In a market like e-books, dominated by a giant the size of Amazon, it is by no means easy to gain a foothold: not only are its products good, but its ecosystem is also huge.

However, proposals like Rakuten's with

Kobo Sage

manage to remember that the gardens outside this empire also flourish and that those who want to give up the Kindle do not have to give up everything it offers.

The bet, in any case, is risky and perhaps that is why Kobo has avoided the category in which it is most difficult to compete with Amazon. Thus, the Sage, with its

289.99 euros

, goes directly to the high range and forgets a battlefield in which the missiles of less than two figures from Jeff Bezos are unbeatable. Whoever is going to spend more, the company seems to think, will seek the best, not the most comfortable. And they can offer it to you.

The 240.8 grams of the device give it a robust body -but lightweight- that does not get to bother in prolonged reading sessions unless posture is forced. The

8-inch display

is sharp, bright and warm, while adjustable, so that everyone can find the perfect setting for every situation. Inside, the 32 GB of storage provides space for a pocket Alexandria library (or rather a backpack: it is a terminal closer to



Despite not having noble materials, the body of the Kobo Sage reflects its high range.

The plastic is of quality and the construction too, which avoids looking like just another reader.

Even the finish of the buttons is careful - they do not dance and respond perfectly - and the rough design of the back makes it easy to hold it with one hand without slipping.

Perhaps the 290 euros it costs is too much for many, but those who pay

it will not have the feeling that it is not worth it


The back with a striped design helps to hold the device - it is not heavy, but blunt - and gives it a touch of personality.

Unfortunately, fingerprints are easily marked unless one of its many accessories is used: the additional battery case.

Thanks to this portable tank, which costs

79.99 euros

, the Sage can spend a couple of weeks in operation almost without batting an eye.

It could go the holidays without a charger, but luckily

it has a USB-C

, so most likely it shares a cable with the mobile phone.

Here Kobo marks an important point against the Kindle models that still have a prehistoric micro USB.

In the peripherals section, we must also highlight the smart pencil that allows you to make annotations or scribble on books.

Like the cover, it is sold separately (

39.99 euros

) and can live in it: magnets keep it in place.

Of course, the battery is not used to charge it, since it works with batteries.

The pencil also enables Sage to act as an electronic notebook and convert what is written on it to text.

Not to be its main function, the tool responds with considerable precision and gives you many additional possibilities, although anyone looking for a specific device for this should look in that category.

Another function that seeks to add is the Bluetooth with which, through headphones, the Sage

can play audiobooks


Again, it is an addition that adds, but does not multiply: the absence of a headphone jack or speakers considerably limits its potential.

The decision to leave the Amazon universe entails going to another galaxy and abandoning its colossal catalog and facilities.

Rakuten, with its alliance with the Fnac, ensures that there are also stars in this firmament and, in any case, its compatibility with 15 formats (namely: EPUB, EPUB3, FlePub, PDF, MOBI, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, TIFF, TXT, HTML, RTF, CBZ, CBR) avoid falling into a black hole of reading.

In this sense, he also puts an asterisk on the idea of ​​leaving the e-commerce giant on principle.

In a world where there was no Kindle, the Kobo Sage could be the Kindle.

If it is not the best e-book reader, it is close and, in addition, it has one of the giants of the sector behind it.

In this reality, what it is, without a doubt, is an alternative that allows one to escape into that parallel universe.

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