Kobo Forma 8GB

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Kobo Forma 8GB
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Product information

Key specs

Screen size
8 inches
Water-resistant
Yes
Memory card reader
No
Integrated WiFi
Yes
Total storage capacity
8 GB

Pros and cons

According to our e-reader expert
  • You can hold this lightweight e-reader for long stretches of time thanks to its ergonomic grip.
  • Thanks to the waterproof casing you can read at the beach or next to the pool without worry.
  • Comfortlight Pro automatically adjusts the backlight based on your environment, while also filtering blue light.
  • It doesn't include an adapter for charging via a socket, only a micro USB cable.
  • It doesn't include a protective cover, so order a protective cover or one of our recommended combinations and prevent damage to the vulnerable screen.
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Description

Thanks to a number of improvements, the Kobo Forma is the ideal e-reader to read on for longer periods of time. The 8-inch screen might be larger than that of other Kobo e-readers, but the Forma is still lighter than most of those e-readers. The ergonomic grip on the side allows you to easily hold this Kobo for longer stretches of time. With the physical buttons on the grip, you can easily flip a page. The comfort of your eyes has also been considered, because Comfortlight Pro ensures that the screen backlight automatically adjusts to the ambient light. It filters blue light at night, so you can fall asleep more easily when you're done reading. Do you want to read in bed, but also at the beach? The Kobo Forma is waterproof, so feel free to bring it to the beach or pool

Note: you have to create a Kobo account to use a Kobo e-reader.

Thanks to a number of improvements, the Kobo Forma is the ideal e-reader to read on for longer periods of time. The 8-inch screen might be larger than that of other Kobo e-readers, but the Forma is still lighter than most of those e-readers. The ergonomic grip on the side allows you to easily hold this Kobo for longer stretches of time. With the physical buttons on the grip, you can easily flip a page. The comfort of your eyes has also been considered, because Comfortlight Pro ensures that the screen backlight automatically adjusts to the ambient light. It filters blue light at night, so you can fall asleep more easily when you're done reading. Do you want to read in bed, but also at the beach? The Kobo Forma is waterproof, so feel free to bring it to the beach or pool

Note: you have to create a Kobo account to use a Kobo e-reader.


Included by default

  • Manual (451.27 KB)
  • Micro USB cable

Included by default

  • Manual (451.27 KB)
  • Micro USB cable

Tips for using this product

Read our tips and find out all about how to set up your product and use it the right way.

Key specs

Screen size
8 inches
Water-resistant
Yes
Memory card reader
No
Integrated WiFi
Yes
Total storage capacity
8 GB

Reviews

Most helpful reviews

  • 4.5 / 5 stars
    9,2/10
    Great e-reader, worth the money!

    De Leeuw | 26 October 2018 | In the version: 8GB - Black - Without cover | Automatically translated from Dutch

    • Nice big screen
    • nice buttons
    • Fits well in the hand
    • Integration with Pocket
    • Library books can be placed on it
    • Pricey
    • Hard to find a cover for

    For four years I had a Kindle Paperwhite with a 6 inch screen. Initially I used it a lot, but the small screen, wide bezels and Amazon system started to annoy me. Coincidentally, this Kobo e-reader just came on the market when I wanted to buy a new one.

    I can tell you, it's a breath of fresh air. In terms of size, the screen now at least resembles a real book and is certainly not too large. Why don't more manufacturers make such an 8 inch screen?

    The design also deserves a big thumbs up. The soft, rubber-like plastic feels friendly and pleasant. The weight of the device is on the side where you hold it, which makes it very comfortable.

    I also really like that Kobo works with Pocket. I follow a number of blogs and websites, and the new articles automatically end up in my Pocket account (you can set this up using IFTTT). From now on I can read it every morning on my e-reader, without distractions from apps or other smartphone irritations. Very very nice!

    Finally, compliments to Coolblue. The wrong product was delivered in the morning, but after a phone call it was immediately ensured that the correct e-reader arrived on the same day.

    De Leeuw | 26 October 2018 | In the version: 8GB - Black - Without cover | Automatically translated from Dutch
  • 4.5 / 5 stars
    8,8/10
    Recommended for manga, despite small memory.

    Marvin Schreurs | 20 April 2019 | In the version: 8GB - Black - Without cover | Automatically translated from Dutch

    • 8" screen works well for manga
    • Good out-of-the-box support for CBR/CBZ files
    • Simple to use
    • No expandable memory
    • Little internal memory
    • Slow file transfer

    I bought this e-reader mainly for reading comic books and manga, and that's one thing this e-reader is pretty good at. Kobo has done a lot with recent updates to improve CBR/CBZ file support, allowing you to browse the pages relatively quickly and smoothly. The 8" screen is large and sharp enough to keep everything readable. Japanese manga work particularly well with this format. The function to tilt your image is also very useful for manga that uses double pages that are shown as 1 whole. With the forma you tilt the screen and you can still view these types of pages in the wide landscape mode.

    Where the format fails, however, is the memory capacity. With only 8GB, of which about 7GB is usable, you can't put many volumes of comic books on your reader at once. You will mainly notice this if you would like to have many different series on your reader. Another stumbling block is that the file transfer via USB is quite slow. This is not as annoying with normal e-books, but noticeable with comic books as they take up more memory.

    The ease of reading the format is a big plus. The thick gripping edge still gives you a solid handle to hold your reader, while the other thin edges make the reader quite compact for the screen size. The use of softer materials also gives you a better grip on the device, in addition to the fact that it feels nicer. The leaf buds are nice to have, although I personally find them a bit too far apart. This can become unpleasant with very long reading. You can of course always browse with the touchscreen, if you prefer.

    I make less use of the kobo-specific functions, such as the kobo shop and pocket integration. They function properly, but do not get in the way if you want to use the reader purely for your own DRM-free books. The pocket integration is useful if you like to take articles from the internet with you, but please note that you must first synchronize your articles with WiFi to your reader.

    Personally, I recommend this e-reader for manga readers and people who would like a bigger, clearer screen. As a manga reader, be aware of the lack of memory. There would also be a 32GB version of the forma for manga readers, but I haven't come across this in the Netherlands yet.

    Marvin Schreurs | 20 April 2019 | In the version: 8GB - Black - Without cover | Automatically translated from Dutch
  • 5 / 5 stars
    10/10
    The large screen makes it a better choice than a book.

    Martine van de Moesdijk | 10 June 2019 | In the version: 8GB - Black - Without cover | Automatically translated from Dutch

    • Wonderfully large screen, for me the only reason to buy the Forma.
    • Buttons to turn the page
    • Faster than my Kobo Glo
    • too expensive

    The big screen is really great. I only used the Kobo glo on vacation because of the small screen. I use the Forma every day. I no longer buy paper books. And the eReader is very light in weight. Despite the high price if you compare it with other eReaders, I would definitely recommend the eReader.

    Martine van de Moesdijk | 10 June 2019 | In the version: 8GB - Black - Without cover | Automatically translated from Dutch
  • 4.5 / 5 stars
    8,8/10
    recommended
    • good readability
    • compact
    • easy to handle
    • limited colors
    • protective cover to be paid separately
    • pleated model, more difficult to store

    Readability in the sun

    Eddy Ivens | 11 August 2019 | In the version: 8GB - Black - Without cover | Automatically translated from Dutch
  • 5 / 5 stars
    10/10
    Super nice
    • Large screen that can rotate
    • High price

    The large screen and side buttons make reading enjoyable. The price is high, but worth it.

    Wijnand van Plaggenhoef | 5 June 2020 | In the version: 8GB - Black - Without cover | Automatically translated from Dutch
  • 5 / 5 stars
    10/10
    in one word: great!
    • Beautiful screen image
    • Intuitive
    • Fast
    • Good for reading PDFs
    • Light weight
    • You still can't jump to a page number

    This is my third e-reader but the first on which you can also read PDFs well!

    Wolter Klimbie | 17 May 2019 | In the version: 8GB - Black - Without cover | Automatically translated from Dutch
  • 4.5 / 5 stars
    9,2/10
    Koba+Sleepcover = Killer Combo!
    • FormFactor
    • User experience
    • Price

    First experience with an eReader and I already feel 'spoiled for life'. Great device, usable out of the box and easy to set up. Very handy, especially in combination with the Koba Forma Sleepcover (which unfortunately is heavily priced)

    Joris Van Dyck | 6 November 2018 | In the version: 8GB - Black - Without cover | Automatically translated from Dutch
  • 5 / 5 stars
    10/10
    probably the best e-reader of the moment
    • feels good in the hand
    • has scroll buttons
    • nice big screen
    • very light in weight
    • is pricey
    • the on/off button in an awkward place

    This e-reader has many possibilities. An 8 inch screen reads very comfortably. The eReader is very light in weight and ergonomically well thought out. It has a gyroscope so you can use it with both left and right hand and also in landscape mode. Very user-friendly. I had a Kobo Aura One for years, also an excellent device, but the Forma still surpasses the Aura One. Highly recommended for those willing to pay a steep price.

    een klant | 5 March 2019 | In the version: 8GB - Black - Without cover | Automatically translated from Dutch
  • 5 / 5 stars
    9,6/10
    Powerful and versatile e-reader. Recommended!
    • Browse large PDF files smoothly
    • Available memory is more than I ever get full
    • Also reads the current Comic formats
    • Large screen ideal for PDF and Comics

    Where smaller and less powerful eReaders usually fail when it comes to PDF, the Kobo Forma does an excellent job.

    Tom De Vylder | 23 April 2021 | In the version: 32GB - Black - Without cover | Automatically translated from Dutch
  • 5 / 5 stars
    10/10
    The Kobo Forma a must.
    • Very convenient to use, especially the push buttons
    • Easy to use with one hand
    • The sleep cover is definitely recommended
    • None found for the moment

    Initially it was adjusting in terms of the difference between holding a book and the e-reader. But after a short time it feels very comfortable, especially if you read something in bed at night. The e-reader can be used with one hand and the light does not have to be turned on, so your bedfellow can continue to doze.

    Paul Bourgeois | 12 December 2018 | In the version: 8GB - Black - Without cover | Automatically translated from Dutch