Hello, yes, it is a “ Kobo Aura HD” it’s not a current model but E readers just work year after year. The Kobo has a 6.8” screen. Screen is 300 DPI same as Kindle.
I read a lot, usually buying books from Amazon and keep my eye on the price of a book I'm interested in waiting for it to come on offer.
The Kindle has a proprietary format, Kobo will read the standard format for Ebooks which is Epub, plus a few other formats. This means that I can log into my local library which is in Poole, and borrow an Ebook. The same rules apply as to physical loans. You get to borrow it for three weeks and can renew the loan unless there is a waiting list for the book. You can also put in a reservation for a book if it is out on loan, and you are told how many days before it will become available to you ( there may be a few people in the queue to borrow it.
Having said all that, there are a few different loan systems across the country. " Overdrive " is one where I believe you can borrow a book directly from the Library using the Kobo. My local library has recently joined a consortium called "Libraries West " which uses software called " CloudLibrary " which works differently. Here is how I borrowed my latest book.
Log in to my local library online and navigate to the "Libraries West" Ebook Catalogue.
I have selected a filter so I'm only shown books that are available to borrow immediately.
I selected the book i want to borrow and downloaded it to the computer.
I have to run the downloaded book through a piece of software called " Adobe Digital Editions " which is a free download. This is a DRM style thing to prevent you copying the book.
I then plug the Kobo into the laptop and transfer it using the KoBo software.
Sounds a bit convoluted but it only takes a couple of minutes, and as I said, this is due to the CloudLibrary system.
Of course there are loads of other sources for E Books, and the Epub format is the standard.
I've taken a photo of my Kindle and Kobo side by side
Edit to add that there's " Project Gutenberg " a trove of over 60,000 free Ebooks