Back in late Spring, I purchased a Kobo – an e Reader created in Canada but spreading its wings all over the world. The price was right and the fact that it is Canadian-made influenced my purchase decision. After a few little snags and a (free) replacement, I am fairly happy with this little device. It comes with 100 free (classic) titles. You can buy titles for as low as 89 cents (CAD). They offer frequent special deals for discounts on purchases, free Kobo contests, even win an iPad contest. They have partnered with TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival), hotel chains and, now that Libraries are making downloadable e books available, the Kobo works well with most downloadable books (unless you use an i Pad to read your e books – the proprietary software is making it nearly impossible for Library users to read e books on their iPad).
I’ve been reading the full Amelia Peabody series written by Elizabeth Peters (aka Barbara Mertz, aka Barbara Michaels). The earlier books in the series were quite inexpensive and now I am hooked so I’ll be downloading each book in the series. Of course I’ve also downloaded some borrowed books from our Library as well.
You might think that someone who has worked in Libraries for almost 25 years would be against anything but the printed word in book format. I am a reader and have always loved holding a new book in my hands, turning those pages, smelling that new book smell, scouring the shelves. One would presume that I would object strenuously to the advent of computerized books, how impersonal, can you take that in the bathtub with you? (Yes you can actually.) But, I find that I am thoroughly loving this medium. Remember, I’m a Web Coordinator and I do love new technology, but what it really boils down to is the practicality of carrying around dozens – even hundreds – of books…at once… in my purse and having books and stories at my disposal. When I want to read something, it’s there. Maybe it’s not always the most recent – but there are so many titles out there for us to read. Why not save some trees (and maybe some poor little squids) and buy an e Reader like the Kobo or Sony.
- Kobo Sends eBooks and eReaders to Canadian Troops in Afghanistan (newswire.ca)
- News in Short: Kijiji expands with Montreal presence, Torontonian hired as Kobo CMO (techvibes.com)
- Kobo Moves To the Desktop (geardiary.com)
- TIFF is about more than the movies – Vitamin Water hosts celeb filled backyard social (techvibes.com)
- Add content from other ebook services to your Kobo library (teleread.com)