Kobo anyone?

Becky

I really want an eReader and am leaning towards the Kobo.  The biggest selling point for me is I can borrow library books on the Kobo!  When I hit my due date, the book will delete itself from the unit, so no late fees.  How cool is that!?

Do you girls have any experience with eReaders?  Which would you recommend and why? 
Aug 17, 2011 @ 11:23 am

13 Replies

AlexJC

Kindle vs. kobo

I have used a kindle before but not the kobo. My friend has a kindle and I believe you can also borrow books on it. I know with almost all e-readers (if not all) some books that are very old are free because of some copyright law. Anyway- books like Pride and Prejudice and Dracula would be free I think.

What I love about all e-readers is the fact that the screen looks like an actual page, since it isn't backlit like your computer or cell phone screen. To be honest I think the kobo and kindle are pretty similar, there is probably a price difference though. I know kindles are expensive. If it helps my friend who has a kindle adores her's. I would go to the indigo where kindles are available are play around with it first. Hope you find one that works well!
Aug 17, 2011 @ 11:35 am
TammyK

I had Sony pocket ereader and now I have the new Kobo Touch

I got the Sony pocket ereader before and it was a good ereader but I didn't need all the functions that it had to offer and I found it to be a bit too small since it's "pocket size". So, being the nerd, I was counting down the days until the Kobo ereader became available. I got it in white and I must say, I love it.

The selling point for me is that I can borrow library books. I have read so many books off of the ereader and so far there hasn't been any issues. I would definitely recommend the Kobo ereader!

And you're right. You never have to worry about overdue fees again lol. It's so simple and easy. I do have to say that ebooks are slowly making their ways into the library and they only allow certain numbers of copies to be taken out. The popular books, like the Hunger Games, will be all gone. All you have to do is to put it on hold, and when the copy is available, they will send you an email letting you know that you have 4 days to go online and to download it. It's really simple and I get really excited whenever I get an email telling me my book is ready for me.

Also, from what I've heard and from research that I've done, the kobo touch is the newest edition so it has a lot of advanced stuff that some ereaders don't have. I'm not talking about features though like the dictionary and such, but like E-ink, being able to support more formats, etc.

Hope this helps!
Aug 17, 2011 @ 02:21 pm
Becky

Thank you!!!

@Alexjc: my friend has a kindle and although I love playing with it, I think it's locked down to amazon so you can't get library books on it. Also I read that it can't read adobe epub format which is the format that almost all library books are in, so another reason why it won't read library books. Or am I wrong?

@Tammy: gf I was actually debating between the Sony and Kobo! So you've almost sold me on the Kobo lol. You're in Toronto right? Do you just go to www.torontopubliclibrary.ca and download books from there? Or do you go to the specific branch websites for books? And what softwares do you use to transfer books from your PC to your Kobo? Or do you download the books straight to the kobo?
Aug 17, 2011 @ 04:32 pm
TammyK

I only know how to go to torontopubliclibrary lol

So this is what I do...I go look for ebooks here:
http://toronto.lib.overdrive.com/76E520B7-9EA6-4CCD-A327-F906EA154267/10/473/en/Default.htm

Then I search for a book and I look to see if they have the the format Adobe ePub ebook. If they do, then i follow the instructions to borrow it by downloading it onto my computer. Now, if you don't have the software, it's called "Adobe Digital Edition". All the information on how to get that software will be right on the library website since they literally guide you through every step.

After I open the software...I hope I'm remembering this correctly...I just open the book file using the software and it will automatically load onto Adobe digital edition. Then you just drag the file onto your ereader (given that you have your ereader plugged in). I don't know how great my instructions are but it's actually really simple!

The kobo always reads PDF files but I would not recommend using the kobo to read PDF because that format is already set so it won't fit to your kobo screen. You'll have to keep scrolling around to read different parts of the page lol.


Aug 17, 2011 @ 04:45 pm
mamaluv

so cool!

I've wanted an e-reader, but I didn't know about the library option. Now it's going on my Christmas list :)
Aug 17, 2011 @ 04:53 pm
GlamGal

Don't Know Much!

Don't know much about ereaders...but love the way the light on the screen is tinted so your eyes don't hurt from the bleary screen light :)
Aug 18, 2011 @ 09:13 am
Becky

sold!!

@Tammy I'm going to go get mine today!! yippee ..so excited!! :-D Now my biggest debate is Black, Pearl or Lilac? Hmm...

@mamaluv, if you're looking to borrow books on an ereader, then I read great reviews for the Nook in the States. The Sony and Nook got very comparable reviews :-)
Aug 18, 2011 @ 10:51 am
TammyK

Oh colors!

Yes choosing a color is SO HARD so I get what you mean. Also, if you're getting a case you have to pick a color for that too lol.

I actually wanted the lilac but they didn't have that in stock and I didn't want to wait anymore so I got pearl with a purple case that opens up. The case blocks practically everything so it's really important what color that is too!
Aug 18, 2011 @ 11:00 am
Becky

covers

I'm still debating the colours, but I'm leaning towards the black. I can personalize it with shiny stickers and make it my own! And of course stickers will look way better on black than any other colour.

OK onto covers. I tried the expensive covers that look like a book, and they look good but they have no grip. I can totally see myself dropping those. Or are they really more grippy than I think? What about those rubber covers? But those don't have anything protecting the screen. Help?
Aug 19, 2011 @ 12:54 pm
AlexJC

black!

If this helps @Becky I bought a white blackberry and it is now a greyish-yellow colour. yuck so go with the black!
Aug 19, 2011 @ 12:59 pm

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