Thursday, October 18, 2012

Kobo Touch E-Readers

We've knocked a couple of hundred pounds in weight and freed up valuable storage space with purchase of new Kobo Touch E-Readers. I didn't think that I would like this new technology as it would intrude into our simplified lifestyle.


We still carry paper charts, although there are electronic charts on a computer for planning with, and now carry our recreational reading books electronically while reserving the space for paper books that are necessary for navigation.

Thousands of books are available for free, the price that we like the best. New books are also available for modest prices compared to paper versions.

The Kobo books use the E-Pub format which is the same as the libraries use in Canada so we can get loner books as well. In addition they display PDF publications broadening how they can be used.

Taken from KOBO's Hompage:

"Inspired by a "Read Freely" philosophy and a passion for innovation, Kobo is one of the world's fastest-growing eReading services. Read Freely stems from Kobo's belief that consumers should have the freedom to read any book, anytime, anyplace – and on any device. As a result, Kobo has attracted millions of readers from more than 170 countries and features one of the world's largest eReading catalogues with over 2.5 million eBook, newspaper and magazine titles."

In the first few months Kathy's E-Reader refused to charge. After a brief email exchange she was informed that a new one would be sent immediately and she could return the defective reader in the prepaid envelope that would accompany the new reader. Yep, Kobo paid for the shipping both ways and trusted Kathy enough that she would return the broken unit.

Refreshing way of doing business.

1 comment:

  1. I, too, have bought a Kobo e-reader and love it. It's the first thing I put in my bag after my wallet when I go ashore. I can dip into poetry, carry on with my great novel or find something else, and even with its protective case, it's still only the size of a paperback. Best of all I can buy new books - such as Roger Taylor's 'Mingming' books, and keep them, without having to throw out old friends. Truly, e-books are ideal for small-boat sailors.