Saturday, December 10, 2011

Christmas Ideas: Kobo e-ink Reader...Can E-books Be As Personal As Print Books?

Since I posted about the Nook, I figured I'd provide a link for the Kobo e-ink reader.
I do own one of these and I love it. I have no complaints. It's simple to use and for me it provides a very personalized digital reading experience. In fact, this comfortable, personal "feeling" was the last thing I expected when I bought this e-reader.

The personal aspect is something readers don't hear about often. We read books, for the most part, for entertainment and comfort. And I think it's important to mention this part of the experience when making the switch from print books to e-books. I know I hesitated about e-books for a long time because the concept of reading digital books seemed so impersonal. When my first Kobo e-ink reader came in I left it sitting on the desk for almost two weeks.

But when I finally sat down and started reading, I actually found the reading experience itself to be personal and comfortable. I now prefer it to print books because it's more comfortable, and can't imagine going back to reading print books unless it is absolutely necessary.


Barb said...

Does kobo have their own library of books that you purchase like amazon does w/ kindle?

ryan field said...

Barb...yes, they do. And I love their store. After you download the app, it's as simple as pushing a button. Almost anything I can get on amazon I can get on Kobo. And there was one book in particular I couldn't find once, and I called an agent friend of mine because it was his client's book. A week later he told me his client's book had been added to Kobo. I don't know how that works or how books are added to online retail web sites. But Kobo has an extensive list, including all New York Times bestsellers.

I also like Kobo because, at the time I bought it, I could have library books downloaded.