Last month Gord surprised with with a Kobo eReader. What a sweetie!
Considering how much I love to read, how handy would it be having up to 1000 books in one small light device?! It comes with 100 classics already loaded.
The battery lasts for 10 days or 10,000 page turns. You charge it like you do an ipod.
Life has been hectic (I've been out of town a lot) so I haven't had a chance to really take a look at it. I initially found it really confusing so put it aside 'til I had some time.
I finally sat down tonight to figure out how to get books onto it.
You have to open an account with Kobo which looks and acts similar to itunes. Like itunes, buying ebooks online is easy since there is a link on your account.
There are thousands and thousands of free ebooks out there and I was interested in tapping into those first.
Then I had to download Adobe Digital Editions ... that saved the ebooks onto my laptop. From there, I had to direct them (in Adobe Digital Editions) to go to the Kobo (it's an option). Then in the Kobo program, I had to "update" and then "sync" (like in itunes) the ebooks to get them onto the eReader. See why I needed to set some time aside to figure it all out? The instructions that come with the Kobo and what is online didn't really tell me a lot ... I figured it out by stumbling around.
Where to get free ebooks ...
The Toronto Public Library has thousands and thousands of downloadable ebooks. You have to have a library card and you can "borrow" the ebooks for three weeks. I downloaded a couple and they seem to be in "pdf" format and are considered on the eReader to be documents rather than books ... but they are still readable.
Kobo has a couple hundred free ebooks available.
Chapters Indigo has over 22,000 free ebooks available ... I downloaded about 20 random ones tonight.
Do you have an eReader, either a Kobo, a Kindle or something else?