Attention to anyone who has been considering picking up an e-reader. Chapters Indigo has just marked the Kobo Touch down to $99.
This is the e-reader I have been using myself since last June, and I have been very happy with it. You can get it at that price both in-store and online, and I know they ship to Canada, the US, and quite a few other countries. Wired magazine rated it their #1 editors’ pick over Kindle and the Nook, and it will accept any epub format book, as well as PDF.
I like using it with the public library. I am the world’s worst at returning library books on time, and to me this is a miracle – no late fees possible!
Wanted to share the bargain with you – I paid $139 and thought it was a good deal.
I have noticed that after the new patch that was just released, a new issue has been coming up with Kobo Touch when trying to purchase books directly through Wi-fi. This issue happens because many public hotspots require you to connect via a browser before you download. So, here is how to avoid this problem, if you want to purchase books, directly from your Kobo Touch, using Wi-fi:
- From the home screen, touch the drop-down menu at the top (HOME)
- Select “Settings” from the drop-down menu
- Select “Extras” from the settings screen.
- Select “Launch Browser” from the extras screen.
- You may now see a list of available connections, if your device detects more than one. Select the public network (it will probably have “hotspot” in the name), which won’t have an image of a closed padlock beside it.
- Your Kobo should then show a box asking you to confirm that you want to connect to the hotspot. Agree that you want to connect.
- You should get the browser coming up, and connecting to the Wi-fi site. You should then have a little confirmation box pop up saying that you are connected to the network.
- You can now close the browser, and return to the home screen, where you can access the Kobo store from the drop-down menu.
During the Christmas shopping season, an older lady and her middle-aged son came in to the bookstore I work at. The lady wanted to know if an e-reader could be of help to her. She showed me her hands, which were twisted with rheumatoid arthritis. She loved to read, she said, but holding a book became very painful very quickly for her, both from the weight, and from the awkwardness of turning the pages. Also, she told me she had lost an eye to cancer, and found that reading smaller print was very difficult for her. I showed her the same e-reader I use, (Kobo Touch) which is very light, quite straightforward to learn since it is strictly an e-reader, and it’s a touch screen, so she didn’t need to manipulate buttons to use it. Of course she could re-size the font, to make the print larger, as well. She agreed to give it a trial run, and promised to let me know how it went.
A few weeks later, she and her son were back in the store. She was very emotional as she told me that it was incredible – she could read again, easily, for the first time in years. No eye strain, no pain, just sheer enjoyment. I was practically in tears myself, and she told me how she was telling all her friends about these miraculous devices.
Maybe working in a bookstore, I won’t save the world – but I found out I made her world better, by bringing something she loved back in to her life, and you know what? That’s good enough for me.
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