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Chargers for the Kobo Vox and Kobo Arc

I get many questions about which chargers will work for the Kobo Vox and Arc, both here and at the store, so I thought I’d give them a post all their own.

The short answer is, you need a 2A 5V micro USB charger.  So, 2 amps, 5 volts.

Most micro USB chargers are 5V, but not all are 2A.

The Kobo Vox was built with proprietary technology built into the charger – which means that using non-Kobo chargers can be problematic.  If it isn’t a Kobo charger, the Vox doesn’t register battery charge levels properly.  The battery may be fully charged, but it won’t know.  Most of the time this isn’t an issue, but sometimes it can lead to the Vox turning itself off due to what it thinks are insufficient power levels.  You can buy a charger directly from Kobo  no longer buy chargers from Kobo, they aren’t even listed on the site.  You can try and see if you can search out a used or refurbished one, but Vox users may be out of luck at this point.

For both the Arc and Vox (and many other tablets, like the Nexus 7), it is vital to get a 2A charger.  Imagine your battery as a pool of water.  Using the battery drains the water.  So, you have to refill the pool.  The number of amps is the width of the hose you’re using.  If you try to charge your tablet with a charger that has insufficient amperage, it’s like trying to refill that pool through a drinking straw.  It’s going to take an awfully long time, and the water is going to keep draining away faster than you’re filling it.



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New Kobo Line Announced

Here’s the press release from Kobo, just posted this very minute!  I promise to give you more as soon as I have it.


An eReader for Everyone – Kobo Breaks Ground for eReading with New Family: Kobo Mini, Kobo Touch, Kobo Glo, and Kobo Arc

Starting at $79.99 the New Kobo Family will be available at World’s Largest Network of Booksellers and Leading Retailers including Best Buy and Walmart

September 06, 2012

Kobo Family - Hi Res

Kobo Family – Hi Res

Kobo, a global leader in eReading, today unveiled its new Kobo Family of eReading devices:  the Kobo Glo, Kobo Mini, Kobo Touch and the Kobo Arc – a 7” Android tablet. Designed by booklovers for booklovers, the new Kobo Family starts at $79.99 and provides readers with more choice and more ways to personalize their eReading experience than ever before – including new stylish colors, accessories, lighting and multimedia options.

Launched in 2009, with a vision to transform the world of reading, Kobo remains focused on delivering a superior eReading experience. Today, Kobo has more than 10-million users in 190 countries, and offers one of the world’s largest eBookstores with nearly 3 million books across 60 different languages.Kobo pioneered the affordable eReader in May 2010 and is now introducing for the first time its new Kobo Family – offering an eReader for Everyone. The company is a driving force behind the adoption of eReading around the world with its award-winning eReaders and tablets, free apps for tablets, PCs and smartphones, and extensive network of booksellers and leading retailers.

“Our focus has remained firmly on delivering a superior experience for booklovers around the world.  With 11,000 booksellers and leading retail partners across five continents, we are bringing the new Kobo Family to booklovers everywhere,” said Michael Serbinis, CEO, Kobo. “The new Kobo Family provides more choice for booklovers and a superior eReading and content discovery experience – truly, an eReader for Everyone.”

This announcement follows last week’s news of Kobo’s partnership with the American Booksellers Association, empowering up to 2,000 bookstores across America.  U.S. independent bookstores join Kobo’s global network of leading booksellers including Indigo (Canada), WHSmith (UK), FNAC (France), Mondadori (Italy), Libris (Netherlands), Collins (Australia), Whitcoulls (New Zealand), Rakuten (Japan).

“The launch of Kobo’s new Family of eReading devices represents a bold step for both Kobo and Rakuten,” said Rakuten CEO Hiroshi Mikitani. “This reinforces our commitment to expanding digital goods and e-commerce services to new markets around the globe through beautiful and exciting devices.”


The new front-lit, Kobo Glo is the next generation in comfortable eReading. It offers innovative soft, even and adjustable ComfortLight technology to enable consumers to read anytime – day or night. Its durable screen and customizable page-turning features make it the perfect eReader for the booklover. The Kobo Glo uses E Ink technology, customizable fonts and a no-glare XGA high-resolution 6” E Ink screen that is just like reading print on paper, and connects easily to Wi Fi allowing consumers to explore and discover recommendations in the Kobo eBookstore. The Kobo Glo eReader comes in Black or White and a selection of stylish colours – Pink Sunset, Blue Moon, Silver Star – and will be available starting October 1st for $129.99 MSRP.

KOBO MINI – SMALL IS A BIG DEAL                        

The Kobo Mini is the world’s smallest and lightest full-featured E Ink eReader available today, offering the full Kobo experience at a great value. Proving that great things come in small packages, the 5” Kobo Mini easily fits in your purse or pocket and is loaded with all the amazing features Kobo customers have come to know and love. Just like reading print on paper, the no-glare 5” E Ink screen is easy on the eyes – even in bright sunlight. The Kobo Mini comes in black or white and offers a selection of three stylish Kobo SnapBacks in Teal, Ruby Red, and Purple.  Perfect for people on-the-go, young adults, and easy for first-time readers to hold and read, the highly portable Kobo Mini holds up to 1,000 eBooks.  The Kobo Mini will be available starting October 1st for $79.99 MSRP.


The new Kobo Arc offers booklovers a competitively featured Android 4.0 multimedia tablet with a new way to discover content – books, movies, TV shows, music, web pages and more.  With a Kobo-developed interface called Tapestries, Kobo Arc gives consumers an exciting new way to discover content.  Using an intelligent cross-media recommendations engine, Tapestries responds to the user’s “pinned” content to recommend related videos, movies, books, webpages and other related content. Tapestries makes it easy to discover new personal multimedia recommendations with little effort as the engine learns what consumers love – and brings them more. The 7” high-definition display delivers crisp, sharp text and with 16-million colours bring photos and videos to life. With front-facing speakers with SRS TruMedia, a built-in microphone and high-resolution 1.3 MP camera to take photos and videos, the Kobo Arc offers up to 10 hours of continuous reading or video play, and two weeks on standby.  With Google® Play, Kobo Arc users have access to more than 600,000 apps and much-loved pre-loaded apps including Facebook®, Twitter®,  Rdio®, Zinio® and PressReader®. The Kobo Arc is available in Black and White with Blue and Purple interchangeable SnapBacks.  The Kobo Arc will be available this November, starting at $199.99 (8G) MSRP and $249.99 (16G) MSRP.


The award-winning Kobo Touch, named Wired’s #1 eReader in 2012, and the industry’s first touch-screen eReader is available in stores around the world– and is now $99.99.   The Kobo Touch includes Kobo’s latest software with more ways to personalize the reading experience, get recommendations and discover new content.  The Kobo Touch is available in seven languages including English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, and Japanese.


Kobo’s global network of 11,000 booksellers will be offering the Kobo Family starting in October.

Starting today, the Kobo Glo will be available for pre-order from the following retail partners around the world:

Leading booksellers around the world will be carrying the new device lineup including: Indigo, WHSmith, FNAC, Libris Blz. Mondadori, Collins, Whitcoulls, and at leading independent booksellers across America.  Other retailers include: Staples, Target, Wal-mart, Best Buy, Future Shop, Asda, the Source, Sears, Toys “R” Us, Frys, Buy.com, Dixons, Argos, John Lewis, Play.com, Euronics, Electronic Partners, Medimax, Media Markt, Saturn, Redcoon, JB Hi-Fi, The Good Guys, Harvey Norman, Noel Leeming, and Swindon.   In addition, Kobo can be found in Canada, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Austria, Ireland, France, Japan, Hong Kong, Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, and many more countries soon.

For more information and availability on the Kobo Family of devices, visit www.kobo.com.

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Kobo Touch Price Reduction

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.


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Kobo Touch Download Issues

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:

  1. From the home screen, touch the drop-down menu at the top (HOME)
  2. Select “Settings” from the drop-down menu
  3. Select “Extras” from the settings screen.
  4. Select “Launch Browser” from the extras screen.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. You can now close the browser, and return to the home screen, where you can access the Kobo store from the drop-down menu.


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Kobo Vox: Having Power Problems?


The most common issue I see in the Kobo Vox is people having power issues.  The device isn’t charging, the wi-fi goes on and off, etc.  This is, in my experience, almost always because of the battery connection.  The reason for it occurring is idle speculation, but I can tell you how to fix it.

  1. Take the back off the Vox.  Use a fingernail, or something thin to pop off the plastic quilted cover.
  2. Gently remove the battery.  This is the large, thin rectangle taking up most of the left hand side.  The battery is attached to the Vox with a small cable, emerging from the bottom right  hand corner of the battery.  This step makes it easier to access the cable plug.
  3. Grasp the small white plug at the end of the cable.  Gently wiggle it while pulling, to detach it from the Vox.
  4. Once you have unplugged the battery, plug it in again, making sure you feel a “click”.  If you don’t feel the click, try again.  The plug is not properly seated, otherwise.
  5. Place the battery back in its compartment, ensuring you loop the wires under the tab at the bottom of the battery housing, so they don’t get pinched.
  6. Snap the back of the Vox back into place.

Voila!  Your power problem will now, hopefully, be fixed.  Also, while the cover is off, take note of the small recessed button, located next to the upper right-hand corner of the battery.  This is the manual reset button, just in case you ever need it.



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Amazon Publishing bookshop boycott grows | Books | guardian.co.uk

Barnes and Noble, Indigo, and independent booksellers have joined together against  Amazon’s Goliath.


Amazon Publishing bookshop boycott grows | Books | guardian.co.uk.


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A true Happily Ever After….

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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An e-reader e-vangelist?

The bookstore I work at carries e-readers, and I spend a lot of time answering questions, helping people learn how to use them, etc.  That’s my specialty.  I didn’t think much about e-readers until I was given a Kobo Touch for my birthday last year.  I was skeptical as to why I would bother using it, cool as it was, when books were working just fine, thanks – but it was so handy, especially in terms of

a)not funding the public library entirely on my late fees!  I can take out e-books online from the public library, and they expire after three weeks.

b)Brand new hardcover – 1/3 of the price, and about 1/64th of the weight, much easier to tote to various waiting rooms, and on transit.

I will never, never give up the real thing, but my Kobo has won a place in my heart.

I have a couple of customer stories too, that I will share in future posts – they may convince even the most vehement of – erm, what’s a word for people who hate e-readers?    Anyways, they may be convinced that, for some people at least, e-readers are the best thing that could have happened.

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