I give you... Hrothgar

Friday, May 18, 2012
There's a new member of my family - his name is Hrothgar.  Hrothgar king of the eReaders. 

Yes, I named my Kobo Touch.  I'm not really sure why but I had this overwhelming desire to name him (yes, its a him) as soon as I decided on which one I was going to purchase.  Originally, I was getting a Germanic vibe from the box and struggled to choose just the right name.  There were many choices - Dieter, Gunther, Heinz, Otto.  Nothing seemed quite right though.  And then, while reading Lord of the Flies (again), it hit me.  He's not German; he's a Norseman.

Why did that particular bit of info hit me while reading Lord of the Flies?  No clue but it did.  My first thought was to call him Thorfinn BookSplitter, an homage to my favourite character from Eric the Viking but it didn't quite roll off the tongue.  So, Hrothgar he became.  Hrothgar, King of the e-Readers.

I'm very happy I went with the Kobo.  It was incredibly easy to set up and use (despite the phone calls and emails to my buddy Terri with a few silly questions).  I was able to download free books from the Kobo website with a mere click or two of the mouse, and the disc full of e-books she gave me earlier this week were dropped onto the reader quicker than a beserker plowing through a group of unarmed villagers.  I know that many of you recommended the Kindle.  Interestingly enough,  it was all my UK friends that did so.  My Canadian friends and family all recommended the Kobo.  While I'm sure they're both quite similar and equally easy to use, the big kicker was the ability to borrow e-books from my local library.  The Kindle?  Can't do it.  The Kobo?  Easy peasy.  SOLD!

Mom even gave it a try after I had set it up and found it easy to use.  I'm going to let her use it on her own for a while this weekend and see what she thinks.  If it works out, she might just get one for Christmas...

Lots of people name their cars, but does anyone else out there name their electronic devices (smartphone, e-reader, iPad, etc)?


Sylvie said...

Hello! Do you have any idea if Kobo works outside your country? Can we still borrow the ebooks? Thanks(:

Karen said...

Hi Sylvie, I think the Kobo would work anywhere with an internet connection/computer (to download books) although you'd likely need some sort of adapter for outside of North America. Currently Kobo only ships to Canada and the US. The file formats that it supports are
Books: EPUB, PDF and MOBI
Documents: PDF
Images: JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP and TIFF
Text: TXT, HTML and RTF
Comic Books: CBZ and CBR

Pretty wide ranging! You'd have to check the website to see if you can download the books offered there to another eReader but I don't see why not as long as the one you have supports the format you're downloading.

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