Kobo eReaders are now at Vroman's!

by Rachel on December 10, 2012

In September, I had the amazing opportunity of traveling to New York for the American Booksellers Association’s (ABA)  IndieCommerce Institute.  Not only did I meet amazing booksellers from all over the country, but we were able to chat and compare how each store is run and bounce ideas off each other. We spent a lot of time looking at each other’s websites, and based on other stores’ experiences, I learned a lot about how I can work on (slowly but surely!) making the website more efficient and user-friendly so that all of our customers have a positive shopping experience both in the store and online.

Interestingly enough, the IndieCommerce Institute happened at a very important time in the world of ABA member bookstores.  Yes, we were there to review the mechanics of websites and talk about books and reading and all that great stuff, but there was a big announcement to be made, and it just happened to coincide with our conference.

ABA member bookstores have been selling Google eBooks, but when Google announced it was ending its reseller program for eBooks in January, the ABA needed to find a new solution for independent bookstores to continue selling eBooks.   The ABA spent a lot of time looking for an eReader and eBook vendor that would be appropriate for its member bookstores, and after much consideration, they worked out an agreement with Kobo, a family of eReaders  founded within Indigo, a popular Canadian bookstore chain.   Kobo has over 10 million users worldwide and offers over 3 million ebook titles.

“But ebooks are evil and I love Vroman’s so much, I’ll never buy eBooks or an eReader ever!”  Not at all!   Kobo and Vroman’s (and any other indie bookstore, for that matter) can live together in perfect harmony.   You’re supporting our store when you purchase a Kobo device from us, and you continue to do so when you buy Kobo ebooks through your Kobo account on your device or on our website.  So don’t you worry!

We have a lot of information about the Kobo eReaders on our website, and you can find the detailed Kobo information here, but here’s a quick overview of the world of Kobo.

What Kobo devices do you carry at Vroman’s?
Vroman’s carries the Kobo Mini and the Kobo Glo.

Kobo display at Vroman's Bookstore.

The Kobo display at Vroman's! Vroman's Hastings Ranch also carries the Kobo Mini & Kobo Glo.

What is E Ink?
The Kobo Mini and Kobo Glo are both E Ink devices.  E Ink is meant to look like ink on paper for a comfortable, no-glare reading experience.  And by “it’s meant to look like ink” I mean it IS ink— tiny particles of ink stick to the screen so that text appears crisp.

What other devices allow you to read Kobo eBooks?
You can actually read Kobo eBooks on several different devices.  Vroman’s will now be selling Kobo eBooks instead of Google eBooks, so if you have bought those in the past, you can purchase Kobo eBooks in exactly the same way.  You can read the Kobo eBooks on the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android devices, Sony readers, and more with Kobo’s free reading apps . You can find instructions and the full list of supported devices here.  And remember, once you’ve set up a Kobo account through our link, with each Kobo eBook  you purchase, you’re supporting Vroman’s!

So if you're not selling Google eBooks anymore, how do I access the ones I already have?  Can I read them on my Kobo?
You will continue to be able to access them via your Google account. However, the IndieBound Reader app was designed specifically to interface with Google eBooks and will no longer be supported after January 2013.  If desired, you can load your Google eBooks to a new Kobo device using Adobe Digital Editions. Please see this video, produced by Google, for a step-by-step guide to transferring your Google eBooks to your new Kobo eReader.

How many books to the Kobo Mini and Kobo Glo hold?
The Kobo Mini holds up to 1,000 eBooks on 2GB of internal memory.  The Kobo Glo also holds 1,000 eBooks on 2GB of internal memory, with the option of adding memory with a 32GB Micro SD card (maximum).

Does Kobo allow sharing of books between Kobo devices, like Kindle and Nook do?
At this time, it is not possible for a Kobo customer to lend or share eBooks from their library with another person. The eBooks in your Kobo library are tied directly to your account and password.

Can I give Kobo books as a gift?
Yes!/ Kind of (you just need to give a Kobo gift card).  Since all Kobo ebooks are connected to your account when you purchase them, and Kobo customers are unable to lend or share their ebooks,  you can’t technically buy an eBook and just give it to someone.  But don’t worry!  Kobo offers Kobo gift cards that you can give that special someone and will allow them to buy the books they want.  Vroman's Bookstore gift cards cannot be used to buy Kobo eBooks at this time, as a Kobo eBook purchase takes place through your Kobo account, not the Vroman's website.

Kobo eReaders and accessories display at Vroman's Bookstore.

We also sell Kobo cases and covers!

Maybe you've been interested in eBooks and eReaders, but you weren't quite sure where to start.  Maybe a Kobo would be perfect for someone on your holiday shopping list.  Maybe you want to be able to say you have 1,000 books in your pocket.  Or maybe you just like that KOBO is BOOK with the letters jumbled.  If you're looking for a way to read eBooks and support independent bookstores at the same time, the Kobo might be just what you've been searching for.