I was pretty sure that I’d like to read books on my iPad. I’m a gadget guy and the idea of having a library of books and manuals at my disposal is just too geeky to pass up. Here’s the thing, I have a small stack of books (Blink, Under Heaven, Anathem, and Under The Dome) in the queue for reading (as well as a few business books I was given for review). As much as I want to read them, I want to read them on my iPad.
I think it’s the fact that I switch between them without carrying all of these giant hardcover books. I think it’s the, hmm, I’ll just read for a moment (yes, my iPad is close by almost all the time), that I like.
Unfortunately, I don’t really want to buy these books all over again (fine Under The Dome was a gift) so I can read them on my iPad. Then it hit me.
What if I could go to Chapters and turn in the books for credit towards buying the book through Kobo? Sure, I’d love a one-for-one trade, but I think that is hoping for a bit much. Now, Chapters could resell the books (unlikely) or donate them to the library. Think of how many new books libraries might be able to get!
In my mind, I think this could be a great way for Kobo to get more folks using their reader (maybe the credit could go to buying a reader) or the iPad/Android/iPhone versions of the app. Myself I really like the Kobo iPad app. Until the recent updates to iBooks, I thought it was a better eReader app.
So, let’s see if Kobo thinks this is a good idea.