I don’t now how long it’s been online, but the user guide for the Kobo Aura One is available [direct PDF link].
The public library book lending bit is not as easy as the New York Public Library’s SimplyE app.
Yeah, so an OverDrive account is required too!
Nate at The Digital Reader takes a dim view of the entire process:
When I first reported on the Aura One, I said that easy library ebook access could tempt me to switch from paper to digital library books. That might still happen, but as it stands Kobo isn’t there yet.
All in all, I found trying to read a library ebook on the Aura One to be a frustrating experience.
This is not even close to the “one-touch OverDrive library lending access” promised in the press release, nor is it more convenient than reading a library ebook on a Kindle.
In fact, I played around with the OverDrive site while working on this post, and I really think that it is easier to borrow an ebook from the site and push it to either a Kindle or a Kindle app.
Boldfaced emphasis added by me.
All of the print publishers must be excited that the Kobo Aura One has Friction Inside.
Look, Kobo owns OverDrive. If the New York Public Library can link to OverDrive without its patrons requiring a separate OverDrive account, Kobo can damn well do the same! Kobo’s own customers shouldn’t have to put up with any speedbumps.
The steps should be:
1) Select a public library
2) Enter Card Number and PIN
3) BAM! Done! Go find books!
OverDrive should be invisible to the process.
And as for the Kobo Aura One being at Best Buy on September 30th? That now seems to be in some doubt!
There’s been enough time for Best Buy to list it on their website to drum up excitement. But it’s not listed as of post time. That’s not a Good Sign.
In addition, the official Kobo Twitter sent out this:
I did not hallucinate it would be at Best Buy! Kobo’s own press release said so:
So will it or won’t it be at Best Buy? Without being able to try it in person, the odds of my even wanting it are plummeting.
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