Can Kobo Vox Convert a Non-Believer? Here's a review by: Papa Ash

Monday, March 26, 2012

We recently had the pleasure to review the Kobo Vox and I had just the right person in mind for this review.  My husband.
This is Papa Ash's first review and blog post and definitely not his last on Everything Mom and Baby.




                                                        photo from Indigo.ca

The Kobo Vox is also a winner with modern dads!
Get to a Indigo store near you for your eReading needs!

I am the perfect example of someone who loves books. Some people may find this a bit hard to understand (my wife included), but I love my bookshelves full of them, I love the feel of them in my hand and I love finishing one with that slightly self-congratulatory smile. On the bookshelf it goes, and on to the next.

Yes, I am the hardest type of person to sell an eReader to. Yet, just the other day, I found myself extolling the virtues of the Kobo Vox eReader from Indigo Book Store to a fellow literary Luddite, and feeling very passionate about converting them to the 21st Century way. How could this have happened? I was late to CD's (still haven't quite figured MP3 players), cell phones and even email. Two weeks with the Kobo Vox and I'm feeling like I'm finally at the forefront of something big. Here's what I've discovered:
It's as portable and convenient as any book, and more so than some giant hardcovers, and the pages don't get all mussed and bent in my valise. (Okay, more like a man purse).
 
The back-lighting is a joy. Clipping a light to books is a pain, and the batteries always die at the most inopportune times. Best of all, the glare doesn't bother my wife when she's sleeping (another dubious earmark of my book obsession as far as she's concerned).

The Kobo Vox can hold a WHOLE lot of books without the need of more bookshelves - and it doesn't get any heavier! Certainly anyone who's had to move residences with a copious amount of books knows what I mean.  And apparently not everyone loves having books as the predominant furniture in the house.  Hi honey!
(side note, Mama Ash here...I don't mind all the books! I just wish we had nicer book shelves and room for all them!)

Here's a beautiful bonus that I wasn't really aware of, but it's way cheaper to buy eBooks. Got your attention with that one didn't I. New books especially.  Like I said above, get to an Indigo book store (great kids area too) or order online from Indigo.ca, one of our favorite places to get books and  I do love going to bookstores. Nothing will replace that bookstore smell and spending leisurely time leafing through the fascinating and disparate titles (usually while my wife is at Winners), but heck, you can still buy the books online! And even in the middle of the night! Or on the bus! Or while sitting at the park!

Sometimes when I'm engrossed in a book, a word may come up that I'm unfamiliar with, or have spent many years with a sort of partial, nebulous understanding of (nonplussed anyone?) largely because I haven't been bothered to go find a dictionary and improve my vocabulary. With the Kobo Vox, the definition is a mere touch of the finger away. I like that. It also charts your reading progress in about a million different and unique ways, gives little rewards, and allows you to chat with other like-minded folks. And this is only the tip of the iceberg.

Why just the tip you ask?
Because it is also tablet! As you may have guessed, I am not the most techno-connected person on the planet, but come on! I can go from reading my book to checking emails, to facebook, to surfing the web without moving an inch. Anywhere, anytime. Remember, I am a person who wouldn't walk four steps to grab a dictionary. Neat things just keep popping up everytime I use it.

Will I give up my books altogether? No. But I never thought I'd be trying to convert other book lovers either. The Kobo Vox is the perfect enhancer to the book loving experience!
And by the way, 'nonplussed' means 'completely perplexed'.  I'm no longer nonplussed.

Stay tuned for a giveaway!

82 comments:

Multi-Testing Mommy said...

I would really like to try an e reader!

Anonymous said...

Thanks to Papa Ash. I have been trying to decide which ereader to get. It has to be pretty special to replace the real books that I love so much.

slhaydon at hotmail dot com

Sober Julie said...

It would be really handy at times but I do love turning pages...

Brandy InsaneMamacita said...

As a former YA librarian, I love me some books. It was hard to join the ebook revolution but I did a couple of years ago. I love my Nook! And you are right, ebooks are cheaper and you can even borrow some from your local library if they have a system setup for it.

Love ereading!

Mama Ash said...

I love the Library feature!

mamawee said...

great review - I have always been hesitant about them

Just Us Girls said...

I've been wanting an e-reader forever, hopefully I'll get one soon. My sister in law has a kindle and I absolutely love it.

AnnMarie Brown said...

I have had an ereader app forever now.. and I was one with a book always in my purse... I loved the smell of paper and books for that matter but converted. I love the convenience of a reader

Shari G said...

I feel the same as you "Papa Ash". I love real books, the touch, and feel of them. I like being really into a book and glancing at how many pages of book is left, just the thickness. I know ereaders have the number count, but it's not the same in my eyes.

But I have read a couple of books on my ipad, and liked it. I think a real ereader would have some real benefits.

leanne_mac said...

I would love to have a E-reader. They seem so wonderful.

leannemacg at gmail.com

tobyhir said...

Would love this...and no paper cuts! lol

marlibu said...

Wow this really makes me want to try an e reader :)

Anonymous said...

would love an ereader!! great review, makes me want one more :)

Angela V said...

Fantastic review! :) Love the touch screen for sure!

Kochic said...

I love to read and an ereader would be perfect on the go with the kids. I could read at the park or waiting for calls at work (I'm a paramedic) I could even get some work related books on there and do some continuing education!

Tara Forshaw said...

My Mom has a Kobo, and I've been suggesting to her that she should get a new one and hand her "old"(1 year old) one to me. No go so far. I'd love to win one though!!

Sweet Panda said...

Would love to try it! Especially, I love that it has the feature of back-lighting!

Tara Forshaw said...

I think the back lighting would be so handy when reading in bed at night.

flowerchild said...

Thanks for the review, I really want to try one.

Anonymous said...

Great review.
Kristina S.
kristina_ann_scott@hotmail.com

Heather said...

I'm sold. I would really rather win one though :)

ginette4 said...

Great review, love that all my favourite books can be downloaded and they are all in one device and that it has a dictionary is a bonus.

Momarabbit said...

Thanks for the review Papa Ash. We bought one for our 10 year old as she is an avid reader and cutting the cost and space for books is a great option for us. I have tried to sneak hers a few times to try it out but no such luck. It seems Kobo sharing is not something she is good at, lol!
-Sherry Wakelin
eagerembalmer at msn dot com

Miranda W. said...

This looks great! I would LOVE to try it out!

jennifer capin said...

great review... now i know what i want :)

Michal David said...

Great review
i was always wondering about those

Leanne said...

I've always wanted an e-reader and would love the VOX to try!
raveandreview(at)live(dot)com

MrDisco said...

This would be very handy on trips

Anonymous said...

This looks great! Love the touchscreen !
Andrea Scott
singh@unbc.ca

Leanne said...

I love that it has 8GB of space! Woohoo! That would hold a lot of books!
raveandreview(at)live(dot)com

MrDisco said...

6” E Ink® Pearl Screen appeals to me the most as its easy on the eyes and useable in daylight, unlike backlit lcd screens

Jennifer R said...

Great Review, I know want to get one thanks to your review. You have shown me the great things that you can do with it and have helped to enlighten me as to what a great piece of technology the KOBO VOX is.

MommyKnowz said...

thanks for the review have been curious about it!!

Jennifer R said...

Great Review, I know want to get one thanks to your review. You have shown me the great things that you can do with it and have helped to enlighten me as to what a great piece of technology the KOBO VOX is.

roswell said...

I like to read books too but it would be nice to have something where you can take a bunch with you all in one place, when you go away, sitting waiting in the car etc, so while i have been hesitiant to get one, lately I have been thinking it might be really nice , this one sounds really nice
STACEY DEMPSEY on your rafflcopter

Tooth Fairy said...

Might be time for the Tooth Fairy to get techie instead of reading real paper books! Thanks for sharing your sweet review!
ladybugcda (at) hotmail (dot) com

Shawn de Jong said...

Hear the Vox is a blast. Ability to read in color instead of black and white also gets a major thunbs up from me

Bertha Brown said...

i love the colors

shan6023 said...

I am so happy to read this review....I want my husband to try this one too!

mayahoodblog said...

I'm also a non-believer but I know tons of people who swear by it. I will def try it!

Jessica said...

like you, i love reading an actual book, but you make it sound worth a try!

Jill Carroll said...

SOUNDS AWESOME!! I can't wait to try it! Maybe I'll win one!

Amanda said...

I just heard on the news today that people who have an e-reader end up reading a higher percentage of books than someone who doesn't have one. I'd be willing to use one if I end up reading more (if only somehow it could make more time in the day though.....)

Heather-Lynn Kirton said...

Awesome review! I've been looking at eReaders for a long while now, debating on if I could give up a physical book or not. Your review has my attention.

Belinda M said...

Awesome review! I have had my eyes on one of these for ages and this review has sold me on it


bluebelle0367(at)hotmail(dot)com
belinda mcnabb

Norah said...

Great review. I am interested in trying one, and ultimately going to also buy one for my MIL for Mother's Day- I think she would really love it. Thanks for the great insights.

Norah said...

Great review. I am interested in trying one, and ultimately going to also buy one for my MIL for Mother's Day- I think she would really love it. Thanks for the great insights.

latanya said...

I like the back lighting feature. I think that is really important in these kind of products.

Sugar Dipes said...

love the review I uwas unsure on which one to get and now I think you made up my mind for me!

janice budgell pollard said...

I love that it a tablet that can hold many many books. And that it works with just the touch of a finger. My daughter would die for this.
janicebudgellpollard at hotmail dot com

Bree said...

I love that it can hold many books and doesn't take up a ton of space! I would love an e reader! I really enjoyed reading your review Papa Ash!

breej23 at hotmail dot com

Emily B said...

I should have left my comment the first time I read this :) I'm an avid reader too, who loves the feel of books. But I can totally see the value in a Kobo... reading in bed without a light, travelling light, reading the latest books. I want one!

Rebby said...

This sounds fantastic! I so want to try an ereader! Thanks for the review!

Vanessa Coker said...

Very cool. I especially like the definition feature, very useful.

Michelle Hudak said...

I've wanted an ereader forever; hadn't heard of the Kobo Vox yet but I loved your review and I want it.

Michelle Hudak said...

I love that you can watch movies, TV shows and home videos in full colour and in any video file format you choose..and listen to radio too.

JennyS said...

I am so interested in learning more about e-Reader's! Thanks for your post!

amymccarty1985 said...

This is just GREAT that you can also go online with it AND read! I would love this in the tub when I am reading.
amymccarty at hotmail dot com

Amy said...

I have never read a book on a Kobo but I have on my cell phone and I like it because I can keep the lights off when my daughter is sleeping. My sister and brother and I recently bought a Kobo for our mom for mother's day. I hope she likes it.
thanks for the review
amym_brown @ hotmail.com

The Zoo said...

I LOVE (and didn't know about) the dictionary feature (I'm always looking up words). I've sent this review to my husband because he keeps trying to convince me that I don't need one now I'm totally not convinced!

journeysofthezoo at hotmail dot com
http://journeysofthezoo.blogspot.ca

pamalot said...

I am the same way as your hubby. Reading for me involves holding a book and turning the pages, however,the kobo vox does intrigue me and my own hubby has been pusing me to get one...

Katy Emanuel said...

I feel the same way, I like my books and have not gone to an e-reader yet, although everyone has been telling me how great they are. After reading the review I am definitely more open to considering an e-reader.

Valerie said...

I would like to try this!

Julia said...

How is the battery life while reading vs surfing?

Tina L. said...

I would love one of these. It's exactly what I need.

tinalee351 at gmail dot com

Eva U said...

Great Man's Review ! Comfortable that I am not the only Technologically Challenged Individual around. Learning from my 8 year old son. Maybe he could show me things on the Tablet - so that I can find some Mommy Time when he is in Elementary school.

emu839(at)gmail(dot)com

Laura Jacobson said...

Thanks for the great review! This looks like a great product! I would love to be able to read anywhere with it! So convenient! I would get alot more reading done thats for sure!

Tammy said...

Great job Papa ASH! I love the ease of page turning!

Erin said...

I was also hesitant to hop on the ereader bandwagon, but I recently bought an old Kobo from my sister, and I love it. I imagine I will actually be able to use it when my babe's a little older.

Rachel said...

Love that this is an e-reader and tablet all rolled into one. makes traveling so much easier and lighter!

Lori L. said...

Thanks for the review, sounds like it would be used a lot around here! I read late at night so the backlight feature would come in handy!

sophieandmomma said...

that was an amazing review! I love my bookshelves too...and we also don't have the space for them! It sure would be nice to consolidate with a Kobo Touch.

sophieandmomma at gmail dot com

Shirley said...

I would love to try a e-reader.

LJ said...

Looks awesome! I have an old Kobo, but colour would be great.
Laura

Carley L. said...

I had no idea you could use the Kobo Vox to go on Facebook, check your email, etc. I thought it was just for reading books, so I really love that you can use it for multiple purposes.

Tannis said...

I like that you can use it to check your emails!
tannis_z at excite dot com

thedarkestflame said...

That looks like a great reader!

Amy C said...

Great review, I would love to have Kobo Vox eReader.

Ashley said...

I am getting more interested in trying one. I love the feel and smell of a 'real' book, but think the convince of an e-reader is going win out sooner or later.

mamaadama said...

Love Kobo Vox,I have an older version,would loooove to have this one ;)

Mandy said...

I would love a Kobo to help my dd 10yr old with her learning difficulties.

Mandy said...

i love the wonderful library of children's books

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