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When I was growing up, books were always a common gift under the tree. I read voraciously as a child and always wanted to be a writer myself; in fact, I’m pretty sure that I was gifted at least one or two copies of Writer’s Market during my teenage Christmases in the 1990’s. Technology has changed a lot since then, but the joy of reading never disappears, no matter what the method. These days, I’m more likely to carry an electronic device onto a plane with me than a book, because bag space is always at a premium – traveling has changed a lot since the ’90s, too – which is why I’m so happy to have the Kobo App!
Thanks to Kobo, I can read ebooks on both my iPhone and iPad. Reading on my iPhone is great during flights, waiting in the doctor’s office, or wherever life might take me; and when I’m at home, I love to read on my iPad because it’s a format that looks and feels much more akin to a physical book, making for a relaxing experience. It blows my mind to think that from the palm of my hand, almost any book you can think of is accessible – there are 3.5 million titles available in the Kobo Store alone – remember they days when you had to put in an inter-library loan to try and get a specific book? Yes, times have changed, and anything that makes more books more readily available is a phenomenal thing.
Kobo’s free app works on a variety of devices, including Android, Blackberry, and Windows – but if you don’t have one or you’re looking to upgrade, here’s a great gift idea: The brand new Kobo H2O is an e-reader that is actually waterproof, so if you want to lounge in a bubble bath reading, you can do it! This would be an amazing present, especially for traveling bookworms or an avid reader who wants to make the digital plunge but isn’t sure how. A great way to introduce a hesitant friend or family member to ebooks would be to set up the tablet in advance and pre-load some books in their library – and if you need some inspiration, Kobo just announced their list of the top ten bestselling books in 2014:
- Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
- The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
- Insurgent by Veronica Roth
- Allegiant by Veronica Roth
- Divergent by Veronica Roth
- The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
- Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon
- The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
- The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
- Philomena by Martin Sixsmith
Did any of your favorites make this list? The Kobo Store is a great place to get recommendations like these and read reviews. I’ve added a few of the books from this list to my Kobo library so I can have some new reads to flip through this month – or should I say, swipe through! Right now, I’m in the middle of reading Say Goodbye to Survival Mode: 9 Simple Strategies to Stress Less, Sleep More, and Restore Your Passion for Life by my blogger friend, Crystal Paine. I love Crystal and really enjoy hearing from other people who are navigating my same career path and its unique challenges!
How would you like to win a Kobo shopping spree so that you can check out these and other great reads? 20 lucky winners will snag $100 Kobo eStore Credits – check out the widget below to get the full details and enter:
What was your favorite book this year?