The Kobo eReader is a handheld electronic device for reading books, magazines and newspapers. It has a monochromatic e-ink screen designed to simulate the look of paper. You can store e-books on the Kobo's 1GB of flash memory, or on an optional SD memory card (up to 32 GB). The Kobo comes with 100 free books pre-installed. You can add more books by downloading them to the Kobo from the Internet via Wi-Fi, or by connecting to your PC or Mac with a USB cable.
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Things you need
- USB cable
- SD card
- SD card reading slot or adaptor on a computer
Plug one end of the included USB cable into the USB port on the Kobo eReader, and plug the other end into a USB port on your Internet-connected PC or Mac. The PC must have Windows 7, Vista or XP. The Mac requires OS X 10.5 or later.
The "KOBOeReader" icon will appear on your desktop (it is stored on the Kobo device, which mounts on your computer when you plug it in). Double-click the "KOBOeReader" icon to open it, then double-click on the installation program to install the Kobo application on your computer.
Double-click the Kobo icon on your PC desktop or in your Mac's Applications folder to launch the Kobo application on your computer. Click "Create an Account." Type in your personal information and payment details, then sign in to the Kobo site.
Click on a Kobo store link, such as "Home," "Top 50," or "Browse Categories" to look for books. Or you can type the name of a specific book title in the "Search" box. Details about the book will appear, including the price. Click on the link of a book you want, then click "Buy" to purchase it and download it to your computer.
Click "Sync" in the Kobo desktop application to sync your Kobo eReader with your computer, copying books to your device. Leave the Kobo plugged into your computer for at least three hours to charge it through the USB cable. The eReader's status light turns blue when the device is fully charged. Later, you can also use the desktop application to purchase books when the Kobo reader isn't plugged into your computer. Right-click on the KOBOeReader icon and select "Eject," then unplug the USB cable from the eReader and your computer to disconnect it.
Press the "Power" button on your Kobo eReader to turn it on when it is not plugged into your computer.
Press the "Shop" button on the Kobo. Press the navigation pad to highlight "Update Library," then press the centre of the navigation pad to select it to wirelessly sync books from your computer to the eReader.
Press the "Shop" button on the eReader. Press the navigation pad to highlight "Shop Now," then press the centre of the navigation pad to select it. The eReader will list any available wireless networks in your area. Navigate to a network you want to join and select it. The Kobo will connect to the online bookstore, where you can browse and search for books. Purchase and download the books wirelessly to your device.
Insert an SD memory card into a card-reading slot on your computer, or into a slot on a card reader connected to your computer. Drag books stored in the PDF or EPUB format from a folder on your computer to the icon of the SD card on your desktop. Right-click on the SD card and select "eject." Pull it from the slot.
Press the "Power" button to turn off the Kobo eReader. Insert the SD card into the SD card slot at the top of the reader, then press the "Power" button to turn on the eReader. It will scan the SD card for books and update your library. You can read books on the card, but you can't copy books from the card to the eReader's internal flash memory.
Plug one end of the included USB cable into the USB port on the eReader. Plug the other end into a USB port on your computer. The eReader will prompt you to either continue reading, or to manage your library.
Press the navigation pad to select "Manage Library." At the prompt, select "Open Folder to View Files." A window will open on your computer, showing the contents of the eReader.
Click on electronic books stored in the EPUB or PDF format in a folder on your computer. Drag them into the eReader window to copy them from your computer to the device.
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