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#Kobo At @WeAreHighRoad The Office Office Party


Update:I forgot a name in the list of people who were at the High Road offices. I also forgot to add in my thoughts on the Kobo e-reader itself as we got to play with them at the High Road offices. Those have now been added.

As I mentioned in my post last night I was going to a super secret event that I couldn’t say much about.

Well, as you may have guessed by the title of this post and the picture above it was an office party hosted by High Road Communications (@WeAreHighRoad) at their offices in downtown Toronto to watch an epsidode of the hit NBC show The Office. The reason for the party was in the episode one of the characters buys, and sort of looks like he became really addicted to, a  Kobo E-Reader. For the tweets from last night check out the hashtag #Kobo although to be honest it looks like a lot of people started using the hashtag in a spammy manner since…hey it WAS a trending topic…these things happen when things get high profile!

 

#Kobo Before The Office started

I was invited to the event by Rayanne Langdon @RLangdon who works at High Road Communications and when I got into their offices – which are beautiful by the way – I got to see a whole bunch of Twitter friends including @jpuopolo, @karimkanji, @CarolynVan, @AlexBlom, @anulman, @rochlatinsky, @phjoshua, @hipurbangirl, @bossladwendy@kat, and @sachasayan along with some new folks whose Twitter handles I, unfortunately, didn’t learn assuming they have The Twitter with one notable exception  @jdotdashed who I had a great Back To The Future conversation with which we have to continue some time really soon. (Further Update 2011.01.22:) As well I got to meet @metheusBound who is a really nice guy although to be honest I didn’t really have the chance to get to know him…soon, hopefully, I will!

As to the Kobo e-reader itself. It was the first time I have ever played with one when I wasn’t looking at it in a store so it was a lot better chance to experience it. It is a really cool device and I am in total envy of @bossladwendy who won one of them for the best tweet during the event. I never found out the battery specifications on the Kobo but it apparently holds 10,000 books which is pretty awesome. I was tempted to say when I was writing this “Who needs 10,000 books?” and, “I don’t know anyone who owns 10,000 books”, but the fact of the matter is that many people said similar things about MP3 players and music collections in the late 90s and early 00s and look where we are now.

I liked the Kobo. A LOT.

The Kobo is a brilliant little device and I could totally see myself getting an one at some time in the near future. A few aspects I would like to find out about it (before) is whether or not I can “print” longer webpage posts and articles into a format I can throw onto a Kobo and read on it. I find with longer articles that is what I often prefer to do rather than staring at a computer screen.

As well, I want to find out if there exists any sort of waterproof case for the device (or if it is waterproof itself) because I think we have all been to the beach or pool or in a bath with a book/magazine and dropped it in or gotten splashed. With a regular book we just let it dry and while it will never be the same again the book will be readable 9/10 times once it dries out. If I get water on my Kobo did I just lose 10,000 books and a (ballpark) $150 device? Because that would SUCK.

#RegiftTO Gift Bag Contents I Didn

I am sorry to say that I didn’t make it out to #RegiftTO which I TOTALLY wanted to do but it just didn’t work out. The above picture was in a gift bag in my car the whole night waiting to go to #RegiftTO but alas it didn’t work out.

I did have a A LOT of fun at #LoserKaraoke as I usually do. I sang the song “Criminal by Eminem”, it was an awesome trainwreck, but people told me I was impressive in just knowing the words and saying them fast enough. I also finally found someone to sing “The Internet Is For Porn” from the musical “Avenue Q”! I did the girl part and @SachaSayan did the guy part. I didn’t really care I was more happy to have just done it after all this time! I am also told that someone has a video of me doing “Criminal” so I am going to endeavor to get it for all of you folks!

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  1. January 24, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Hello, Dan!
    I represent Kobo, I am their Community Manager. I wanted to thank you so much for watching our network TV debut last week.

    In answer to your questions, you can take web pages, blogs, and snippets with you to read on the go, due to Kobo’s partnership with Instapaper, which is a snippet collecting service which is free.

    Here’s how to do that:
    1) Download your Instapaper ePub by visiting http://www.instapaper.com/epub
    2) Add the Instapaper ePub via SD Card on the eReader or desktop & sync to your eReader.

    If you’re using an iphone or an ipad, you just need to have your instapaper account details ready, and you’re all set.

    As for the waterproof cover… we are working with a number of different 3rd party manufacturers to create unique, functional cases for our eReaders, and we have had many requests to create a waterproof one. When one becomes available, we will make sure you know.

    Lastly, our batteries last up to 8000 page turns (useful if you’re reading ayn rand and james joyce on the same airplane trip!) The eReader has the onboard memory to hold 1000 eBooks, and using an SD card, that capacity can go up to 10 000 eBooks.

    If you have any more questions, please e-mail me at my address I typed in to WordPress.

    Thanks!

    Karen Geier
    Social Community Manager
    Kobo Inc.

    • January 24, 2011 at 2:42 pm

      Wow! Thanks for the response Karen! I really appreciate it.
      I am sure all readers for this post appreciate the answers you provided. I look forward to seeing these very cool updates to the Kobo platform/experience.

  1. December 11, 2011 at 10:44 pm

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