Read Your First eBook

Ebook, e-book, eBook... however you like to write it, you don't need a Kindle to read one. I find myself telling people this fairly often, so I decided to make a short video to demonstrate how to read your first Kindle book without owning a Kindle. In less than three minutes, you can watch Read a Kindle book without a Kindle on YouTube. That video mentions using a free book for your first book, and today through Sunday the book shown in the video (No Fanfare) is a free download.

Of course, as I've written about recently, there is more to reading e-books than the Kindle ecosystem, and now that I have a Kobo e-reader (the Glo HD) I have become more familiar with the Kobo platform as a reader experiences it. Unfortunately, there are a number of things that Rakuten (the parent company of Kobo) should do in order to make the Kobo line more competitive with the Kindle line. I published my Open Letter to Rakuten Kobo on Medium if you'd like details on that.

This is a fairly short blog post because I mainly wanted to introduce my new video, as well as provide a link to my letter to Kobo. Despite being a holiday weekend, I have a lot of work to do, so I don't have time for a long post. However, if you have thoughts to share about your e-reading experiences, you're welcome to leave a comment!