Q. Hello, I have been looking into different e-readers and noticed that the Kobo can connect to your local public library, not sure how yet although it is wireless so it must be that way. I am wondering if I can connect to SFU’s library with the Kobo as well? Thank you.
A. Hello – The public libraries in British Columbia participate in a program called Library to Go, a province-wide initiative using a service called Overdrive.
E-books are available for borrowing from your local public library and some of them are compatible with the Kobo e-reader. Many local public libraries also lend KOBO e-readers, preloaded with e-books.
Please contact your local public library to find out more about these services and how their e-book lending system works.
At SFU Library, we don’t have any e-books that are specifically compatible for download to a specific e-reader. Indeed, many of our e-books do not have any download capability at all, you need to be connected to the internet and read it on the screen. It is also not unusual for printing and downloading to be limited for academic, scholarly e-books. These limitations are referred to in the industry as Digital Rights Management, DRM, a way for publishers to protect their copyright and intellectual property from theft and indiscriminate distribution.
However, there are some publishers where the e-book content is simply distributed in standard pdf format, just like journal articles. These publishers include, Springer, CRC Press, Elsevier, Palgrave Macmillan and Wiley-Blackwell.
If your e-reader is capable of opening and storing pdf documents, then you may be able to download and open pdf documents.
I don’t own a Kobo myself – but I believe it works like your iPod or iTouch for music, whereby you need a separate program on your computer to transfer files, whether wirelessly or with a USB cord. See the following two links about using Adobe Digital Editions to add e-books and pdfs to a Kobo, if you didn’t buy the e-book from Chapters, and something called Kobo desktop.
I also think that e-readers with wireless internet connect to their retail store:
Kindle = Amazon
Sandra Wong, Electronic Resources Librarian