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Old 12-24-2010, 12:51 PM   #1
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I've purchase a Kobo eReader for my father as a gift. I'd like to purchase an ebook for him as well, and load the book onto the eReader before giving it to him. Is this possible? Do I need to create an account for him and load it from that account?

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Old 12-24-2010, 12:59 PM   #2
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There are 100 classic books already in it (listed here), your dad will love them.
Yes, you need to create an acount to purchase books from Chapter or kobobooks websites, and sync it into your Kobo using the Kobo's desktop application;
also, you can download books (in *.epub format) from the internet, and add the books with the 3rd party application "Calibre - E-book Management".

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Be sure to create his account, not your own as there are problems when books from two accounts try to exist on the same machine. A Gift Card might also be a nice option.
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Old 12-24-2010, 03:11 PM   #4
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Thanks for the quick replies. The 100 free ebooks already loaded is one of the things I like about Kobo. I just know he's more likely to give it a real try if one of his favorite author's current books is loaded as well.

At what point does the eReader get "tied" to an account? Do you have to explicitly associate it, or does it happen the first time you load something from the account?

If I do hook it up to an account I create for him, and he doesn't like the ebook concept, I might just want to keep it myself. Can the eReader be disassociated with one account and hooked up to another?

Thanks again for the help! (and the patience)
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Old 12-24-2010, 03:31 PM   #5
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The reader and the account hook up as soon as you sync them--load from that account. You can reset to the factory default and start over, if he doesn't like the concept and you want to keep the reader. The book bought with his account would be kinda sorta lost. I say that because you could strip the drm, and load it onto the reader that had become your own, but it might not be a first day with the reader kind of thing for many folks.

Maybe your best bet would be to let him decide if he likes the concept with the 100 free books, and set up an account only after he has decided.

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Old 12-24-2010, 06:39 PM   #6
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Maybe your best bet would be to let him decide if he likes the concept with the 100 free books, and set up an account only after he has decided.
It sounds like that may be that way to go. Thanks everyone for your help.
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You can send him a book as a gift via the Kobo website. Just send it to his email address and he can claim it on an account he already has (or create a new one if he doesn't).
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