According to a story on TeleRead.com, Kobo’s latest eReader (the Kobo Vox) is now available in stores– well, at least in Best Buy. Kobo has over 7 million users in 170 countries, and the Kobo Vox connects those readers in new ways; it is the “world’s first social eReader.” According to TeleRead, the Kobo Vox:

… enables readers to start conversations with other readers and discover new books and authors through their social network.  With a vivid color display, Kobo takes the reading experience to a whole new level – rich color books, newspapers, magazines, music, video, over 15,000 apps, games and social feeds – all on an open Android platform.

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It’s strange to say, but a lot of the questions we get asked about eBook formatting and conversion seem to stem from the fact that many writers have never read an eBook. Many authors are unaware of the benefits and limitations of digital books. They have not seen how text behaves on various eReading devices.

For those of you who are uncertain about how line-spacing, font size, pagination, and word-count work in eBooks, I highly recommend going to Barnes & Noble or Best Buy or a Mac Store and trying out an eReader. You don’t have to buy one, of course. But just a little experience with a Kindle, Nook, iPad, Kobo, or Sony Reader will probably answer 75% of your basic formatting questions.

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