The vast majority of e-readers and digital note taking devices no longer ship with a user guide or user manual. All you get in the box is a quick start guide, which basically just shows off where the power button is and the USB port. This is especially concerning if you purchase an expensive product and the only website that is available is in Chinese or Japanese. Whatever happened to user manuals?
Amazon used to bundle user manuals in all of their Kindles, but a few years ago they gravitated towards one page quick start guides and simply have a link to their help forums. Kobo has extensive user guides online and other brands such as SuperNote don’t even come with anything.
Did your e-reader or digital note taking device come with a user guide? What did you do to get started and understand what to do?
Good e-Reader is in the process of launching a comprehensive user manual and quick start guide section on our website. It is designed to give you all of the content in PDF.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.