The 7-Day Challenge – Lori Quinn’s journey to that pub in Ireland

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When we met Lori Quinn, we knew right away she was the type to take on a new challenge.”

“She’s an avid reader who delights in losing herself in a great book for a few hours. But eReading? Why bother?”

That was all the incentive we needed to ask her to take our 7-Day Challenge. And “Challenge” was all she needed to hear to agree.

Lori is a former professional athlete with more than 20 years’ experience in the training of executives and teams to reach their full potential. In fact, the company she works with, Performance Coaching, was founded by Dr. Peter Jensen, who has attended nine Olympic games as a member of the Canadian team. So overcoming obstacles and pushing through difficulty is something of second nature – and, happily, Lori discovered that the task at hand was much, much easier than she expected.

Here’s how the seven days unfolded:

Day One: 

We sent Lori a new Kobo Aura Edition 2 eReader, loaded with books she was looking forward to reading.

Day Two:

We received a note from Lori

Thank you very much!!  I received my Kobo yesterday – and I’m up for the 7- day challenge.  Here I am last night pondering if it is possible to break old habits.  I must admit there are a few features I immediately enjoyed such as:

  • Word definition (in book, Wikipedia, google) – very cool
  • Book stats – this feature alleviated my concern of not being able to visualize where I was exactly in the story
  • Related reads

My apprehensions are:

  • What will I stack on my nightstand that will bring out the ‘omg…I can’t possibly do housework, laundry or errands – I have all these great books to read’
  • Battery life

The true test will be experiential. I took the plunge with a Bill Bryson eBook so I’ll let you know if I end up in the pub, belly laughing over a pint of warm Guinness.  Thank you for including me in this very fun challenge and please let me know how I can add value from your end.



We decided to give her a few days to tour around the device and the books she selected. We checked in seven days later.

Day 7: 

Here’s what Lori sent us:

I’m delighted to share with you just how much I’m enjoying the Kobo.  I find I’m reading more because I can travel with it.  I’m on the road so much that it’s a great way to fill time between appointments or take a mental break from the daily grind.  My reading habits have changed as a result.  Now I tend to be reading in short bursts of 15 – 45 minutes whereas pre Kobo I would tend to grab a book and find 2 hours.  This is working well for me.  

Much to my surprise, I’m not missing my hardcovers.  So much so that I’m buying two Kobo’s for xmas gifts for my parents.  They are booklovers too so I’m working on converting them.  

I can’t thank you enough for the experience – your 7-day challenge certainly worked with me and I intend to spread the word. 

Of course we were absolutely delighted to hear Lori’s news, but not entirely surprised. It usually takes only a day or two to get used to a different kind of reading, and she quickly caught on to the benefits of digital such as the portability, and ready access to your whole library so that you can fit reading into bits of time you’d otherwise use checking email, again.