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With the launch of the Aura H20, Kobo's first waterproof e-reader, ­president and chief content officer Michael Tamblyn has been busy building the company's e-library, which now includes over 4 million titles. The bibliophile reports on his favourite spots in the city.

Michael Tamblyn

01 Cheese Boutique

While this place does have a French-certified cheese vault, it is also a haven for charcuterie and has a dizzying array of olive oils, condiments and preserves. It's where food fantasies are made.
45 Ripley Ave., 416-762-6292,

02 Phila Optical

I have way too many pairs of glasses. The shop owner here travels around the world to find new designers and has an incredible eye for what will look good on your face. I put myself in her hands, and I always come out with something stunning.
359 Roncesvalles Ave., 416-538-8580,

03 Barque Smokehouse

Finally, a barbecue place that's all about ribs and brisket and the great stuff that comes out of its massive smokers. And the place makes Caesars that have bacon on the rim of the glass, which is possibly the greatest innovation since the printed word.
299 Roncesvalles Ave., 416-532-7700,

04 Academy of Lions

I start my day at 6 a.m. at this CrossFit gym, which is very friendly and welcoming and community focused; it does great charity work and runs programs for at-risk youth. It's more than just a gym. Plus, it has a shockingly good espresso bar.
64 Ossington Ave., 416-538-4967,

05 The Dakota Tavern

This late-night spot has a variety of live music and is the quintessential underground bar with cow skulls, Christmas lights and chairs made out of sawed-off barrels. It's the very pinnacle of the Toronto dive bar; you probably shouldn't drink anything other than draft beer here.
249 Ossington Ave., 416-850-4579,

06 Little Island Comics

A lot of graphic novels go through our house because my three kids are big fans. As a guy who spends all his time thinking of digital reading and selling digital books, it's the one place where paper is still firmly embedded in my house. I tend to shop here on present-buying missions.
742 Bathurst St., 416-901-7489,



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