Kobo

Kobo

10,000,000 - 50,000,000 downloads

Pros
  • Reading life feature
  • eBooks database
  • Social features
  • UI
Cons
  • Nothing special
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Expert's Review
9.0
Awesome

"The social reading experience"

Reviewed by / Jun 15, 2012

Kobo eBooks is both a virtual library and eBook reader from a social approach

No matter if you're a e-reading newbie or veteran, Kobo eBooks provides a platform for all readers types from where you can find books, download or purchase them and read them from your Android device. However, its added-value feature is "Reading life" feature, what makes reading more social and challenging.

Although you can use the app without signing up, we recommend you to register to have full access ("Reading life" is an only-registered users features, for example). You can "Discover" new ebooks seeking them by category (featured, what's new, most popular, cheap reads, biography, contemporary fiction....) or browse by keyword, title, author. Likewise there's a matching engine that highlight ebooks that you may be interested.

You can download previews from ebooks, access your personal library (downloaded books) and read them, wherever, whenever. You can add books to your library from e-mail, the web or your Dropbox accounts.

You can also rate books and read reviews from other users. Reading layout is great: just swipe forward or back to turn page. From settings you can change font size, select text and post to Facebook wall the "book you're reading" or specific notes. One of the feature we like most is that users can comment in any page of the book (watch out spoilers) and reply other users.

Let's talk about "Reading Life" feature: it tracks your reading activity (total read time, books in progress, % completed, page turned, books completed, pages on average, page per session, minutes per session...). What's more, you can win awards by reading (they're badges actually) like "the Twain award", "Scout leader" or "Fully loaded"... there are up to 20.

Join the eBooks community where everything is readable and shareable.

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Developer's original description available here
With Kobo, you can read on your Android smartphone or tablet anywhere, anytime.

Download the Kobo app and browse from over 3.5 million free and affordable eBooks, magazines, comics and children's books.

With Kobo’s reading app, you’re able to:

•Pick up right where you left off. We’ll sync your bookmarks, notes, and highlights, so you can keep reading across all your devices.

•Experience the rich, colourful environment of the world's best magazines.* Our exclusive Guided Reading feature lets you breeze through articles for an uninterrupted read. You can seamlessly navigate through the article all with a simple tap.

•Customize your reading experience. Enjoy crisp, clear text in the size and style you prefer; try Night Mode for easier nighttime reading; and lock the screen in portrait or landscape mode to read how you like.

•Enjoy first chapter previews for thousands of select books.

•Make your reading a social experience with Reading Life™. You can track how long it takes to read a book, earn fun and surprising awards, and much more.

•Add books to your Library from email, the web, or your Dropbox account. You can even read books from your local public library.

•Share ideas with Kobo Pulse™. Find out who in the Kobo Community is reading what you are and discuss what you've read with them.

•Post your activities to Facebook. See what your friends are reading and share quotes, notes, and book reviews to friends.

•Read in English, French, Spanish, Italian, German, Dutch, Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese, or Japanese.

* Magazines available in US and Canada countries only
**For users upgrading and are not able to open their books, please uninstall and reinstall the app. Sorry for this inconvenience as we are working with Google to solve this problem that is affecting the Kobo app and other apps.

Recently changed in this version

With this update, you can now read better with our new EPUB engine. Improvements include:
- Better display support for more accurate rendering in EPUB/EPUB3 files.
- Support for EPUBs with embedded audio.
- Improved loading speed for many books.
- Immersive full-screen mode on supported Android 4.4 (KitKat) devices.
- Stability improvements for Fixed Layout EPUBs


Lists with Kobo

Some lists where this application appears: Reviewed by Emmanuel Lund, Segedprogi, Reviewed by Anna Grace.

Comments and ratings for Kobo
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    by Rea Joyce Labata on 07/08/2014

    Use it all the time...

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    by Donna Haas on 07/08/2014

    Excellent so far...

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    by Socheat Ly on 07/08/2014

    A lot of improvement

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    by Marie Holt on 07/08/2014

    Great

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    by Erwin Utama on 07/08/2014

    Off-line dictionary feature tops Google Play Book's, easy to buy book items (since I am located in Indonesia), great store with excellent selections, good book price. Easy navigation off-course. One of the best application for local users. Recommended...

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    by Alexander Gatcke on 07/08/2014

    It lags a bit but is a fantastic tool for reading all of my favorite books on the good.

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    Hi