Kobo Books - eBooks & Audiobooks
Varies with device
Varies with device
Kobo Books - eBooks & Audiobooks review
Shopping around for books has never been easier. The Kobo app fully integrates online shopping at the Kobo Books store with reading on your device, creating a seamless experience that users who read on the go will appreciate. Kobo is both your customizable library and portable shelf all in one app. Read whenever you want, however you want, from one of the most extensive online book libraries.
Kobo features over 5 million titles, both audio and eBooks, to choose from. The app lets you sync your account across multiple devices. You can customize your reading by selecting different themes and enabling Night Mode to make the reading lighter on your eyes if you are doing it before bedtime.
You can mark sections of your text and add notes. The audio player is designed to work seamlessly with just a touch, and you can also set your reading time. With Reading Life, Kobo’s social network feature, you can engage other Kobo users around the world and debate or get recommendations on the best books to buy.
Kobo integrates various social media such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and you can share notes across these platforms.
Kobo doesn’t offer two-column support on iPad unlike Kindle, which is slightly disappointing. It’s a little uncomfortable to read books on this app because of the few options provided for selecting a typeface, margins, and line heights. A big plus is the integration of the app with the Kobo Bookstore, which makes searching for titles quite seamless. Although even on the app, there are too many complaints by customers about paying cover prices for books and still having their licenses run out on Kobo.
The iOS version requires iOS 9.0 or later while the Android app compatibility varies with the device.
Kobo is a great alternative to Amazon’s Kindle system, providing users with millions of titles that can be easily accessed on your device. Prompts to share across social networks might prove a bit intrusive for some. You can go shopping for books to flipping the pages of your favorite titles in a matter of seconds. The Kobo app packs compelling features, but the experience could certainly be better.