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Kobo Reader App for Android Now Available

Kobo is positioning to be a major player in the e-book world, with an electronic reader, apps for major platforms and deals with major booksellers. Today Kobo has launched the reader app for the Android platform, bringing the ability to read e-books purchased form the Kobo store to that platform. The Kobo app is competitive with the readers from Amazon (s amzn) and Barnes & Noble (s bks), as it allows reading books on multiple devices like the competition.

The user of the new Kobo app can access the online bookshelf, and download books to the device. The online bookshelf is synced with each device the user has, keeping the library updated at all times. Buy a book at the online store, and it’s waiting on the device the next time the app is run. Bookmarks are synced across all Kobo devices in similar fashion as on the Kindle and Nook, so it’s possible to read a book on multiple devices and always be at the last position.

Kobo for Android is free and is available in the Android Market. Kobo is now available on more platforms than any other reader, making them a force to reckoned with in the e-book sector.

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2 Responses to “Kobo Reader App for Android Now Available”

  1. Just installed it and uninstalled it.

    James, it would be nice if you had used this and added some brief thoughts with this post. It’s really quite bad.

    It doesn’t support rotation at all. They use their own text field components that are raster graphics that look like iphone text fields and colors.

    When my soft kb popped up in the email field it covered the screen entirely where I was writing so I’m typing blind.

    Then, once you’re in the actual UI, it’s locked portrait. So searching (again, in an iphone mockup search box) is stuck in my cramped portrait kb.

    No way to change bg color or font color. Just black on white default or inverse “night” reading.


    I’ll be waiting for the Kindle app…

  2. This is great news as Kobo is one of the most versatile of the ebook applications and their prices are usually excellent ( I just bought “The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest” for $7.99 with a $2 off promo code. eReader – which I also use – wanted $20 for the same book!). With Kobo, you can read your books on nearly any device and/or download in ePub. I had been buying Kobo books to read on both my Sony Reader and Palm Pre, I can’t use the Sony Reader with eReader, Kindle, etc. An added bonus is that you can also read the kobo books online from anywhere by logging on to kobo’s website and it knows the page where you left off reading on the EVO. The addition of an Android app makes it all the better as I replaced my pre with an EVO.