Kobo: The Free Android App for Book Readers

Idea to Appster takes a look at the Kobo app for Android and the verdict is: it's good, real good!

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You can find any number of reading apps for the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. But when it comes right down to it, most of the apps for the purpose on the Android are really lacking. Buggy performance, less than stellar features and a lack of accepted formats are just some of the problems I frequently come across when I try to read on my Android phone.

So far, Kobo is the best app I have found for the task. It is a program that works as a syncing app, linking together all of your devices to be used in a convenient format on your Android. It’s by far the best reading app for Android. There are millions of ebooks and publications available, including more than a million that are free for you to read. Some of them are classics, others modern literature released into the public domain by their authors.

There is also a social media element, as it connects to both Facebook and Twitter to share what you are reading with friends or exchange titles to enjoy.

The Interface

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I enjoy the overall look of Kobo. It breaks everything into categories similar to what you would see on many seller sites. There is a recent activity area so you can quickly access books you have looked at in the past. Then a recommendation section based on what you have read before, or books you have rated highly. Then an all content feature, so you can browse.

On each book page you will see the number of times it was read, the likes it has received, the dislikes it has received, and the comments people have made. There is an option to leave out all comments with spoilers that really comes in handy.

As for things like the background, color and font, those are fully customizable for your own specifications.

Importing Books

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If you have ebooks on other devices, such as your computer, you can easily export them into Kobo. It reads multiple formats, though it will not load up DRM protected content that has an expired license. On the plus side, it is easy to set it up for renting library ebook licenses, or to work with other sites like Amazon.

Have you had an experience with Kobo? Share it with us, in the comments!

And if you need some reading inspiration, here are ten cool picks to read courtesy of DirJournal web directory.