Kobo

Attractive ebook reader with built-in ebook store

Kobo is an ebook platform that includes its own store and several applications, one for each different platform, so you can read ebooks on practically any device. View full description

PROS

  • Nicely designed interface
  • Large selection of books available for purchase
  • Includes also free books
  • Seamless syncing with other devices

CONS

  • Free books are mostly classics
  • Not as feature-rich as other similar apps

Good
7

Kobo is an ebook platform that includes its own store and several applications, one for each different platform, so you can read ebooks on practically any device.

In the case of Windows, the Kobo desktop client offers you access to the Kobo ebook store, plus a friendly organizer to manage the books in your library. You can buy recent titles, browse bestseller lists and also download hundreds of ebooks for free- mind you, most of them are literature classics. All the books in your library can be synced with the Kobo client on other devices.

Kobo features a nicely designed interface, with a clean menu on the left side. Books open on a separate window – with optional full-screen viewing – and are quite comfortable to read. On the downside, Kobo doesn’t include as many configuration options as other similar programs. You can’t customize background color, add notes or change the text font, to name a few.

In general terms, Kobo seems like an interesting option if you want to get started with ebooks. If you’re looking for a more powerful ebook selling platform and a more feature-rich reader, you’ll need to look elsewhere.

Kobo is a nicely designed ebook client that includes access to an online ebook store, and can be seamlessly synced to other devices.

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Kobo Desktop 1.8

— User reviews — about Kobo

  • Nat Mudge

    by Nat Mudge

    "I prefer it."

    Faster, same selection of books, at better prices, and their FREE e-books aren't all written by amateurs. More.

    reviewed on August 25, 2016

  • maybesearch

    by maybesearch

    "Works well"

    It works well for ebooks and reading on PC/laptop. Lot of book choices. More.

    reviewed on February 29, 2016

  • Laura.Leigh.Moreland

    by Laura.Leigh.Moreland

    "This software is terrible!"

    I think the Kobo interface is terrible! The specific troubles I find are: 1. You can't add all books that you are look... More.

    reviewed on April 11, 2014

  • DaveIrl

    by DaveIrl

    "Very restricive product with features designed for Kobo but NOT the user."

    Very frustrating eReader to use. You cannot 'cut and paste' important notes from the book to make a summary list for yo... More.

    reviewed on July 3, 2013

  • fuckoffcunts

    by fuckoffcunts

    "Poor browsing experience"

    I'm on mobile broadband and Kobo is unusable. It won't allow you to use it before it updates and it never finishes updat... More.

    reviewed on March 16, 2012

  • pablodelavega

    by pablodelavega

    "User Friendly"

    ”. Downloading and installing the app was easy and fast. Its interface is very nice and reading on it is a pleasant expe... More.

    reviewed on February 28, 2012