Competition among ebook readers for Android got a little steeper today, as Indigo Books and Music announced the availabilty of its Kobo ebook reader application. With the backing of some pretty hefty international stakeholders (including the Borders group), as well as Kobo’s adoption of the open ePUB book format, Kobo promises to be the first global, large-scale ebook reader for the Android platform. Kobo has a fairly decent sized catalogue, with over two million books available for purchase, including hundreds of thousands of freebies.
The Kobo service itself requires that you sign up for a free account, which can easily be done either online or right on your Android phone. Once you’ve created an account, your ebook library will be made available on any device. With support for other phone/ereader platforms, tablets, netbooks, and the Kobo e-reader, you can enjoy Kobo books from whatever device you happen to be carrying with you, a necessary feature in our increasingly mobile economy.
The Kobo application has launched to mixed reviews. Perusing through the comments in the market reveal that several users are having issues with force closes, not being able to open other ePUB books, and frustration over the lack of bookmarking ability. Also, prices on some of the ebooks are much more expensive than on other ebook services.
eBooks by Kobo is available now, and can be found for free on the Android market. Already trying out eBooks by Kobo? Let us know how its working for you in the comments.
More information on kobo can be found at the Kobo Android website.