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#63081 20-Jun-2010 20:14
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I downloaded and installed the free Kobo e-reader app for Android last night. Once installed, I created an account and bought a book "The Shadow Factory". It's a US book, but the price was quoted in NZ$. I thought that was pretty good. 

This all took at most 5 minutes from install to completed book download.  

There were a couple of apparent glitches. The Kobo app said there had been an error and to restart the app.....but the book download appeared to be proceeding normally, so I let it finish and then opened the book to read it. So I'm not sure what the error message was for.

The table of contents in the book appears to not work....or I don't yet understand how it shuold work. If I touch a link for a location i the book, it presents a blank, white page....but I am able to happily scroll though the book directly. Fonts can be changed to serif, sand serif and monotype.  A range of font sizes is available. 

The default is very readable.

I'm sure any little glitches seen in v1.0.0 will be sorted out....and as it is right now, the app works.

I can install it, create an account, buy a book and read the book.





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Be interesting to see how this stacks up against Aldiko reader, also on the market, and the Kindle app whenever they get around to releasing it...




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NZtechfreak: Be interesting to see how this stacks up against Aldiko reader, also on the market, and the Kindle app whenever they get around to releasing it...


Main thing about Kobo is you can buy books protected by DRM. Current stuff you'd see at Whitcoulls or wherever...and pay in NZ$s.

I may be wrong, but that can't be done with Aldiko. I like Aldiko and have used it a fair bit. 

I'm not a fan of any book I can't lend to a friend when I'm done with it....so I'm reserving judgement on this for now. At the same time, I'll buy a few books of interest and see how it goes. 

But we should be able to transfer a book to another person (and delete it off our own devices until they "returned" it).....just as we would pass along a book we had read when we were done with it. 








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