eReaders with Matching Smartphone & Tablet Apps

The biggest eReader devices offer eBook reading apps are tied with particular ebookstores. Kindle, Kobo, Nook or Sony are designed to let users of these ebookstores access books they bought there and manage their personal bookshelves.

In this overview I’d like to focus more on what app offers rather than what ebookstore does. So, “millions of titles” is not the reason to include the app in the list below. Instead, you’ll learn which app has a feature others don’t, and why it’s good to try it.

Kobo

Besides very friendly customization options, Kobo app offers an experience that makes the most of social reading in the digital age.

Kobo’s set of social features is called Reading Life. You can not only read the book, but join a conversation about it at any time. There is a Kobo Pulse indicator at the bottom of the page. It get brighter on pages with more comments and reader activity. When you tap on it you’ll see what other readers think about what you’ve just read. You can also share your own notes and thoughts by simply highlighting the passage and adding your comment.

By connecting with your friends’ Kobo Reading Life App on Facebook you’ll know what they read, as well as view and compare their awards and stats. Awards and stats are two other features that lets read a book in a more dynamic way. Any time you can check out how quickly you read: how many pages per hour or how many hours per book.

There are also several awards to win while you use the app. These awards “help celebrate fun milestones in your Reading Life”. You can become a Scout Leader or Deep Thinker or Night Rider, depending on how and when you read and use the Reading Life.

If you’re curious about what to expect from social reading, download Kobo app and explore what Reading Life has to offer.

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