I've Got a Library in My Pocket
Trying out the free Kobo™ ebook app for BlackBerry smartphones
Imagine having on-the-go access to more than one million books. Would that interest you? You can get such a library with the Kobo app for BlackBerry® smartphones. And we're talking about the full range of fiction hot sellers, top nonfiction titles, and tons of classics. What follows is a first-hand look at the Kobo app for BlackBerry smartphones and its features.
You could win a Kobo eReader!**
Kobo is giving away a Kobo eReader to three lucky winners. Each Kobo eBook purchase you make with the Kobo app for BlackBerry smartphones June 16 to July 15, 2010 will automatically enter you for a chance to win one of three Kobo eReaders. Open to residents of the US and Canada (excluding Quebec) only. For complete contest details including terms and conditions please visit http://www.kobobooks.com/koboblackberrycontest.
First steps: Installing the app and creating an account
I started by downloading the free Kobo app for BlackBerry smartphones from BlackBerry App World™ to my BlackBerry® smartphone. Creating a new account took just a few seconds.
Note that the Kobo app for BlackBerry smartphones is free, but most books must be purchased with a credit card. Prices start at 99 cents. (There are dozens of free books too.) Besides that, a nice benefit of the app is that there is no separate data plan beyond what you already pay for your BlackBerry smartphone.
My first book
For my first eBook I clicked on the Featured menu button, then used my credit card to purchase the 9th Judgment by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro for $12.99 US.
Reading my book on my BlackBerry smartphone was easy. The text was easy to read and navigation was clear and straightforward. The app automatically bookmarked my last location when I closed the app—a nice touch.
The menu choices include Featured, I'm Reading, What's New, Popular, Purchased, Lists, Search, and Options. For best sellers I checked out what was found under List. Some of the choices include Oprah's picks, New York Times Bestsellers, the Globe and Mail bestsellers, historical fiction, staff picks, and more. Free classic books include favorites such as Mark Twain's Adventure of Huckleberry Finn and Charles Dicken's A Tale of Two Cities.
Additional features of the app include:
- Download your books so you can read when out of cellular or Wi-Fi® coverage
- Use your micro-SD™ card to store books for offline reading
- Sync your books and bookmarks to your Kobo eReader from your Bluetooth®-enabled BlackBerry smartphone
- Skip ahead in your book with the Table of Contents page
- Log in to your Twitter® account and share your favorite reads with your followers
Synching with the Kobo Books website
Another nice feature lets you synchronize your account across your BlackBerry smartphone, Kobo eReader, and desktop or laptop computer. From any of those Internet-connected devices you simply log in with your existing Kobo account to access all of the eBooks you've already purchased.
Your bookmarks also synch. For example, I bookmarked my place in the 9th Judgment on my BlackBerry smartphone. Later that day I went to the exact spot on my laptop computer. It's a nice way to use different devices depending upon your needs. All in all this is a terrific app for reading books on the go.
** This contest is offered and run by Kobo Inc., not by Research In Motion (RIM). Residents of the US and Canada (excluding Quebec) only. No purchase necessary. Complete terms and conditions are posted at http://www.kobobooks.com/koboblackberrycontest. User participation is at your own risk. Void where prohibited by law.