Carin wrote me and asked if I still liked the Kobo app as much as I did when I wrote about it in June of this year.
After your post about the Kobo app on the iPad, I installed it on my iPad. I was wondering if you still were enjoying it. For the first few days I was LOVING it. I was the kid who always loved getting the gold star on my homework at school, so an app that gives me badges and tells me I’m “Good in Bed” is a winner with me!
I bugged a friend and got her to use the app thinking it would be all kinds of wonderfulness, Goodreads style, but there’s not much there to share! Without the ability to rate the books in my library, she can only see that I have them, not how much they sucked. (Although I guess I could make a shelf for that.)
I also had an issue where I loaded a book and it was missing a chapter! I emailed it to myself, opened in kobo, and started reading. Then Chapter 2 was just 2 blank pages. And chapter three mentioned some mighty wang viewing I definitely had not been party to. So I re-opened the email and used Bluefire to open the book – low and behold there was whole chapter, including a scene where the heroine spied on the hero. (Of course he knew she was there – he’s a shifter so he could smell her! And what’s a shifter to do other than whip it out and show her what she’s missing?)
Anyway, the chapter goof up was frustrating. And then I realized I’d earned a lot of the badges I was likely to earn, at least without changing my reading habits.
So, I’m writing to you wondering how you feel about it now? Are there features I’m missing? I feel like they could have done some really awesome things with the Reading Life and friends portion of the app, but they just didn’t do it.
Yeah, Carin, I’ll be honest: the bloom is off the rose a bit for me and the Kobo app, though I do like it a bit more than the other reading apps I have on my iPad.
First, when the iPad is not connected to WiFi (I have a Wi-Fi only iPad), the Kobo app will crash repeatedly. If it can’t have internet, then I can’t have books. Poor thing. That can be frustrating, particularly when I’ve been carrying the iPad with me and want to read something only to have the app fail on me due to no internet.
I like the stats given for my reading habits, and I like the idea of contributing to their Read On! effort to gather 1 trillion pages read and make donations to charities specified by readers, but the best part for me is still the ease of creating shelves for my content on the iPad—I love that. I can’t say enough about how easy it is to organize my content on the Kobo app, and how much I like adding books to different shelves. But if it crashes when I’m not hooked up to WiFi, there’s not much point in my using it when I’m not inside my house or at a place where I can access WiFi.
When I’m reading on the iPad, which isn’t often, as I like to be outside in the summer as much as possible, I switch back and forth between the Kindle app and the Kobo app. I still like the Kobo app a lot still, though it has its quirks. For the stats and the shelves I look at them as minor annoyances rather than dealbreakers for the app itself. Unfortunately, it raised my expectations for the Kobo Touch, which, as I ranted, does not have collections or customizable shelves like the app does.