I have owned a Kobo for over five years- I would say I am a loyal Kobo customer! Aside from two academic books on the Kindle app (because they weren’t available elsewhere), all of my ebooks have been purchased on Kobo. And that is probably close to $1,000. If I’m being realistic, more. But more and more things have been starting to stick out at me.
1) There aren’t many Kobo coupons anymore, and 95% plus of them are coupons for a specific list of books. Originally, there were a lot more coupons, and the five big publishers were excluded. Now, if you don’t want a book from a list of specific romance, thriller, and/or sci-fi titles, that coupon is useless. Why aren’t you rewarding your customers, Kobo?
2) The Kobo store is oddly organised- Pride and Prejudice, and other classic novels are listed under “Non-Fiction”, you cannot use broad terms for a successful search, and it is difficult to actually organise a given genre by newest to oldes, as the first 50+ books are pre-orders coming out months from now. I can’t buy a book if I can’t find it, Kobo.
3) You are continually forced into doing updates on both the device and the desktop software. It seems unnecessary and once it needs an update, you HAVE to do it. If I want to grab my Kobo as I’m running out the door, I can’t try to quickly load it.
These things being said, I don’t know if I am ready to leave Kobo. The Kobo store is one of the best for ebooks in Canada, meaning it’s my best shot for finding things. I like the Kobo itself- no glare, excellent battery, I’m familiar and comfortable with it! Kobos are also incredibly handy with different file types. Other than Mobi (Kindle), the Kobo can pretty much handle everything!
Kobo has also finally started a points program recently. You get 1 point for every 10c- which isn’t terrible for a free points program. You can redeem your points for books. Books cost anywhere from 2400-8000 points, so you are slightly at the mercy of the determined pounts value. If you buy a VIP membership for $10/year, you get 1 point for every 5c. I will most likely get that if I stick with Kobo; it would pay for itself quickly.
UPDATE: Got home in the evening and accidentally put my Kobo in the washing machine. Don’t do this, because your kobo won’t work…. Thankfully I have a Mom who has an extra to loan me while my new one arrives!
Does anyone have a Kobo? If yes, do you have the same frustration as me? Does anyone have an e-reader other than a Kobo or a Kindle? Do you have any strong likes or dislikes?