I found out about Kobo last year in November. I had won NaNoWriMo and was looking into the next step for publishing. This brought me to a few places, and Kobo was one of them.
I didn’t self-publish through Kobo because they weren’t widely known, and in order to read the books that are purchased, the user needs to either have a Kobo reader, or they needed to download the app. This sounded like too big of a hassle for those who I hoped would someday read my works. However, joining the site and becoming a reader was fine by me because I was given a few free books for winning NaNoWriMo. And as a book addict, I couldn’t say no and signed up. The reader was too expensive for me at the time, and I already had a perfectly good kindle. So I downloaded the app for my android smartphone and my dell laptop.
I have to say, the app is the bomb-diggedy-yo! Like, seriously, I love it. It tells you how many hours you have left to read your current book (so if you want to know how long it will take you to finish, you know), it tells you what percent you have read (so that you can update your Goodreads account), and it takes the books you have completed out of your library (instead of having them sit there so you are left wondering which books you have and have not read). The books are still there, but they aren’t taking up space in your to-read list.
I would totally try their e-reader if I had the money and compare it to the kindle fire that I have. Right now, I feel like it would probably be a better system just because I love the app so much. Oh! Also! If you join kobo, and have some friends who you think would also love their system, you can give them $5 to try Kobo through an invitation, and when they make their first purchase, you’ll get $10 to use on the site.
Coupled with their Kobo Super Points Program, you can also earn points that will get you free books. They also have a VIP membership program that allows you to earn double points for your purchases, 10% off your purchases, and a free e-book each year. I haven’t taken advantage of that yet, but man am I going to.
Ah, the life of a book addict. So many books, so little time.