Kobo is a very popular online book store, based out of Canada. Their platform is similar to Amazon Kindle and they deal with eBooks exclusively. They have their own range of eInk eReaders, Tablets, eBooks and even a self-publishing platform for authors. You can read Kobo books on their eBook readers, any other eReader (via Calibre) or any mobile/tablet, by downloading the free apps.
I already noticed that they were pricing their books in Rupees for customers from India and now, they have announced that they will be selling their eReaders in Crossword, the popular bookshop in India – Online & Offline (I guess). Here is the list of Kobo eReaders and their prices (in rupees).
I wish I had this option when I bought the Kindle, but I am happy with the Kindle – So, no worries! But, it’s always good to have options 🙂 I was expecting Sony or B&N (Nook) to come to the Indian market first, but Kobo has shown why they are popular and how quickly they can move. Kudos!
One great thing about eBooks is, since it is a digital platform and there are no production/delivery costs, some authors release their eBooks for free or make them free for a limited period of time. Some authors release the first book of a series, for free. You can find these free books in Kobo’s online store, but there are sites that track free Kobo books for the day, and list a few of them. Have a look at this site for one such free daily Kobo eBooks list.
Of course, you can read eBooks in computer/laptop, mobiles, tablets, etc. but the best option is to buy the eReader. Reading from an eInk screen is an excellent experience and your eyes will not get tired quickly, unlike the LCD monitors! You can download the ePub formatted eBooks from Kobo site, and hence you can read it using any eReader – Even Kindle (upon converting ePub into Mobi using Calibre). Now you know why I am excited! 🙂