Kobo – Thousands Of Free Books For Your Computer Or Smartphone

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kobo free   Kobo   Thousands Of Free Books For Your Computer Or SmartphoneThousands of free books easily synced across all of your devices, automatically. Kobo is an ebook store with applications offered for Windows, Mac and Linux. This application can sync with apps for iOS, Android, Blackberry and Palm Pre mobile phones and devices, so you can enjoy your reading on the go. On every platform the reading experience is clean and simple.

Kobo is a line of electronic reading devices connected to a store, similar to the Amazon Kindle. Just like the store built into the Kindle, Kobo features a lot of books you can pay for. This makes sense; publishers need to make money somehow. Do a quick search, however, and you can find a lot of free books to download from Kobo and read on whatever device you like. Some of these are in the public domain because of their age; others are offered free.


Syncing books and bookmarks across devices is automatic, giving Kobo a slight edge over other platforms. For example, you could combine Dropbox and Calibre to sync your ebooks across all devices, but you cannot use this to sync your bookmarks to your mobile devices. Kobo can sync everything about your reading between all of your devices, and also offers access to newspaper and magazine subscriptions.

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What It Is

Fire up Kobo Desktop. Create a user account and you’ll see your new library, which by default will feature just a few free literary classics:

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Simply click a book to start reading. The interface for doing so is really simple, which I think you’ll enjoy a great deal:

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The arrow keys make for quick page turning; a simple menu on the left allows you to browse by chapter, change the font size or enter full screen mode.

Need more than five books? Head over to the store, where you can find millions of books to buy:

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Here you’ll find the latest books for sale, if you’re inclined to pay for them. You can also find a variety of free books.

Free Books

Scroll down in the store and you’ll eventually see a banner for free ebooks. Click this and you’ll be presented with a variety of free titles. These will range from new books that are free to promote others to literary classics.

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But don’t go thinking that the approximately 200 books you can browse here are the sum total of the free books offered. Search for any book you know to be in the public domain and you’ll find a free copy of it:

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Not bad at all. Remember: any book with a blue “Download” button where the price should be is free.

Download

Want to get started? Windows and Mac users can download Kobo here. If you’re a Linux user you can request a download here, or simply download Kobo for Ubuntu like I did. Want Kobo on your smartphone? Check here.

Didn’t Borders Go Bankrupt?

You may be wondering: isn’t the Kobo Reader a dying platform since Borders announced its bankruptcy? As it turns out, no. As Kobo explained recently on its blog, Borders is only a minority shareholder of Kobo and represents a very small fraction of its global sales.

The Borders Desktop that comes with Kobo Readers in the United States? It’s just a re-packaged Kobo desktop, though inferior in some ways. The Borders Desktop, for example, doesn’t support newspaper subscriptions; Kobo Desktop does. You can use the Kobo Desktop to get access to these features on your Borders-supplied Kobo, and this will give you access to newspaper subscriptions and any other goodies Kobo may soon provide.

That’s what I did, and I’m enjoying the access to newspaper subscriptions (although my switching probably isn’t helping with Border’s bankruptcy situation). I’m hoping that future features added will include automated Instapaper subscriptions.

How do you like the Kobo Desktop? Fill us in using the comments. Also feel free to recommend other ebook services, because we love learning.

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FrStephenS

Very helpful Cnet review, with comparisons to Kindle: http://reviews.cnet.com/e-book

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UUUnicorn

Downloaded and installed Kobo for Ubuntu onto Linux Mint 9 Xfce (Ubuntu-based). I had to first download and install libpng3. I see the icon and name in my menu, but when I click on it, it doesn’t run.

jhpot

All I can tell you is that it’s working great on Ubuntu 10.10, and that Kobo doesn’t officially support the Linux version. Try running Kobo from the command line and see what errors you get.

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jhpot

Alternatively, try the portable version of Kobo found at http://portablelinuxapps.org/

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michael

If you like free, get fbreader ( http://www.fbreader.org/downlo… ), and get your books directly from http://gutenberg.org . That’s the original source of most free books that places like Amazon, B&N, and Borders are the middlemen for, and fbreader is a definitely superior reader, fast, and not a space-hog on your phone.

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Bobjones

Borders may be gone, but Barnes & Noble is NOT. I’ve been using its applications (with or without the Nook) for lots of free reading.

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michael

If you like free, get fbreader ( http://www.fbreader.org/downloads.php ), and get your books directly from http://gutenberg.org . That’s the original source of most free books that places like Amazon, B&N, and Borders are the middlemen for, and fbreader is a definitely superior reader, fast, and not a space-hog on your phone.

Gentlemanbeggar

I also recommend http://www.manybooks.net/ They have some books not available on gutenberg and offer most of the gb catalog as well. They also have a good variety of formats available for whatever reader you are using. Gutenberg and Manybooks are my 1-2 punch for ebook sources.

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Gentlemanbeggar

I also recommend http://www.manybooks.net/ They have some books not available on gutenberg and offer most of the gb catalog as well. They also have a good variety of formats available for whatever reader you are using. Gutenberg and Manybooks are my 1-2 punch for ebook sources.

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UUUnicorn

I don’t know yet how to run Kobo from the command line–I’m very, VERY new to Linux.

Thank you, though.

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UUUnicorn

I don’t know yet how to run Kobo from the command line–I’m very, VERY new to Linux.

Thank you, though.

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bobconstans

I was actually prompted by this to check out the Kobo eReader itself (might be a good time to pick one up at a steal, he he), and I was liking what I saw (including price: Retail $149 CDN) until I found out that it only handles ePub and PDF formats. That’s pretty pathetic these days. I installed the Desktop app so I could see what formats IT supported and I really did NOT like the installer. And I have to say that as an ebook app it is severely limited in functionality – IMO, it really serves only as an adjunct to a reader device.

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Aibek

let us know if you experience any issues with the portable version

http://portablelinuxapps.org/K

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Book Master

super app, thanks for sharing. I was using http://findpdf.net to find PDF books online but will give this a try. is this working for kindle?

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Book Master

super app, thanks for sharing. I was using http://findpdf.net to find PDF books online but will give this a try. is this working for kindle?

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Pflynn

message for bobconstans: – have a look at Calibre – all your concerns about formats will be (delightfully) answered

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