Read Books On Your Android Phone Or Tablet With Kobo

Justin Pot 10-11-2012

read books on androidDo some reading on the go. Kobo’s Android app is perfect for your tablet or smartphone, and it couldn’t be any easier to use. Whether you want to quickly browse thousands of free books or pay for the latest best-sellers, Kobo’s got you covered.


In my opinion the best digital reading experience is on an e-ink screen, which is why I love my Kobo Wireless. Sure, it’s out of date, but all I need it for is reading. Sometimes you don’t have your ereader with you, however, and that’s when Kobo for Android comes in handy. If you own a Kobo, and bought books for it, there’s no reason not have this app. It syncs with your reading material.

Even if you don’t own a Kobo, however, this app is worth checking out. It offers thousands of free books Kobo - Thousands Of Free Books For Your Computer Or Smartphone Read More and can easily sync with your computer. It also offers comments on individual pages in any book, something no other reading app currently offers.

Reading On Android

Fire up the Kobo app, log into your account and you’ll be presented with your books along with some recommended titles.

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Tap any of your books to start reading, or head to your personal library. All of the books you’ve previously purchased for Kobo will show up here.


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There are free books, mainly from the public domain, if you want to try out the reading experience before paying for anything. Speaking of: what really counts when it comes to a reading app is the actual reading experience. Kobo delivers: the app gets out of your way and lets you focus on your words.

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Don’t like the look? There are limited customization options. You can’t pick just any font, size and color but you can select from the limited options:


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This should be flexible enough for the vast majority of people, and all the choices look good.

One feature – or annoyance, depending on your point of view – is comments for every page. Kobo’s Android app allows you to leave comments while you’re reading the book, and you can also see what other people have to say.

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Personally I find this a distraction from the reading experience, but if you love reading comments below web articles you’ll also enjoy this.

One other annoyance: if you subscribe to any newspapers or magazines using Kobo you cannot see them in the Android app. That feature seems to be limited to Kobo devices and iOS apps, for some reason.

Importing Other Books

Do you have other ebook files on your computer? Assuming those files are DRM-free, you can easily import them. Just run the import wizard and the Kobo app will grab them:

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Note that imported books will not sync with your other Kobo devices; that only works with books you find in Kobo’s store.


Kobo’s app is worth checking out, if you enjoy reading. Sure, Kobo offers its own tablet, but why purchase a dedicated device when any Android one will do? All you need to do is install the Kobo App and any Android device can do the job.

How do you like the app? Let me know in the comments below, or recommend other Android readings apps.

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  1. Lee
    February 4, 2016 at 11:01 pm

    Am I missing something? The only sign in option is via Google, Facebook or to create a Kobo account. I already have a Kobo account but it's not via Google or Facebook so I can't log in on the app!

    • Justin Pot
      February 5, 2016 at 2:45 am

      That's news to me, I've also only ever had the Kobo account. What are you trying to use, the Android version?

      • Lee
        February 5, 2016 at 7:33 am

        My bad. I was clicking the sign in option underneath the Google logo and despite definitely typing in the correct email address and password it repeatedly said not found so I jumped to the conclusion that this sign in option was actually the Google one. I've since learned that it IS the Kobo account sign in so the technical help team are looking into the issue as I've logged into my Kobo device with the exact same details. Thanks.

  2. DarksydeCAD
    March 26, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    For some reason KOBO seems to think I am a 30+ woman or a tween as these are types of books it recommends. I emailed their support for help and suggested they get a system more like as it suggests books I am much more interested it. I sideload most of my books with Calibre as Kobo does not show any content on the device that was not loaded via their system. I really only have their app on my PC for updating my device. I will not use their android app until there system displays books not loaded via their store/windows app.

    • justinpot
      March 26, 2013 at 5:25 pm

      You can add EPUBs to the app easily, as mentioned above. And the recommendations will probably improve if you do so.

  3. Malyck Morenigbade
    November 16, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    awesome................much better than wattpad!!

  4. Sean A
    November 15, 2012 at 12:56 am

    I remember their was a kobo reading device. Was that project ended at some point? If it was I think this is a really good idea and I may get the app.

    • Justin Pot
      November 15, 2012 at 1:48 am

      They still make eReaders. This app syncs with them, meaning you can read a few pages on your phone before switching to your ereader when you get home.

  5. Suzette Sabido
    November 14, 2012 at 6:31 am

    Cool. I love reading. I have to try this. =)

  6. Douglas Mutay
    November 13, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    I use Kobo on my Blackberry Playbook and found it very very good! But the only negative point is that I can only have book purchased from the internet or free one. You can't import other book inside the app.

    • Justin Pot
      November 13, 2012 at 2:01 pm

      Well, you can import other books in the Android version. EPUBs only, I think, but you can.

  7. Rajaa Chowdhury
    November 13, 2012 at 1:40 am


    I am currently using the Kindle Fire app on my Sammy Galaxy Chat GT-B5330 Android 4.0.4 . So what do you reckon, should I changeover to Kobo? I mostly use e-reader to read the great English classics, which I get totally free at Amazon Store.

    • Justin Pot
      November 13, 2012 at 1:46 am

      It's a matter of preference. Try this out if you're interested; you'll find all the English classics in Kobo Both apps are well done, in my opinion.

  8. Ahmed Khalil
    November 12, 2012 at 12:37 am

    i will install it on My samsung galaxy S2

  9. Mac Witty
    November 11, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    Looks very clean and nice

  10. Scutterman
    November 11, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    I tried this app because I Amazon's Kindle app seems to forget the zoom level whenever I turn the page. However, I created an account and went through the import wizard and it didn't pick up any of the PDFs I got from the Humble Book Bundle.

    • Boni Oloff
      November 12, 2012 at 11:47 am

      They only can read the books purchased in the web.

    • Justin Pot
      November 13, 2012 at 2:01 pm

      It can import, but I think you need the EPUB version of the books.

  11. Ritwick Saikia
    November 11, 2012 at 6:44 am

    Kobo is a good app. Have used it on my bro's android tablet. Just does what it's supposed to with minimal fuss.

  12. Nikhil Chandak
    November 11, 2012 at 4:24 am

    amazing article !

  13. Márcio Guerra
    November 11, 2012 at 3:30 am

    Well, I use some other book readers, but I will try to take a look at it... But I don't really want more and more signings into services... Tired...


    Márcio Guerra

  14. Anonymous
    November 10, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    Looks good. Will check it out on my Android tablet...