Goodreads vs Kobo
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Latest news about Goodreads and Kobo:
04.08.17. Kobo will discontinue PDF Files support. Kobo has announced that it will no longer be offering PDF files to download from their online store by November 1st 2017. This change will only affect self-publishers and legacy content that was only made available in the PDF. In these rare cases Kobo will be automatically converting PDF files to EPUB/KEPUB. If there are specific titles that cannot be formatted correctly, Kobo will be sending out an email and provide a breakdown of the books that failed the conversion process.
22.02.17. Kobo Plus - unlimited e-Book subscription program. Kobo launched a new unlimited subscription program for e-books, called Kobo Plus. The first two countries where it will be available is the Netherlands and Belgium. Readers can pay € 9,99 per month to have access to 40,000 titles and 16,000 of those are in the Dutch language. This new e-book subscription platform is a byproduct of Bol and Kobo. Bol.com introduced digital reading in the Netherlands and Belgium five years ago, and since then has experienced amazing growth. In addition to the 1.2 million eReaders sold in the Netherlands, customers can also read their eBooks digitally via tablets and smartphones. The selection of eBooks has grown enormously over the past few years. One in seven non-fiction books sold in the Netherlands is digital.
14.02.17. GoodReads is rolling out the ReRead system. Many GoodReads users set a book goal for the calendar year. Sometimes you simply want to reread the Harry Potter saga or one of the Divergent books, but in the past they would not count towards your goal. This has all changed with a new BETA ReRead feature that will be rolled out globally in the coming months. Next time you decide to reread a book that you’ve already marked as Read on Goodreads, simply mark it as Currently Reading. When you are done, just mark it as Read. You can do this from the Goodreads iOS and Android apps and on Goodreads.com, as well as in the About the Book feature on Kindle.
21.04.16. Kobo Cloud Reader is discontinued. Kobo Instant Reader, Kobo's web-based reading interface, has been officially discontinued and the link to access it now redirects to the companies general app page. The Nook Cloud Reader has also been abandoned with the advent of the new Barnes and Noble website that was unveiled last summer. Both online reading apps were developed in 2012 to bypass the new Apple policy to handle all in-app purchases through their own financial system, instead of app developers processing it themselves. They never gained significant traction because the companies that ran them never really promoted them. They languished in obscurity for a number of years, until they were quietly discontinued. The Kindle Cloud Reader remains the only online reading app to be maintained and available for public use.
14.01.16. Kobo released reading app for kids. Kobo has just released a standalone app for Android called Kobo Kids. It is an e-reading app, but also an online shopping system where there is a number of e-books and graphic novels available. In 2013 Kobo developed a children’s portal to showcase all of their comics, graphic novels and e-books. This system was only available on the web version of their store and this is the first time the company has ever developed a dedicated app to draw attention to it. The Kobo Kids app features a bright and bubbly interface that showcases a series of icons pointing to genre topics such as space, dinosaurs, animals, classics, superheroes and many others. When you click on a particular topic it displays a number of titles and offers previews. Kids, are not able to buy content on their own, but the parent has to purchase them, but it is significantly easier to do this once they download a sample.
14.05.15. Kobo launched free ebook platform for Southwest Airlines passengers. Kobo introduces an e-reading platform for Southwest Airlines passengers, the latest in a flurry of separate initiatives to put ebooks in closer reach of travelers. The platform offers approximately 140 free ebooks (a figure Kobo plans to grow), of which about 85% are full-text editions, while the remainder are samples of titles readers can buy after landing. Kobo’s in-flight e-reading platform represents another push toward curated ebook discovery as publishers and retailers strive to deliver the right content to the right readers at the right time. The move also falls in line with efforts by Kobo’s parent company Rakuten to expand its global ebook business, a key growth area the company identified earlier this spring when it acquired the library distributor OverDrive.
21.04.15. Goodreads adds Audible integration to let you listen free audiobook samples. Amazon's Goodreads now lets users listen to free audio samples of 180,000 titles on its platform through a new “Listen” button drawing from Audible’s digital audiobook catalog. Those samples will be available to all Goodreads users whether or not they are Audible customers, but the new feature comes with an offer of a 30-day free trial of Audible, which, like Goodreads, is owned by Amazon. The streaming feature will be available to users on the Goodreads website, with plans to extend it to the mobile site and apps shortly, according to an announcement today. The move is push to help ebook readers discover audiobook content and comes at a time when publishers and retailers are experimenting with ways to encourage crossover usage of the two formats.
03.12.14. Kobo offers ebook catalog on third-party e-Ink readers. Kobo announced an initiative to give E Ink’s hardware partners the option to offer their customers access to Kobo’s catalogue of more than four million eBooks. By adopting Kobo’s reader application, hardware partners can now add a digital book solution to their offering or expand their existing collections, making titles from all popular genres available on their devices. In addition to Kobo’s line of E Ink eReaders, the Kobo bookstore is now available on select Sony Reader devices, as well as the most popular smartphones and tablets with Kobo’s free eReading apps. As a result of this initiative, E Ink’s hardware partners will be able to provide their customers access to a large collection of eBooks without having to invest in creating an online library. E Ink’s hardware partners will be able to negotiate contracts and revenue sharing options directly with Kobo.
29.10.14. Kobo adds Marvel Comics to its library. A new partnership brings more than 250 of Marvel’s digital comics to Kobo platform. Many of those titles are tied to popular franchises with established fan bases, like The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy, so the move probably doesn’t herald a seismic shift in the outlook for fixed-layout and illustrated ebooks. Super Hero fanatics young and old can enjoy these illustrated eBooks on Kobo devices, such as the full-color Kobo Arc 10HD Android tablet, or via free reading apps available for most popular tablets and smartphones. Still, it’s a modest vote of confidence in the format on Kobo’s part, not to mention an expanded play in a field dominated by ComiXology, which was acquired by Amazon earlier this year.
27.09.14. Goodreads mobile app gets a makeover . Amazon's Goodreads rolled out a significant redesign on iOS (coming soon to Android) – something regular Goodreads users have wanted for some time. Now, instead of having you land on an outdated, grid-like homescreen when the app is first launched, it immediately displays a “news feed” filled with your friends’ recent updates on the network, including books they’ve read, rated, reviewed and more. Here, you can like and comment on the posts from friends with ease, delivering on Goodreads’ promise to function as more of a social network for book readers, and not just a utility where you independently catalog your own progress.
08.09.14. Kobo adds books for kids from Reading Eggs. Kobo partnered with Reading Eggs to make more than 120 of their children eBooks available to millions of Kobo Readers worldwide. For the first time, the popular Reading Eggs eBooks will be available in the digital format outside of the Reading Eggs program and are available exclusively on Kobo. Developed by a highly experienced team of educational teachers, writers and developers, the Reading Eggs program focuses on a core reading curriculum of phonics and word memorization so that kids learn skills and strategies essential for sustained reading success. It directly supports what children learn at school and will help to improve a child’s results at school.
18.04.14. Goodreads allows to import books, purchased on Amazon. Goodreads users can now automatically import the print and ebooks they’ve purchased on Amazon into their Goodreads accounts. One incentive for linking the accounts, Goodreads says, is that “more books added to your Goodreads shelves means better recommendations to help you find more great books to read. The super-smart algorithm powering our recommendations engine analyzes the books you rate to come up with the best book suggestions for your unique reading tastes.” The linking is also another way for Amazon to see which of its customers are Goodreads users, though Goodreads notes that “We give you full control over which books to add so you can avoid adding any books bought as gifts. Any book not rated or added to a shelf will not be added to Goodreads.”
12.03.14. Amazon adds Goodreads integration to Kindle Paperwhite 1. Amazon is pushing out the software update for first-gen Kindle Paperwhite that bring Goodreads integration and other new functions to the e-reader. The currently available Paperwhite, a second-generation model, already has Goodreads support, gaining it last November. The update also includes Kindle FreeTime, which curates books for children and lets parents block time for them to read, Cloud Collections for organization and Page Flip for scanning content without losing your place. The Bookmarks, Highlights and Notes feature can now be accessed more quickly. The update will roll out over the next few weeks to devices in the United States, Canada, and Australia.
10.03.14. Goodreads competitor Slice Bookshelf shuts down. Slice Bookshelf, a social community for readers taking on Amazon-owned Goodreads by offering a more modern experience, and one that was less dependent on manual input from users, is shutting down. The company says that, going forward, it’s focusing on improvements to its core product, mobile shopping companion, Slice, instead. With Bookshelf, Slice had experimented with using its proprietary inbox-scanning technology in a new vertical: instead of tracking your purchases in general, it specifically located your book and e-book receipts. Combined with data from Facebook, the service could automatically build your library, without the tedious data input competitor Goodreads still requires.
07.02.14. Sony gives its e-reader business to Kobo. Sony is getting rid of its unprofitable businesses. The Japanese company is selling its VIAO notebook business, TV business and also quits the e-book platform market. The move isn’t entirely unexpected: Sony has always occupied a relatively small portion of the market compared to Amazon, Google, Apple, B&N and Kobo. Sony Reader store will be shut down next month. Owners of Sony Readers shouldn’t be worried about what happens to all their purchases, since Sony is generously migrating accounts and existing libraries intact to Kobo, which works on iOS and Android devices as well as Android hardware. The Kobo Android now will also ship pre-installed on Xperia devices as part of the arrangement. As for Reader hardware, it appears to have been doomed as far back as October last year, at least for the U.S. market, when the company removed the Reader section from its website entirely and listed existing models as discontinued.
2013. Amazon integrates Goodreads into Kindle Fire OS. Earlier this year Amazon begun to integrate the popular book recommendation site Goodreads (that it acquired in March this year) into its tablets. But in the latest Fire OS release, Goodreads has been integrated directly into the reading experience, so you can participate in Goodreads community without having to exit the book and launch an app. Readers can now capture and share their favorite quotes to Goodreads from inside the book, see what others are reading, and rate and review books upon completion. You’re also able to import all the books you’ve purchased on Amazon, including print and Kindle titles, into Goodreads, which is helpful for those who haven’t been keeping up with their Goodreads account over the years.
2013. Kobo updates its digital publishing service Aquafadas. Kobo announced updates to its digital publishing platform for iPad and Android-tablets Aquafadas. From now it offers support for iOS 7, the ability to add premium enrichments such as real world physics to digital content, and overall improvements for Android interactive book creation. Publishers can add physical properties to any element of the design, create animations using the tablet’s accelerometer (content responds to gravity and moves with the tablet), allowing publishers to create interactive books without writing a single line of code. New option to control the HTML animation inside the page and bypass some limitations of iOS, allowing several animations to play at the same time.
2013. Kobo stops showing Goodreads ratings and reviews. As you remember, Amazon acquired book-review social network Goodreads in March, so it's logical, that Kobo has stopped using the Goodreads API on its website and in its apps. That means no more Goodreads ratings and reviews on Kobo book pages. It sounds as if the decision was driven by Kobo, not Goodreads or Amazon: The company’s chief content officer Michael Tamblyn tells Good E-reader that Kobo might re-add the Goodreads API in the future. But the move demonstrates the risk of relying on what is now a competing retailer’s API. At one point, Goodreads actually encountered a similar problem itself: In early 2012, it stopped sourcing its book data from Amazon’s API, switching over to book wholesaler Ingram’s data instead. Even now, Goodreads says, it’s using metadata from a mixture of sources — Ingram, WorldCat and ONIX feeds.
2013. Kobo launches ereading app for BlackBerry 10. Kobo launched its first ereading app for Blackberry back in March 2010. And today Kobo announced that its free eReading application is available for BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10 smartphone customers. The app will enable Readers on-the-go to carry, browse and shop the more than 3.5-million books sold on Kobo’s eBookstore, as well as the ability to automatically sync their library across any device they own. Kobo’s eReading app enables Readers to easily organize their library and create custom bookshelves, search within a book, highlight text and take notes within the eBook experience, and rate and review books in addition to checking out what other Readers have to say.
2013. Amazon to acquire Goodreads. Amazon has announced today that it will acquire Goodreads. Goodreads is the leading book discovery site with 16 million users and over 23 million book reviews. It allows users to join book-discussion groups and share recommendations, reviews, books they've read and enjoyed or hated and their "want to read" lists. Goodreads also has its own recommendation engine. Right now, the Goodreads site makes it relatively easy for users to download or purchase books from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other sites. It's sort of hard to imagine that Amazon will continue to allow links to non-Amazon stores going forward.