Kobo for iOS Updated – Still Hamstrung by Apple’s Rules

Kobo released a new version of the iPad and iPhone apps over the weekend and they made some noticeable improvements.

The app now supports multi-tasking, and that means you can download ebooks and update your library while doing other things. It also sports a redesigned interface with a nicer feel. The news feed is still there, but it's now a window on the screen (instead of taking up the full screen). The app also now has access to exclusive content and enhanced ebooks in Faces and Places Reading Life. I can't say that I've seen the latter, but I'm sure it's there somewhere.

The app is still crippled by Apple, sadly. Kobo can't in any way link to their website, and that includes the ebookstore, creating an account, or anything. In fact, the link that you might expect for "Forgot your password" doesn't actually go anywhere.

The funny part here is that Apple claimed earlier this year that their new rules were intended to create a better experience for users. Haha.

via Kobo

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: He's here to chew bubble gum and fix broken websites, and he is all out of bubble gum. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills at the drop of a hat. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

1 Comment

  1. Tyler29 August, 2011

    Since everyone of these devices has a web browser and all the bookstore did was open a link to that browser, it’s not that big of a deal if you want to buy a book. It also, in my eyes, makes Apple seem even more stupid. That’s why I am dumping my iPhone when the contract ends next year for an Android phone and get and Android Tablet.

    I also find it interesting that my Woot application hasn’t had to be changed. Shhh, don’t tell them.

    Kudos to Kobo for continuing to upgrade their apps. The Nook app I have on my phone is awful compared to the Kobo app.

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