Kobo Relaunches their Reading App for Windows 8, Windows Phone App is in the Works

Justkobo itunes ios logo 5 months after Kobo pulled their Windows 8/RT app, it’s back. Kobo announced on Thursday the relaunch of their reading app for Windows 8 and Windows RT.

The new app boasts access to a catalog of 4 million titles, all of which can be read via a friendly user interface and synced across a reader’s Kobo account. The app also features a new ability to pin specific ebook titles as live tiles to the Start screen.

“We are excited to give our Readers access to their Kobo eBooks on the Microsoft Windows ecosystem. Just like Kobo, Microsoft understands the importance of providing users with greater mobility and new ways to enjoy their favourite content. The Kobo for Windows app is designed to make Kobo content come alive on Windows devices,” said Sameer Hasan, Director of Reading and Mobile Platforms, Kobo.

Kobo had been one of the first to release a reading app for Windows 8 when that OS launched in 2012, and many pundits were surprised when they pulled their app back in November 2013. They never gave an explanation for its removal, but one user commented at the time that:

I’ve been struggling with the very poorly developed Windows 8 Kobo app for the last year. I finally got it working on a Microsoft Surface RT tablet. I upgraded to a Surface Pro 2 and went to download the app from the Windows Store – and couldn’t find it!

If that is the reason for the removal then it was a smart move. Kobo probably took the last 5 months to rebuild the app from the bottom up and fix all of the issues with the old app. Of course, this is just speculation; all we know is that the app has been restored.

In related news, Kobo is also reporting today that they will soon be launching a reading app for Windows Phone.The Windows Phone experience will operate with the same functions as the Windows App for notebooks, tablets and desktops, offering the best content and experience to its readers.

So have you tried the new Kobo Window s8 app? How well does it work?

Kobo – Windows Store


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Nate Hoffelder is the founder of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. 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. john6 March, 2014

    Finally! Sony accounts merge into Kobo, Kobo apps up to Windows and Windows Phone. Now all I need is a B&N Windows Phone app. (oh, i supposed Kindle too; whatever.) Will probably have to wait for the Windows and Windows Phone stores to merge for that one. RT anyone?

  2. paola11 March, 2014

    Nate, I’ve been trying it out, and it is very frustrating. First off, it would hang when trying to login, so the way around it was to pretend to sign up. Next, books would not show, so it needed an uninstall and reinstall. It keeps iether hanging or crashing altogether, and it won’t sync. In short, pretty unusable in my experience – I am running windows 8.1 pro 64 bit.

    1. Nate Hoffelder17 June, 2014

      Sorry it doesn’t work for you, but thanks for the details.

  3. Luther18 June, 2014

    No ability to annotate that I can see. Disappointed.

  4. Erik Heyl6 September, 2014

    I’ve been trying to figure out how it lets you read the magazines you’ve purchased. On the android version of the app, I can get to my magazines, but there doesn’t seem to be a way to do so on the Windows 8 app of all things. Am I missing something?

    1. Davinder Sangha13 August, 2015

      I’ve just noticed that. Nook has stop supporting UK, so need to switch. Kobo has all the magazines, but only books apply to the Windows Apps.

      1. Nate Hoffelder13 August, 2015

        Are you sure that Nook has ended support for the UK? From what I can see, B&N has just dropped support for the Nook Windows 8 app. They haven’t said they were leaving the market entirely.

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