Kobo to Launch New Book Reviews Section

Whether Kobo to Launch New Book Reviews Section Kobo they come from Goodreads, iDreamBooks, or Amazon, book reviews make the ebookstore. For the longest time now Kobo has lacked book reviews, but in the not too distant future that is going to change.

A few days ago Kobo announced on the Kobo Writing Life blog that they are growing their own review section:

In the near future, Kobo will begin featuring book reviews! Customers will be able to write reviews and choose star ratings for your titles and post them on the book page. We want to give KWL authors the opportunity to begin collecting reviews for their titles before the feature goes live!

The new review section is being developed in partnership with Evolcalize, and just about anyone can post a review. All that is required is a Facebook account; you don't even have to log in with your Kobo account (in fact, you cannot).

 

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If you would like to post a review, click this link, log in with your Facebook account, and search by  either title or author. Your review won't be immediately posted to the Kobo website, but it will be added to the site in the near future (once this feature officially launches).

As you might recall, Kobo used to rely on Goodreads as a source of reviews, but they broke ties in July 2013. This was about 4 months after Goodreads was acquired by Amazon, raising questions as to whose idea it was to break up.

Frankly, I was a little surprised that it took Kobo this long to organize a replacement, especially considering that there already was a readily available alternative. iDreamBooks, which bills it itself as the Rotten Tomatoes of book reviews, launched in 2012. This review aggregator last crossed my desk in April 2013 when it announced a deal with Sony to supply reviews to the Reader Store.

It's a shame Kobo couldn't work out a similar deal.

Thanks, Stephen!

Nate Hoffelder

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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.

8 Comments

  1. Fbone20 May, 2014

    Facebook account required? I guess I won’t be posting any reviews on Kobo.

    Reply
    1. Sally21 May, 2014

      I won’t log in with a Facebook account either. This is a bad move on Kobo’s part.

      Reply
      1. Nate Hoffelder21 May, 2014

        I agree that Evocalize should offer another option. it wouldn’t hurt them to also offer Google or twitter logins.

        Reply
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  4. roman25 February, 2015

    Kobo is one of the worst books store I had buy from.

    I got not the book which I had order (ebook). Hovpwever, I have send them help message and it passed 24hr and still they not return to me!!!

    Moreover, I tried call them, but they do not answer to call unless it from few hours a day (sorry but not all people live in US! And here the time different!!!!!!)

    Never have such bad deal with “so called” big company.

    Really with such service I do not recommend to buy from them.

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  5. Reena13 March, 2015

    You don’t need a facebook account to post reviews. You can log in with your Kobo account email.

    Reply
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