Kobo for Android Updated with Immersive Reading Mode, Better Support for Embedded Audio

kobo itunes ios logoKobo quietly rolled out a new update last week for their Android app, and it’s one worth our attention.

In addition to the usual bug fixes and other improvements, the new app boasts support for Epubs with embedded audio, faster loading of Epub files, and new stability improvements for fixed layout Epub ebooks.

According to the changelog, the app also now has an immersive reading mode which many other reading apps have added over the past year. It is only available on devices running Android 4.4 and above, so it won’t do most of us any good, but if you have the latest Android smartphone or tablet I’m sure you’ll appreciate it.

And I’m sure you’ll also like the better display support for more accurate rendering in Epub files. You can find the app in Google Play.


  • Better display support for more accurate rendering in EPUB/EPUB3 files.
  • Support for EPUBs with embedded audio.
  • Improved loading speed for many books.
  • Immersive full-screen mode on supported Android 4.4 (KitKat) devices.
  • Stability improvements for Fixed Layout EPUBs

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor 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. Purple Lady13 August, 2014

    It’s still very lacking. At a minimum I need to be able to change justification, fonts, margins, and line spacing. This app gives you the option to choose either serif or sans serif fonts and luckily the sans serif is ok for me. But you can’t change anything else.

  2. Dave14 August, 2014

    Now if they could just fix their PC client which no longer supports Win XP since the recent update.


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