An eagle-eyed reader over at MobileRead Forums reports that Kobo is testing a new way to show a book’s stats.
Yesterday GeoffR posted a screensnap which showed that Kobo is considering a more graphic way to show details about a book, including length, an estimated page count, and how long it will take to read.
Kobo is still quietly testing the new ebook description page in beta, so they’re not showing it to everyone. They also haven’t shared any info on when it will be rolled out to all users.
Luckily, the same cannot be said for the new reading stats email.
I haven’t seen it myself, but I’ve heard a couple reports that Kobo is now sending active readers a precis of their reading stats every quarter.
According to my source at MobileRead, Kobo is only tracking data from the books they sell:
And thinking of stats, did anyone else get the reading activity email earlier in the month? I don’t remember it being mentioned. It shows the stats for my reading for the previous three months. But, it is only for “Kobo eBooks”, so only books I purchased from Kobo. I like it, but as it only captures maybe half of my reading, it isn’t very accurate.
So what do you think of the new stats?
I find the new book stats more colorful and easier to scan, but not necessarily more useful. I’ve never used those details to plan my reading, have you?
Thanks, GoeffR, for the heads up!
image by andsleonardo