Kindle vs. Kobo – My Review

In January of this year, I got an iPad for my birthday. Although it will never replace my laptop – or any other computer for that matter – it is quite handy.

One of the things for which it is handy is reading ebooks from various sources. The app I’ve used most has been Amazon’s Kindle app, but I recently decided to give the Kobo app a try. I received an email about books available from them for $4.99 and under so I took a browse through what they had on offer. Luckily, there was a historical fiction book available by an author I know through a forum and I decided to give it a read. I was pleasantly surprised given how few of the authors I like are available these days as ebooks.

So I bought it and dove into the story. While the story itself was magnificent, I have to say that I will not be using the Kobo anymore. It is quite annoying compared to the Kindle app. I don’t know if this is just something that is part of the app or if this is how it is if you actually have their device, but the Kindle app is far cleaner. When I change from landscape to portrait while reading in the Kindle app, the lines and words change direction instantly. The Kobo takes a few seconds, because it has to recallibrate everything to reorientate the text. And they have these smarmy little “awards” that are given for stuff like spending X amount of time reading using the Kobo. That’s stupid and childish. Thankfully there was a way to turn them off, but after one app update, more were introduced and I had to go into the settings and change them as well. It takes a bit of time for the Kobo app to start up as well. Every other app I have pops up instantly when I touch to open it. Kobo has to load all kinds of things first.

As far as I’m concerned, Kindle beats out Kobo, hands down. My next ebook purchase will be for Barnes & Nobles’ Nook app. I’ll write another review for that.