At the risk of bringing the ire of ‘Zon upon myself, I’d like to enlighten you on how much better the Kobo experience is, no matter where you are in the world.
Yes, I might be a tad biased since Kobo is a Canadian company, but having dealt with them longer than I’ve been publishing books, I can honestly say I’ve always had a great relationship with them, any time I’ve needed to contact them.
They’re an organization of human beings who care about what they do. This is their mission statement, copied from their career page:
We are a company built by booklovers for booklovers. We believe people should be able to read anywhere in the world, on any device, and in any language.
With a growing catalogue of millions of titles in 97 languages, Kobo is a truly global eReading service for booklovers of all kinds, in every part of the world.
Things you might not know about Rakuten Kobo:
- You can buy Kobo e-readers and e-books in Walmart
- Their five million titles are available in 190 countries
- They give points when you buy, which you can accumulate to get free books
- Membership is free
- Their reading app is free, so you can read on any device
- Their interface is very simple, making it easy to get a book at the click of a button
- Rakuten owns Overdrive, so most books that are available on Kobo can be requested from your local library
- They’re good to their authors!!
I could go on and on about what’s wrong with Amazon right now, but I won’t. What I will tell you is that more and more I’m seeing authors go wide (removing their titles from KDP Select, which demands exclusivity to Amazon), and moving to Kobo, among other e-book retailers.
I’m not being paid to post this article–I’m writing it because I truly believe in Kobo and what they do.
If you love reading, and you enjoy being able to grab your favorite author’s novels at the click of a button, why not sign up with Kobo?
CLICK HERE to check it out!