To the surprise of some, Amazon is allowing its competitors into its app store. The Kobo Android app has been available in the Amazon Appstore since it launched early this morning, but you might not be able to find it. The search function still doesn’t work quite right. You can find it here.
This is the latest version of Kobo’s app, and it includes all the same features you had before, as well as the features added in the latest update:
- Share quotes, notes and books on Facebook.
- Lock your screen to portrait or landscape from the reading menu.
- Change pages in a book using your volume key.
- Adjust your screen brightness from within a book.
If you’d like to get the Kobo app, you’ll first need to download the Appstore client app to your Android device. It requires Android v1.6 or above. I did try it on a tablet with v1.5 and it didn’t install.
The Nook and Sony apps still appear to be absent, but with the search function broken I’m not sure.
I was not surprised to see the Kobo app. Amazon believes it can out-compete on a level playing field, so it sees no reason to hamstring its competitors. You could already see this behavior elsewhere on Amazon.com in that it sells a lot of eReaders besides the Kindle.