Rakuten Kobo is an audiobook and eBook website that gives you access to the most popular titles out there. The Kobo App is accessible on iOS and Android and makes it easy to store your favorite books — and you’ll never lose your place.
Rakuten Kobo aims to bring everything about your favorite local bookstore to your phone or tablet. The reason? To bring the power of reading to your constantly moving world. Kobo’s catalog as more than 6 million titles to choose from, and includes eBooks, audiobooks, and even eReaders. The Kobo App stores all of your eBooks and audiobooks for quick and easy access — and you’ll never lose your place. Founded in 2009, Kobo is one of the fastest-growing eReading services.
Great For People Who
Want their eBooks and audiobooks in the same place for easy access
Want to use an eReader as opposed to their phone to read — they have their own line of award-winning eReaders
Are looking for a rewards program or VIP membership options
Are students and want a student discount
Listen to books in the car — their app is now available on Apple Car Play
What Else Do They Do?
Earlier this year, Kobo and Walmart launched Walmart eBooks to offer an all-new digital books catalog in stores and online. This gives users the option to subscribe to Walmart’s audiobook service for $9.99 a month, and you’ll still have access to Kobo’s more than 6 million titles. You also get the ability to purchase digital book cards in 3,500 Walmart stores, and you have the option to purchase Kobo eReaders in 1,000 Walmart stores.
For signing up, you can get $5 off your first eBook
Their extensive catalog means you have access to the most popular titles out there
They’re constantly releasing new eReader products, and they have an eReader recycling program to ensure they don’t end up in landfills or other improper storage/waste treatment facilities
Their eReaders are available for purchase in countries around the world
Their services are available worldwide
They recently canceled their magazine subscription, even though it is listed in their help center. They seem to not offer a subscription on their website, but they do offer subscriptions through Walmart. After some digging, I found that they have an audiobook subscription for $9.99 a month (not including the Walmart deal), but it was extremely hard to find form their website’s homepage. They also offer rewards programs that gives you deals on their products. Their VIP Treatment is about $10 for the entire year.
Reviews From Around the Web
“Walmart has partnered with Rakuten Kobo to bring you a never-before-seen e-book catalog, available in Walmart stores and online. Kobo's library sports over six million titles of New York Times best sellers, indie titles, and children's books, as well as digital books to complement many of the physical books that the retailer sells in stores. And they're all in one app. BOOM.”
“Kobo’s never had an issue taking on the bigwigs. It’s outlasted bigger names like Sony and Barnes & Noble in the devoted e-reader space, and now it’s ready to take a swipe at Audible’s marketshare dominance.”
“If you’re planning to read big name titles every month and want a subscription package, Kobo's affordable package may suit you well, but if you’re planning to buy titles separately you may want to look elsewhere.”
“A audiobooks service in Kobo’s free app is easy to use and has lots of features, but it’s scuppered by a lack of choice and an irritating subscription business model … The app is great, and the way the audiobooks work is hard to fault. But with a poor selection of audiobooks and high prices for downloading single titles, Kobo doesn’t add much to a market screaming out for a good value single title audiobook supplier.”