The Kobo iOS application enjoys the Good e-Reader top reading pick on the Apple operating system with good reason. It has many features not found in any competing apps, most notably Reading Life. This is a social media extravaganza that allows you to share the books you are reading with your friends on Facebook and Twitter. It also has a rewards system so when you read books you can garner special achievements. One of the best aspects is your reading status. The app will break down how many books you read, how long it takes to read them and a slew of other options.
Most eBook applications for iOS and the iPad do not allow you to load in your own books, instead you have to purchase them directly from the company. The purpose of this tutorial is to teach you how to load in your books directly to the Kobo application. This way you can take advantage of many of the features found in it and bypass the need to exclusively rely on the iBooks app.
The first thing you want to do is plug your iPad or other device into your computer and fire up iTunes. You then want to click on the device you plugged in and then click on the Apps tab. Once you do that you can scroll to the bottom of the list and you should see a file sharing option. You want to click on the Kobo icon that you see below the file sharing option. You can then simply drag and drop EPUB and PDF books into the Kobo Documents area. Alternatively you can use the FILE/ADD button to directly add books to it.
One you complete the above steps you want to SYNC your device and it will copy all of the books directly to your iPad. When you complete the sync you can then unplug it from your computer and the books should appear on your Kobo Library Shelf! Now you can start earning awards and buff up your reading stats.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.