Kobo Writing Life is one of the strongest alternatives to Kindle Direct Publishing. Authors who elect to self-publish with Kobo often find themselves able to market their titles in more international markets. Writing Life is working on two new compelling features that are currently in testing and will be unveiled soon.
In the near future, Kobo will begin featuring book reviews for anyone that self-publishes eBooks. Customers will be able to write reviews and choose star ratings for titles and post them on the book page. This new system is created in-house and does not rely on any 3rd party review company such as GoodReads or iDreambooks.
If you are a current author who publishes with Kobo you can check out how it will look HERE.