If you have ever owned a Pocketbook e-Reader you are familar with their eBook Store called Bookland. In the last few days the company decided to close the store and start a new project. If you had any existing downloads or purchases they should be transferred over to the new store.
Bookland was quite abysmal and really did not offer anything but open source books that were easy to find anywhere on the internet. Their new store called Obreey now has a wider selection of content which should be a boon to anyone who owns a Pocketbook e-Reader with WIFI.
Obreey now has a large collection of mostly paid books and it seems there are at least fifty thousand available to download. They even have an extensive comic book and graphic novel collection. The books are available in many different languages, including English, German, Russian, and many more. The downside is there is no mainstream or well known authors listed at all and it is relegated to indie authors and open source books. At one time Pocketbook offered many open sourced books for free and now they charge around $5.99 for them.
This new bookstore is terrible and there is no way to check out new books or popular ebooks at all. They do briefly have a new and bestseller options on the website but the forward and backward buttons don’t work at all. You are basically taking a shot in the dark to find out if a book is any good or not. The books also have no descriptions other then their genre, so you have no clue what the book is actually about. There is also no rating or commenting system to find out what other people thought about the book.
Verdict: Avoid at all costs
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.