Barnes and Noble experienced a maelstrom of negative publicity last week when it was revealed that they have disabled the ability to download eBooks. Many readers alluded that this would be the final nail in the coffin and a great reason to switch to another online retailer. You might want to think twice about dealing with Kobo as we have breaking news that they also are not allowing customers to download key eBook titles.
Kobo is a company that has developed their own variation on standard ePubs called KePub . They have added a database (SQLite) that helps them read and manage books that come from their bookstore or another bookstore that has adopted their format.
We have heard from many users that if you buy an eBook, where KePub is the only format available, it won’t download to your PC and while it will appear on your Kobo reader, it doesn’t show up in the files if you connect the device to the PC in attempt to load the book into Calibre. It is also not available to download on the main Kobo website, where you can access all of the books in your library. This makes it very difficult for the average reader trying to back up their books.
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.