Kobo has updated their iOS app today and brings a slew of new multimedia features that cater towards enhanced ebooks.
The main facets of the new update bring video and audio support to select Kobo titles. The functionality is now in place for indie authors taking advantage of their new Writing Life program to make books with enhanced media content. There is also a new ‘Read Along’ feature for children’s book. These books were in the past a Kobo Vox exclusive and now is available on iOS. There is currently over 150 books available that have the ability to narrate the books to your kids.
Some of the other minor updates include the ability to read cookbooks, comics and more in the app. The iPad reading menus have also undergone a revision that take advantage of the higher resolution retina display. You now have the ability to search your library foe books by author, title and publisher. This is a super useful feature for those of you that have library selves with a copious amount of eBooks.
Remember, with the Kobo iOS edition you cannot buy books with the ‘read along’ feature or buy content with audio and video. You would have to buy it first on their website and then have it synced with your iPad.
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