Samsung will cease its partnership with Kobo, which has been part of its Readers Hub app. In its place, the South Korean firm is launching its own ebook service. The service will be available to users of Samsung Android devices in Europe. Users have already received a notification that for them to be able to read content purchased from Kobo, they have to download the Kobo app from Google Play.
Rumors of an upgrade had started circulating since December last year but appear to only have materialized recently. Samsung began offering Kobo content on Readers App early in 2011, which allowed readers to enjoy around 2.2 million ebooks from Kobo’s library, 1.8 million of which are available for free.
The catalogue included fresh releases from publishers, bestsellers as identified by the New York Times, thrillers, romance novels from the 1700s, and other popular literary works. During that time, the deal allowed Kobo to showcase the ebooks on a colored device since the Kobo eReader then only sported a black and white display. However, at present, Kobo already has its own full color Android tablet called the Vox.
On Samsung’s part, the company would only be wasting income by keeping the partnership with the Japan-based conglomerate since the two companies would be splitting the ebook fees. That said, Samsung had not made a categorical declaration that it won’t be looking into partnerships with other content providers. There are several others, in fact, that could give Samsung its needed content to put in its new ebook library, such as Blio and txtr.
In the meantime, bibliophiles on Samsung can download the Kobo app, which is available for free from Google Play. The Kobo app has various features including a tracking system that monitors one’s reading behaviors, Facebook integration that will let them share passages and recommend books on the social networks, and an ability to transfer the digital content to other devices.
With the app, users also have the means to personalize their reading experience by changing the font face and size of the text, adding notes, and fine-tune the intensity of the screen’s brightness.