Check-Ins: Another ground-breaking feature called Check-Ins, enables readers to check-in with characters and locations inside books, enabling them to mark important milestones and win awards. For example, readers reading Alice in Wonderland can check in with or meet Alice for the first time, or check-in to the Rabbit Hole and tell their friends on Facebook.
Awards and Rewards: Readers can unlock fun and surprising awards that celebrate achievements in their reading life. Awards like 'The Papillion' which is earned by the power social sharers, 'The Twain' earned by those that read daily, and 'The Witching Hour' for readers who read into the wee hours of the night—once an achievement has been earned the reader can than publish and share with friends on Facebook. Award winners can also be rewarded with special offers from Kobo or its partners, just by reading!
Personal Book Cover: As your personal Reading Life evolves Kobo creates and automatically updates your own personal book cover—a mosaic of your reading life that you can easily share with your friends on Facebook.
"This is truly a celebration of reading-not about individual books, but about a person's entire reading life," said Mike Serbinis, Kobo CEO. "This goes far beyond sharing titles, but sharing experiences in a fun and social way."
Today, Kobo has customers in over 200 countries & territories worldwide. The Kobo store offers a selection of over 2.2 million eBooks, with titles ranging from the NYT bestseller list, the hottest new releases, thrillers, romance and more. Plus, Kobo also offers access to the most popular newspapers and magazines. Since its launch in 2009, Kobo has been dedicated to an open cloud-based platform, enabling users to read on any device, and with open standards that give users freedom to build their lifetime libraries as they choose. Kobo users can download free eReading applications at www.kobo.com for most smartphones, netbooks, tablets, desktops and macs. Kobo also supports a wide range of dedicated eReaders like the Sony eReader and Nook, and has partnered with device OEMs like Samsung and RIM. The popular Kobo Wireless eReader, an eReader for everyone, is available in stores around the world such as Walmart, Indigo Books & Music, Borders, Angus & Robertson, Whitcoulls, and Swindon.