Kobo has launched Reading Life on the iPad, a new app which the company has labelled the “first social e-reading experience.”
The idea is users will be able to share books or highlighted passages they like, and they can also “check-in” with characters or locations. So for example, when reading Alice in Wonderland, you can check-in to the rabbit hole and inform friends on Facebook that this is where you’re at.
Reading Life will also provide a system of achievements, a bit like the book equivalent of Xbox gamer awards. For example, those who read daily will unlock “The Twain”, and folks who read late into the night will win “The Witching Hour” achievement. Again, these awards can be shared on Facebook.
Kobo Reading Life will also track statistics such as the number of books you’ve read, how fast you read, and indeed the app will keep a timeline of your entire reading life on Kobo.
Mike Serbinis, CEO of Kobo, commented: “People who are making the switch to e-reading and building their lifetime libraries want an innovative social experience to go with it. E-reading is going social, local and real-time with Kobo Reading Life, allowing us to create a fun, engaging and meaningful experience for our users.”
The Kobo store offers over 2 million e-books, apparently counting popular best-sellers amongst its library, along with popular newspapers and magazines.