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Monday, 29 March 2021

Windows 10 e-reading options (continued)

I previously posted on Windows 10 e-reading options. This post will continue the topic by looking at the Windows 10 Kindle and Kobo apps. Both these apps further demonstrate the drawbacks of Windows 10 as a digital reading platform:

Kindle app

Amazon previously supported a Kindle app in the Windows 10 Store that was later withdrawn. Yet, Amazon has apps for Amazon Music, Prime Video and Alexa in the Window Store. I believe this lack of support is part of Amazon's broader strategy to focus on smart devices and digital streaming content. 

At the moment, there are two ways to access Kindle e-books on a PC: (1) As a desktop app; (2) Kindle cloud reader. The Kindle for PC is a desktop app that is restricted in features compared to the Android app. Unlike the Android version, there is no way to access collections and personal documents (it is possible to create collections in the desktop app, but previously created ones will not sync). Syncing only works for Amazon books, and even purchased books do not appear in existing collections.

The cloud reader is a web-based version of Kindle (the website to access the reader: read.amazon.co.uk). Similar to the desktop app, there is no access to collections or personal documents.  

Kobo app

The Kobo app is downloadable from the Microsoft Store. The app is limited - the supported features that exist are restricted to themes, text alignment, font size, font type and page layout. Strangely, there is no option to highlight text or make annotations. Furthermore, I couldn't find a way to load borrowed OverDrive ebooks.   

As mentioned in the previous post on using Windows 10 as a reading platform, Android and iOS offer more options. The choice between iOS or Android is dependent on previous app purchases and long-term use of either platform. Another issue to consider is the absence of Moon Reader+ - the best e-book reading app - from the iOS app store. 

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