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Kobo launches Windows 8 app, Windows Phone version on the way

Kobo books are now available to Windows 8 users after the eReading specialist teamed up with Microsoft to release an app for the entire range of devices under the OS’s umbrella.

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The app, which is out now, can be accessed on Windows 8 notebooks, tablets and desktops with users able to pin popular titles to the home screen for the first time using tiles.

“Microsoft is committed to providing our consumers with an outstanding experience across all of our Windows devices, whether it is for work or for play,” said Henrik Gutle, Director of Windows and Surface Business Group, Microsoft Canada “With a growing offering of apps, such as the new Kobo for Windows eReading app, we are giving consumers new ways to use their device to do whatever it is they love. This app is a great addition to the Windows marketplace.”

Over four million titles in the Kobo library can now be read across Windows 8 devices and it brings all the familiar features that Kobo users have become used to. In addition, bookmarks will be synced across all Kobo apps and devices, and users will also be able to customise the font size and style.

The app includes “night mode” that uses softer light to make it easier to read at night and the screen can be locked in either portrait or landscape to make sure they never lose their place.

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Kobo’s eReading app for Windows 8 is out now and the two announced that a Windows Phone version of the app would be out in spring that offers the same functionality as the Windows 8 version.