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Kobo’s spring 2024 update on new features and fixes

By Kobo • May 03, 2024Kobo Products and Features

We've got a lot to show for the first 4 months of 2024, with three new eReaders and a slew of enhancements the Kobo.com store and Kobo Books iOS app

As always, if you're looking for a fix to a problem you're having right now, get troubleshooting help here


Not one, not two, but a trio of Kobo eReaders


Introducing Kobo Libra Colour, Kobo Clara Colour, and Kobo Clara BW

We recently launched 3 new eReaders, and we could not be more excited.

In our mission to make reading lives better, we love nothing more than being able to launch something new that makes eReaders more useful and enjoyable for readers. That’s how we see colour—the next big leap in digital reading.

Colour Screens

Both Kobo Clara Colour and Kobo Libra Colour use E Ink Kaleido™ 3 screens. Visually, it’s the same glare-free, papery E Ink texture that we love about eReaders, but with a colour filter layer on top. Make no mistake—these new devices are eReaders through and through. Read on them in full daylight, hold them for hours one-handed, take them to the bath (they’re all rated IPX-8 water resistance), read whole books between charges—but now with full-colour on display. You can even highlight in 4 colours, with just your finger, or using the Kobo Stylus 2.

For more on the new colour screens, and how E Ink works in general, check out this post where we explain the major differences between eReaders and tablets: eReaders vs. tablets: which is best for reading? | Kobo Books Blog

And if you're already an eReader convert but you need a hand sorting through Kobo's current lineup, we can help with that too: What's the best eReader to buy in 2024? | Kobo Books Blog

Kobo Libra Colour is the full-colour eReader for serious readers

Kobo Libra Colour

7" E Ink Kaleido™ 3 display with FastGLR and Dark Mode, and 1264x1680 resolution. Plus 32GB built-in storage, and a 2050 mAh battery.

Kobo Clara Colour packs a lot of the latest eReader features (including IPX8-rated water resistance) into a compact package

Kobo Clara Colour

6" E Ink Kaleido™ 3 display with FastGLR and Dark Mode, and 1448 x 1072 resolution. Plus 16GB built-in storage, and a 1500 mAh battery.

Kobo Clara BW

6” E Ink Carta 1300 HD touchscreen with 1448 x 1072 resolution and Dark Mode. Plus 16GB built-in storage, and a 1500 mAh battery.

Kobo Clara BW is our vision of the perfect "starter" eReader

Kobo Books apps

Copy and paste text on Kobo Books for iOS

Have you ever been reading and suddenly you just had to drop a quote in the group chat? Now you can copy short selections from your eBooks, up to 600 characters at a time.

Copy and paste from the Kobo Books for iOS app

Split-screen view on iPad

When you need to look something up, or you just don’t want to allow whatever else is demanding your attention to take you away from precious reading time—you can now keep the Kobo Books App for iPad open in split-screen view.

Just tap or hold the three dots at the very top of your screen to try it out.

Split-screen view the Kobo Books app on iPad means never having to close your book

Improved search experience on iOS

And we’ve updated the search interface in the app, with new filters for Title, Author, Series, and also eBook or Audiobook to help you narrow down results to just what you're looking for.

Find and filter—but never again fumble—when searching in Kobo Books on iOS

Kobo.com eBookstore

Purchasing

Some purchases couldn’t be completed due to missing postal & zip codes for users in Canada and the United States on our eReaders. We fixed that. (And we’re optimistic about finding a use for all these stamps and envelopes we’d planned on using to mail eBooks.)

Kobo+ launches

We launched all-you-can-read Kobo+ subscriptions in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Ireland, South Africa, Finland, Norway, Denmark, and Sweden. In case a bookworm you know in any of those places has been hard to reach lately.

"Taste Profile" for Kobo+

We launched an interactive feature on Kobo+ for subscribers to help tune our automated recommendations to pick out eBooks and audiobooks they’ll love from the millions available in Kobo+ catalogue.

Tell us what you like with a few clicks, and we'll dig up the hidden gems of Kobo Plus

Kobo Writing Life

Author Portal

Authors everywhere can now use Kobo Writing Life author portal in Traditional and Simplified Chinese.

Check out Kobo Writing Life, now in traditional and simplified Chinese

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