Kobo releases Windows 8 Metro eReader app

Back in December, Kobo announced that it would release a version of its eReader app for Windows 8. This week, that promise was fulfilled as Kobo became one of a select few companies to release a Metro-style app, via the Windows Store, for the launch of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview build from Microsoft.

Kobo says the app was programmed using HTML and Java Script. The app lets its users check out Kobo's online store of over 2.5 million eBooks, including over 1 million free eBooks. The Windows 8 Metro app has a library view to let the user quickly search through all of their eBooks. It also has cloud storage features that let users access their Kobo eBook library no matter where they might be.

Kobo already sells a number of hardware eReaders, much like Amazon's Kindle and Barnes and Noble's Nook devices, including a recently launched Android-powered tablet device called the Kobo Vox that sells for $199.99. It also offers free eReader apps for iOS, Android and Blackberry operating systems.

The Kobo Windows 8 Metro app joins a number of other apps available for users of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview version, including a Photobucket app, apps from Microsoft's Bing division, and the winners of the company's First Apps contest.

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