Kobo has rolled out a new version of its eBook app for iOS which brings the Reading Life social platform to the iPhone and iPod touch. Kobo introduced Reading Life for the iPad in December, allowing users to share book information and passages over Facebook, unlock “awards” of reading, and track your reading statistics including your reading speed and how much of your eBook library you’ve worked through. Now those features are available for all devices running iOS 3.1 and up.
Kobo 4.2 also now lets you synchronize your awards between the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch if you have multiple devices. There’s also improved performance on the iPhone 3G, and bug fixes and stability improvements.
I have to say, I haven’t actually used the Kobo app for reading eBooks all that much, since I typically use Stanza and Bluefire… but the stats junkie in me kind of wants to start using Kobo more just so I can track my progress. I guess that’s kind of the point, although I’ve found that the GoodReads app for iOS also lets me keep track of books I’ve read and share progress with my friends whether I’m reading eBooks or old fashioned paper and ink books.
Kobo for iOS is available as a free download from the App Store.