Last month, we noted that the Kobo application for the iPad had major rendering problems. New evidence suggests that’s an ongoing issue across several platforms.
At e-books blog ebookish, Charlotte Harper reports similar problems when reading a Bill Bryson title on the Kobo iPhone application. Publisher Random House attributes the problem to a formatting quirk:
It appears that the issue, in this instance, is specific to the Kobo iPhone App: it seems that the Kobo App doesn’t support footnote links which is why this problem is occurring.
Teething problems with individual titles are to be expected, but these experiences suggest that publishers need to pay more attention to checking the rendering of titles on multiple platforms. That, of course, reduces one of the advantages of electronic publishing -- the ability to deliver to multiple devices without needing to specifically reformat -- but experience to date suggests it might be a necessary expense.
Has the Kobo app worked out well for you? Share your experiences in the comments.
Bryson ebook issues app-specific [ebookish]