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KooBits

CNET Editors' review

KooBits 4.0 bills itself as "the place to shelve my e-books." This free e-book reader for Windows can store and display electronic book in the most common formats, such as PDF and EPUB, but it offers greater interactivity and enriched multimedia content such as games and video with the proprietary KBJ format. It even offers free books.

Koobits opens with a user interface spread out like the open pages of a book. We clicked the welcome screen, which took us to the My Library page. An animated tool tip quickly demonstrated how to create and add new Categories and folders to hold the books we'd shelve there. The main window resembles library shelves with books displaying their full covers, while a left-hand panel gave us access to Free Books, Paid Books, Local Books, and our own Categories as we added them. KooBits displayed a wide range of titles to download. The program remembers your selections and recommends books you might enjoy based on your past choices. The program opens with Free Books displayed, although the initial titles are skewed toward educational and children's literature. However, we were able to download "Irish Fairy Tales" by the great Irish writer James Stephens. The 6.8MB download took mere seconds; when it finished, we simply had to click the cover to open it in the reader. The typeface, page style, and highlighting did a splendid job of reproducing the look of a real book, and the page turning and other actions worked as well as other readers we've tried, and better than most on a desktop PC. A toolbar gave us access to a highlighter, bookmarks, pointer, image cropping tool, and other useful features. We could click open a side panel displaying pages menu-style for quick access.

KooBits will analyze your reading habits and place free books in your Drop Box. As an e-book reader, we found nothing to fault and much to like about KooBits, and we like its easy shelf-based storage. It shows how far e-book readers have come in a short time.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    2.2 stars

    out of 25 votes

    • 5 star: 4
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 3
    • 2 star: 5
    • 1 star: 12
  • Current version:

    1.5 stars

    out of 17 votes

    • 5 star: 1
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 3
    • 1 star: 12
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  • 1.0 stars

    "does not work"

    April 22, 2014  |   By arysta01

    Version: KooBits 4.0.1.9

    Pros

    No malware. Perhaps they changed it, but nothing beyond the program and Adobe Air were installed.

    Cons

    While the program technically opened my .epub files, I couldn't turn the page on them. Worthless.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Malware is no fun"

    February 7, 2014  |   By caniplaywith_madness

    Version: KooBits 4.0.1.9

    Pros

    Free Malware

    Cons

    Malware sucks

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Don't Waste Your Time"

    January 18, 2014  |   By pd0420

    Version: KooBits 4.0.1.9

    Pros

    We have the free will to choose to not download it.

    Cons

    Locked up when I tried to click the link for a chapter. Decided it was useless.
    Installation tries, as do many free and some commercial products, to install various unwanted programs. You might click "No" for an option and what you will be saying is, "No, I don't want to keep the settings they were previously." I caught and avoided some tricks but changes were made to my home page and search engine. (It installed Conduit). No doubt I will find a few things later.

    Summary

    If you feel the need to be annoyed, give it a download.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "HORRIBLE! Avoid at all costs"

    December 24, 2013  |   By ADudeOnCNet

    Version: KooBits 4.0.1.9

    Pros

    It opened an .epub file

    Cons

    Not only is he KooBits program rather annoying itself but, this download also put a multitude of different malware programs on your computer as well.

    Summary

    Do NOT download this under any circumstances. You will absolutely regret it.
    Generally, the CNet editors are very good with their recommendations or programs. I do not know what happened here.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "AVOID! Malware!"

    October 11, 2013  |   By WorldFusionRadio_com

    Version: KooBits 4.0.1.9

    Pros

    Absolutely none.

    Cons

    MALWARE! Does not read most .epub files.

    Summary

    I came to Cnet believing I could trust they would not let malware on their site much less recommend it. Not only does this KooBits app not read the majority of .epub files, it surreptitiously installs several apps that try to take over your browsers and Windows Explorer to reroute all searches to their site. I have spent too much tome trying to undo all the crap they installed.

    Cnet should ban this app immediately!

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Adds Malware!!!"

    August 22, 2013  |   By cherrysunshine

    Version: KooBits 4.0.1.9

    Pros

    Seems nice, nice overview.

    Cons

    Slow. ADDS MALWARE!!!

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  • 3.0 stars

    "There's much better"

    August 13, 2013  |   By crevindioux

    Version: KooBits 4.0.1.9

    Pros

    Glossy interface
    Well, that's all
    I could avoid bloatware thanks to the warnings of other CNET reviewers - thanks to them!

    Cons

    Navigating through the pdf document is difficult
    Mouse wheel cannot navigate
    Keyboard shortcuts are to be developped much further
    When I click on a pdf file - open with Koobits, it doesn't work. It seems to me as if aI had to open it from Koobits and not from the windows explorer.

    Summary

    To read pdf books, there is Kindle Reader.

    (This being saied, I tried it only a few minutes - it didn't seem to me worth more of my time)

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Total waste of effort"

    May 23, 2013  |   By SWdeveloper777

    Version: KooBits 4.0.1.9

    Pros

    There are none.

    Cons

    Adds malware to youir computer.

    Summary

    Would NOT recommend any download this unless you are seeking to add new malware to your computer.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Loads a TON of adware and changes I.E. home page."

    April 9, 2013  |   By maxdb

    Version: KooBits 4.0.1.9

    Pros

    Opened 1 out of 3 downloaded epub files

    Cons

    So much adware was installed I barely recognized Internet Explorer after installing KooBits. It changed the home page to a bing search page. Some of the Adware could not be disabled in Internet Explorer (Disable was grey-ed out). Manually deleted all of it, but what a pain and why should we have to put up with that crap?

    Summary

    Uninstalled right after it failed to read 2 of 3 epub files and bombed my computer with a ton of adware that was installed without any dialog boxes to stop it from being installed (in the installer program).

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Dispite of what it claims, it cannot read my epubs."

    March 15, 2013  |   By Aiven84

    Version: KooBits 4.0.1.9

    Pros

    Can read pdfs.

    Cons

    Did not work on my epubs.
    Tries to sell you stuff.
    Inconvenient interface.

    Summary

    No point for me in getting this.

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