KooBits


Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
2.1
out of 28 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
4.0.1.9
File Size:
13.47MB
Date Added:
November 07, 2011
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Windows XP/Vista/7
Total Downloads:
85,710
Downloads Last Week:
210
Product ranking:
#9 in eBooks
Additional Requirements:
Adobe AIR

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 Versions:

    2.1

    out of 28 votes

    • 5 star: 4
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 3
    • 2 star: 5
    • 1 star: 15
  • Current Version:

    1.5

    out of 20 votes

    • 5 star: 1
    • 4 star: 0
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 3
    • 1 star: 15
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    Results 1-10 of 21

  • 1 stars

    "I SHOULD HAVE READ THE REVIEWS FIRST"

    September 02, 2014   |   By bonafide49

    Version: KooBits 4.0.1.9

    Pros

    Sort of works.

    Cons

    IT INSTALLS MALWARE !! Since I installed this I constantly get a popup that says it is Windows Version Installer. Microsoft (and a 1000 others) say it is malware. Microsoft also make a tool to scan your PC for such crap and remove it. Go to http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_8-performance/i-constantly-get-this-pop-up-of-a-windows-version/1ef14413-922b-4a7a-a0c4-bb9bfde336f5 to get the removal scanner.

    Page bookmarking is worthless. Custom settings will not adjust. No mouse scrolling ability.

    Summary

    AVOID this program at all costs. It's not worth the headaches it causes.

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  • 1 stars

    "Not an ePub reader"

    July 16, 2014   |   By BikerBob61

    Version: KooBits 4.0.1.9

    Pros

    No maleware

    Cons

    It won't open up any epub books

    Summary

    a waste of time. I don't know how much the editor was paid to review but I would give it zero stars if I could.

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  • 0 stars

    "Did not get Malware referred to in other reviews"

    July 08, 2014   |   By markconroy

    Version: KooBits 4.0.1.9

    Pros

    Did not get Malware referred to in other reviews

    Cons

    Useless, could not open epub files, could not connect to Dropbox. Actually didn't do anything I tried, before I gave up and removed it.

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  • 1 stars

    "One of the worst programs i bumped into.."

    June 28, 2014   |   By dslopez

    Version: KooBits 4.0.1.9

    Pros

    At least in my machine does not work, so none pros

    Cons

    It was made since 3 long years ago and the developer still sleeping, it seems that it replaces the sony read which i uninstalled because they dont retire the link to the broken sony book store.

    Summary

    Such class of crap must be retired.

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  • 1 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 stars

    "Malware is no fun"

    February 07, 2014   |   By caniplaywith_madness

    Version: KooBits 4.0.1.9

    Pros

    Free Malware

    Cons

    Malware sucks

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  • 1 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 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 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 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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