I’m not doing a review, so if you want one, see: Review: Kobo Desktop Reader
This was my first encounter with it. And I couldn’t figure out where it was storing the books. I looked everywhere. There is no local folder to store the books — even the “free” ones it comes bundled with.
And the quotes around free are the tip-off.
It’s not storing the books locally because it’s not giving you the books.
The books are all in the Cloud. They are streaming to the desktop app.
This accounts for the delays I’m seeing in using it. It also accounts for the lack of a local folder. It also accounts for the lack of a menu option to add DRM-free books already on my hard drive.
However, I haven’t bought any book from Kobo, so I wonder if this behavior changes when something is purchased? I can’t see them syncing a file from the Cloud to a Kobo device or other eBook reader. It has to create a local folder then.
If someone is out there using this app and has purchased a book from Kobo, let me know if a local storage folder is created — and where.
Link for the Kobo Desktop app.
Update: The behavior of the desktop Kobo app is identical to what it is doing with the free eBooks bundled on the Kobo Reader device itself. They are stored in an SQLite database file!
I confirmed they are not streaming from the Cloud by breaking my Internet connection and seeing if I could still read the bundled free books as well as a freebie I downloaded. I could!
This really makes me scratch my head. If the Kobo desktop app can sync with a Sony Reader, for example, it should create a local folder then in order to store the ePub file. And if it does, then I should be able to drop my DRM-free ePubs I’ve collected into that folder to view them with the desktop Kobo app. Right now, I’m not willing to spend $ on an ePub at Kobo to test this hypothesis. So, I’m still waiting for someone out there who is already a Kobo customer to inform me.