The Kobo thread on Kindleboards has had so many complaints about problems that I decided to wait until maybe the major problems were worked out. So I put a toe in the water a few days ago and got stung. The two most frequently mentioned problems still exist. First, the process of inputting your info and uploading is very, very simple. It went like a charm. But it took two days before the book was actually published. To be fair, the guide warns that it can take up to 72 hours for publication, but unless someone is personally vetting every single book, I don’t see why such a delay is necessary. Smashwords publishes immediately. Amazon usually publishes within a hour or so.
Then I looked at my sample and found that the formatting had been screwed up, the second common problem mentioned on the board. Everything I had centered had been moved to the left margin. Paragraphs had lost their indents and had been changed to block format. I know that fixes were discussed, but I’ll have to go back to the discussion to see what they were. I uploaded the book as an epub, so, even though Kobo accepts epubs, that may have been the problem. I’ll try a .doc file next time — one of these days.
One thing that’s built into the system and can handicap publishers — you can’t add any tags. Complaints about searching are another big topic, and the lack of tags is just one more way to make sure searches are going to be frustrating.
I imagine I’ll eventually get all my books up on Kobo, but I won’t be holding my breath for sales.