In what appears to be a backwards step, Kobo is to phase out support for PDF files from November this year.

To compensate, content currently available in this format will be auto-converted Kobo’s own proprietary KEPUB format (a variation on the industry standard EPUB). That doesn’t mean everyone will find their titles easily available – or that there might not be formatting issues. If spotted Kobo will contact content owners – but anyone offered a PDF file is advised to check after November 1 and make changes if needed.

Most PDF titles available through the platform tend to be free titles, submitted through its ‘indie author’ scheme Kobo Writing Life.