E-book retailer Kobo has released free Kobo e-book reading software for smartphones using the Android operating system. Kobo offers e-reading software for a wide variety of smartphones and dedicated e-readers including iPad, iPhone, Blackberry, Palm WebOS and the newly released Kobo reading device.

The Kobo/Android e-reader is available for free download through the Android marketplace. E-books purchased through Kobo can be read and synchronized across all of a user's devices and books previously purchased by Kobo consumers can down be downloaded to their Android device.

Noting the fast-growing popularity of the Android OS, Kobo CEO Michael Serbinis said, “We've adapted the features our customers love and expect from Kobo to ensure that we provide the best reading experience for Android-enabled smartphones.”