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January 25, 2018

Walmart and Rakuten Announce New Strategic Alliance

BENTONVILLE, Ark. and TOKYO, Japan – Jan. 26, 2018 – Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) president and CEO Doug McMillon and Rakuten, Inc. Chairman, president and CEO Hiroshi “Mickey” Mikitani met in Tokyo today to announce a new strategic alliance that...
January 24, 2018

Hear it Here First: Rakuten Kobo Launches Kobo Originals

Toronto, ON – January 24, 2018 – Rakuten Kobo today announced its Kobo Originals program, offering readers exclusive original eBook and audiobook content. Kobo is working closely with industry partners to find great titles to make available in digital...
December 07, 2017

Kobo Book Report: What Canadians read in 2017

TORONTO, Dec. 7th – With the last chapter of 2017 soon coming to a close, the annual Kobo Book Report once again reveals insightful eReading trends from the past year. Rakuten Kobo strives to help you fit reading into more parts of your day, including...
June 28, 2017

Third Annual Kobo Emerging Writer Prize Winners Announced

Rakuten Kobo today announced the best debut Canadian authors who have been selected as this year’s Emerging Writer Prize recipients. A winner in each of the Literary Fiction, Speculative Fiction, and Non-Fiction categories receives a $10,000 CAD cash...
May 01, 2017

Third Annual Kobo Emerging Writer Prize Shortlist Announced

Toronto, ON – May 1st 2017 – Rakuten Kobo, in search for the best new books written by debut Canadian authors, today announced the shortlist for its third annual Emerging Writer Prize. The award was created with the goal of kick-starting the careers of...