April 03, 2014

KOBO APPOINTS MICHAEL TAMBLYN AS PRESIDENT AND CHIEF CONTENT OFFICER

Tamblyn to continue driving growth and delivering the best international eReading experience

Toronto, April 3, 2014 – Kobo, a global leader in eReading, today announced Michael Tamblyn has been appointed President and Chief Content Officer (formerly Chief Content Officer). In the expanded role, Tamblyn will continue building Kobo’s world-class content experience, with responsibilities for sales, publisher and industry relations, content acquisition, and the merchandising experience across Kobo's E Ink eReaders, Android tablets, and reading apps for most popular platforms. As President, he will work closely with CEO Taka Aiki to continue expanding on the company’s eReading service around the world, while driving the company’s success through sustainable and long-term profitable growth.

“We are entering an exciting time as we continue to evolve Kobo to capture new opportunities in each of the territories in which we operate,” said Michael Tamblyn, President and Chief Content Officer, Kobo. “We will continue to focus on increasing profitability, growing our market share, succeeding with our incredible partners, and, above all, ensuring we deliver the very best eReading experience to the most passionate readers around the world.”

“As one of my closest advisors, Michael has tremendous insight into the organization and continues to inspire the organization with his creativity and innovative ideas,” said Taka Aiki, CEO, Kobo. “He is the perfect partner to help grow the company, while continuing to put the customer first in all the decisions we make.”

Michael Tamblyn is a member of Kobo’s founding executive team, joining its predecessor Shortcovers in June 2009. Since then, he has led the expansion of Kobo’s publisher relationships, content catalogue, and merchandising operations around the world. A frequent and popular speaker at publishing and digital events, Tamblyn has presented on topics ranging from eBook market trends to the challenges found at the intersection of self-publishing, freedom of expression, and censorship. Prior to joining Kobo, Tamblyn was the founding CEO of the supply chain agency BookNet Canada, where he launched the national sales reporting service BNC SalesData. Tamblyn also co-founded Canada's first online bookstore Bookshelf.ca, purchased by Indigo Books & Music in 1998, where he also served as Vice President of Online Operations.

About Kobo Inc.
Kobo Inc. is one of the world’s fastest-growing eReading services offering more than 4-million eBooks and magazines to millions of customers in 190 countries.  Believing that consumers should have the freedom to read any book on any device, Kobo provides consumers with a choice when reading. Kobo offers an eReader for everyone with a wide variety of E Ink eReaders and Google-Certified Android tablets to suit any Reader’s style including the award-winning Kobo Touch™, Kobo Mini, Kobo Glo, Kobo Aura, Kobo Aura HD, Kobo Arc, Kobo Arc 7, Kobo Arc 7HD, and Kobo Arc 10HD. Along with the company’s free top-ranking eReading apps for Apple®, BlackBerry®, Android®, and Windows®, Kobo ensures the next great read is just a page-turn away. Headquartered in Toronto and owned by Tokyo-based Rakuten, Kobo eReaders can be found in major retail chains around the world. For more information, visit www.kobo.com.