December 10, 2013

KOBO EXPANDS IN FRANCE WITH THE ADDITION OF TOP RETAILERS PIXMANIA, CORA, CASINO, AUCHAN, AND BOULANGER

Kobo’s award-winning line up of E Ink eReaders arrive for the holiday season

Toronto, Canada, December 11, 2013 - Kobo, a global leader in eReading, today announced it has expanded its distribution channel in France with the addition of top France retailers Pixmania, Cora, Casino, Auchan, and Boulanger. Kobo’s award-winning E Ink eReaders will be available in time for the holiday season at hundreds of stores across France for the most passionate Readers.

With a catalogue of nearly 4 million titles – including bestselling eBooks, newspapers and magazines – world-class eReaders, and top-ranking reading apps, Kobo offers the best options to keep everyone in the family reading this holiday season. With Reading Life, Kobo’s unique user experience, Readers are offered new, engaging ways to discover content, and can customize their reading experience based on personal preference.

"The appetite for digital reading is gaining momentum in France,” said Jean-Marc Dupuis, Managing Director of EMEA, Kobo. "Expanding on our partnership with FNAC France, we’re excited these new retailers will make Kobo available to people passionate about reading”.

KOBO TOUCH – THE MOST NATURAL READING EXPERIENCE
The award-winning Kobo Touch eReader is equipped with an anti-glare 6” Pearl E Ink touchscreen that offers the closest experience to reading print on paper and is easy on the eyes – even in bright sunlight. The thin and lightweight Kobo Touch is highly portable and offers many ways to personalize the reading experience, get book recommendations, and discover new content.  Available in black, blue and lilac, the Kobo Touch has a battery life of up to one month and has 2 GB of internal memory for the storage of up to 1,000 books, with the option to expand to 32 GB with a microSD card. The Kobo Touch will be available for €79.99.

KOBO GLO – READ COMFORTABLY, DAY OR NIGHT
The front-lit Kobo Glo eReader offers the most even and adjustable ComfortLight technology to enable people to read anytime – day or night. Its durable screen and customizable fonts and page-turning features make it the perfect eReader for the most passionate booklovers. The Kobo Glo uses E Ink technology, and its no-glare XGA high-resolution 6” E Ink screen provides an experience that is just like reading print on paper. The device easily connects to Wi Fi allowing consumers to explore and discover recommendations in the Kobo eBookstore. Available in Black or White with a selection of stylish back colors – Pink Sunset, Blue Moon, Silver Star – the Kobo Glo has a battery life of up to one month and has 2 GB of internal memory for the storage of up to 1,000 books, with the option to expand to 32 GB with a microSD card. The Kobo Glo will be available for €129.99.

KOBO AURA – READ IN STYLE AND ELEGANCE, DAY OR NIGHT
Touted by popular technology news site Engadget as “the best flagship eReader on the market” – the new 6” Kobo Aura eReader is a front-lit E Ink eReader that features the first high-resolution, edge-to-edge display available in an E Ink eReader. Kobo’s ComfortLight technology offers the most evenly lit display that is adjustable to suit any preference for the best reading experience – day or night. Available in black and pink, the sophisticated design of the eReader delivers the closest experience to print-on-paper with a 212 dpi and Pearl E Ink screen. With pinch-and-zoom capabilities for FLePubs/PDFs, Kobo Aura creates a smooth experience with a low-flash waveform screen to virtually eliminate page refresh and ghosting. With 4GB of storage (up to 3,000 books), expandable up to 32GB with a microSD card, Kobo Aura has a battery life of up to more than two months. Kobo Aura will be available for €149.99 MSRP.

KOBO AURA HD – THE EREADER, REIMAGINED
Named “the best eReader” by The Wall Street Journal  and designed for the world’s most passionate booklover, the Kobo Aura HD delivers a superior eReading experience with the highest resolution at 265 dpi and 1440x1080 resolution. The spacious 6.8” front-lit ClarityScreen+ Pearl E Ink touchscreen offers 30 percent more reading surface and the closest experience to print-on-paper – showcasing text and high-resolution images beautifully. ClarityScreen+ also delivers a crisp, clear and glare-free eReading experience. The display has the most durable E Ink eReader screen on the market as proven by an independent test that revealed the screen stood up to drops from 3” up to 2.4 times better than the competition.  Available in Ivory, Espresso and Onyx, the Kobo Aura HD was designed to fit perfectly in the hand, just as a hardcover book does, for a truly ergonomic design and immersive reading experience. The Kobo Aura HD will be available for €169.99.

*Device model availability varies by retailer. Please check with your local retailer for details.

For more information, please visit:

Auchan: http://www.auchan.fr/
Boulanger: http://www.boulanger.fr/
Casino: http://www.casino.fr/
Cora: http://www.cora.fr/
Pixmania.fr: http://www.pixmania.fr/

About Kobo Inc.
Kobo Inc. is one of the world’s fastest-growing eReading services offering nearly 4-million eBooks, magazines and newspapers 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.