November 20, 2013

KOBO SIGNS AGREEMENT WITH GERMANY’S PUBLISHERS OF HOLTZBRINCK PUBLISHING GROUP

Kobo to make eBooks of S. Fischer, Rowohlt, Verlagsgruppe Droemer Knaur and Kiepenheuer&Witsch available across Europe at www.kobo.com

Toronto, November 21, 2013Kobo, a global leader in eReading, today announced it has signed agreements with the German trade publishers of Holtzbrinck Publishing Group to make the publisher’s eBook titles available through its digital reading platform. Through the agreement, the publishers S. Fischer, Rowohlt, Verlagsgruppe Droemer Knaur, and Kiepenheuer&Witsch will make thousands of its bestselling titles available to Kobo’s customers in Germany as well as across Europe.

“We are thrilled to make the Holtzbrinck titles available to Kobo customers,” said Michael Tamblyn, Chief Content Officer, Kobo. “As one of the premier publishers in Germany, we have always wanted to work with Holtzbrinck and knew that making their titles available to our customers was of critical importance to delivering a world-class German catalogue. Now, with authors like Daniel Kehlmann, Sebastian Fitzek, Cecelia Ahern, and Frank Schätzing joining our store, we can truly provide the best possible experience to German readers.”

Kobo, owned by Tokyo-based Rakuten, is one of the world’s leading providers of digital reading solutions including an online catalogue of nearly 4-million titles with 68 languages represented. The addition of Holtzbrinck completes Kobo’s largest EU catalogue of hundred of thousands of German titles from hundreds of publishers. Kobo also continues to attract German authors with its self-publishing platform, Kobo Writing Life.

The company’s award-winning eReading devices, which include E Ink eReaders and Google-certified Android tablets, are available through Media Markt, Saturn, Euronics, Expert, EP Electronic Partner, Medimax, Staples, Rakuten.de, Redcoon.de, Conrad.de, and Buecher.de. Designed for Readers first, Kobo devices have been recognized by organizations such as the red dot: Product Design Award for its innovative tablet design as well as the Computer Bild Testsieger for the Kobo Glo eReader.  With its cloud-based eReading platform and free, top-ranking apps for Android, iOS, BlackBerry and Windows platforms, Kobo devices continue to gain fans in the German market.

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.