October 04, 2012

New Kobo Glo and Kobo Mini eReaders Now Available at WHSmith

Great eReader options starting at £59.99 In-Store and Online

TORONTO – October 4, 2012 – Kobo, a global leader in eReading, today announced that the new Kobo Mini™ and Kobo Glo™ eReaders are now on shelves at leading retailer WHSmith. UK customers can be among the first to curl up and read their favourite book on their new Kobo eReader this weekend. In addition to the £79.99 (MSRP) Kobo Touch™ eReader, rated #1 Editor’s Pick by Wired Magazine, the Kobo Glo is £99.99 (MSRP) and the Kobo Mini is a steal at £59.99 (MSRP). Designed by booklovers for booklovers, these two new E Ink eReaders – available in a selection of new stylish colours – provide people with easy-to-use devices that let them focus on reading. With the choice of great accessories, more ways to fine-tune fonts, and now with the option of integrated lighting, the customization possibilities are endless.
 

“We’re excited to be offering customers the Kobo Mini and Kobo Glo eReaders at WHSmith, where they’ll be able to try out the devices in person, as well as learn more about the benefits of eReading,” said Michael Serbinis, CEO, Kobo. “We’re proud of our world-class eReading platform, and are thrilled to be adding these great new products to the Kobo Family.”


KOBO GLO – READ COMFORTABLY DAY OR NIGHT

The new front-lit, Kobo Glo is the next generation in comfortable eReading. It offers innovative soft, even and adjustable ComfortLight technology to enable consumers to read anytime – day or night. Its durable screen and customizable page-turning features make it the perfect eReader for the booklover. The Kobo Glo uses E Ink technology, customizable fonts and a no-glare XGA high-resolution 6” E Ink screen that is just like reading print on paper. It connects easily to WiFi, allowing consumers to explore and discover recommendations in the Kobo eBookstore and is available in Black or White with a selection of other stylish back colours – Pink Sunset, Blue Moon and Silver Star.


KOBO MINI – SMALL IS A BIG DEAL

The Kobo Mini is the world’s smallest and lightest full-featured E Ink eReader available today, offering the full Kobo experience at a great value. Proving that great things come in small sizes, the 5” Kobo Mini easily fits in your purse or pocket and is loaded with all of the amazing features Kobo customers have come to know and love. Just like reading print on paper, the no-glare 5” E Ink screen is easy on the eyes – even in bright sunlight. The Kobo Mini comes in black or white and offers a selection of three stylish Kobo SnapBacks in Teal, Ruby Red and Purple.  Perfect for people on-the-go, young adults, and easy for first-time readers to hold and read, the highly portable Kobo Mini holds up to 1,000 eBooks. 


Kobo launched in 2009 with a vision to transform the world of reading, and remains focused on bringing eReading to everyone everywhere around the world. Today, Kobo has more than 10-million users in 190 countries, and offers one of the world’s largest eBookstores with nearly 3-million books across 60 different languages. The company’s goal is to enable people to read anytime, anyplace on virtually any device, with free eReading apps designed for most tablets, PCs, and smartphones.


Availability starting today:
WHSmith - www.whsmith.co.uk

The Kobo Arc, Kobo’s innovative 7” Android tablet, will be available at WHSmith from November.

For more information on the Kobo Family of devices, visit www.kobo.com.

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About Kobo Inc.

Kobo Inc. is one of the world’s fastest-growing eReading services offering nearly 3-million eBooks, magazines and newspapers.  Believing that consumers should have the freedom to read any book on any device, Kobo has built an open-standards platform to provide consumers with a choice when reading. Inspired by a “Read Freely” philosophy and a passion for innovation, Kobo has expanded to nearly 190 countries, where millions of consumers have access to localized eBook catalogues and award-winning eReaders, like the Kobo Touch. With top-ranked eReading applications for Apple, BlackBerry, Android, and Windows products, Kobo allows consumers to make eReading social through Facebook Timeline and Reading Life, an industry-first social experience that lets users earn awards for time spent reading and encourage others to join in. Headquartered in Toronto and owned by Tokyo-based Rakuten, Kobo eReaders can be found in major retail chains across the globe.

For more information, visit www.kobo.com.