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Kobo Amps Up Storage on Kobo Arc Tablet Hitting Stores this November

September 18, 2012
TORONTO, Sept. 18, 2012 /CNW/ - Kobo, a global leader in eReading, today announced that the Kobo Arc 7" Android 4.0 tablet will be hitting stores in November with 16GB, 32GB and 64GB options. Taking a new and innovative approach to tablet design, Kobo designed the Kobo Arc to transform the traditional tablet experience from searching within apps to an immersive content platform with its unique interface Tapestries. People now have more choice in how they explore, save and experience the music, movies, eBooks, and webpages they love with the Kobo Arc – and with more storage available the possibilities are endless. "We designed the Kobo Arc to let people focus on the music, eBooks, movies, website and applications they love rather than on the hardware ...

Kobo Expands Global Bookseller Network, Powers Independent Bookstores Across the UK & Ireland

September 18, 2012
Kobo, a leader in eReading with over 10 million registered users worldwide, today announced a partnership with the Booksellers Association of the UK & Ireland to offer its 3000 member stores, 1000 of which are independents, the ability to bring Kobo’s world class eReading platform to their consumers. Kobo continues to build on its strategy of working with booksellers around the world now serving over 14,000 booksellers in 12 countries. This partnership announcement comes on the heels of the successful launch of Kobo’s new family of eReaders and recent partnership with the American Booksellers Association (ABA). Combined with its existing relationship with WH Smith and its network of 1,100 stores and 100 Kobo Shops across the UK, this new partnership ...

An eReader for Everyone - Kobo Breaks Ground for eReading with New Family: Kobo Mini, Kobo Touch, Kobo Glo, and Kobo Arc

September 06, 2012
Kobo, a global leader in eReading, today unveiled its new Kobo Family of eReading devices: the Kobo Glo, Kobo Mini, Kobo Touch and the Kobo Arc – a 7” Android tablet. Designed by booklovers for booklovers, the new Kobo Family starts at $79.99 and provides readers with more choice and more ways to personalize their eReading experience than ever before – including new stylish colors, accessories, lighting and multimedia options. Launched in 2009, with a vision to transform the world of reading, Kobo remains focused on delivering a superior eReading experience. 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. Kobo pioneered the ...

Kobo and Independent Bookstores Join Forces to Expand eReading Across the U.S.

August 29, 2012
Kobo, a leader in eReading with over 10 million registered users worldwide, and the American Booksellers Association (ABA) today announced a new partnership to bring Kobo’s world-class eReading platform to independent bookstores across the United States. By partnering with the nearly 2,000 ABA-member stores, Kobo continues its successful strategy of working with booksellers around the world, and America’s indie booksellers grow their ability to discover and deliver great reads, in any format, to their customers. In partnership with the ABA, Kobo has developed a unique program designed for independent booksellers and their customers. Booksellers will be able to offer a total experience for their customers including a full ...

Self-Published Authors can Earn up to 80 Percent in Royalties Through Kobo Writing Life This Fall

August 23, 2012
Kobo Inc., a global leader in eReading, today announced that authors registered for its Kobo Writing Life self-publishing portal will earn an additional 10 percent on the sale of applicable titles this fall. The 10 percent promotion will be available to registered Kobo Writing Life authors and will be applied to the sale of their eligible titles starting on September 1st at 12:00 a.m. EST and ending on November 30th at 11:59 p.m. EST. Users who are already signed up will automatically have the 10 percent applied to their accounts. Since Kobo Writing Life’s official launch, the portal has seen a 700 percent increase in sales for its self-published titles. Within the first month, authors from 73 countries have published titles across ten languages, in

Kobo and Mondadori Join Forces to Bring World Class eReading Experience to Italy

July 10, 2012
Kobo Inc., a global leader in eReading, and the Mondadori Group, Italy’s leading retailer, and publisher of books and magazines, today announced a partnership to bring the Kobo eReading platform and its award-winning eReaders to the Italian consumer. Under the agreement, Mondadori will bring Kobo eReaders to market in the fall and will provide a complete eReading experience. Mondadori produces Italy’s largest network of editorial products in the country and owns one of the biggest Italian online media stores, with a catalogue of over nine million products. This network includes books and eBooks from the most important Italian and international publishers, films, music, games, and gift ideas, and provides the ideal platform to bring Kobo’s leading eReadi

Kobo Touch Rockets to #1 Selling Product on Rakuten’s Online Shopping Mall

July 10, 2012
Kobo Inc., a global leader in eReading, and its parent company Rakuten, the world’s third-largest e-commerce company, today announced that the Kobo Touch™ is selling like hot-cakes in Japan. Since the companies began offering the award-winning Kobo Touch for pre-order on July 2, the eReader has been the top selling product among the over 100,000,000 products available on Rakuten’s supermall. “We’re thrilled to see this response from the Japanese people,” said Mike Serbinis, CEO, Kobo. “The powerful partnership we have with Rakuten, along with our competitive entry into the market, has clearly delivered on our promise to bring a great consumer experience to Japan.” The Kobo Touch eReader is currently available for pre-order at http://kobo.rakuten.co.

Kobo Launches in Japan with World Class Full-Service eReading Platform

July 02, 2012
Toronto, ON, July 02, 2012 -- Kobo Inc., a global leader in eReading, today announced that it will launch its full eReading service in Japan on July 19. The company’s award-winning Kobo Touch™ eReader will be offered to Japanese consumers for ¥7,980 including tax (or $100 USD). Starting today July 2, the Kobo Touch eReader is now available for pre-order through Kobo’s parent company and the world’s third-largest e-commerce company, Rakuten. On July 19, Kobo will launch with a fully localized Japanese experience at http://kobo.rakuten.co.jp, with local currency, and popular Japanese content and authors. Since its inception in December 2009, Kobo has experienced explosive growth and now boasts a catalogue of more than 2.5-million books (2.4 million ...

Kobo Announces Support for Google Play on Kobo Vox eReader

June 14, 2012
TORONTO, June 14, 2012 – Kobo Inc., a global leader in eReading, today announced that Kobo Vox™ eReader customers now have access to more than 500,000 apps as part of its support for Google Play™. Consumers can now take advantage of more music, movies, Android™ apps, and games than ever before with the Google Play store app preloaded on the Kobo Vox. “Google Play is the perfect addition for the content-rich eReading environment of the Kobo Vox,” said Dan Leibu, Chief Technology Officer, Kobo. “This is another big step in our ability to give people an open and compelling multimedia device that can be customized to suit their needs. Having access to the thousands of games, apps and tools offered by Google Play makes the Kobo Vox an eReader and so much ...

Triple Digit Year-over-Year Growth Strengthens Kobo's Global Leadership

By Sharon Fernandes June 04, 2012
TORONTO, June 4, 2012 - Kobo Inc. a global leader in eReading, today announced triple digit growth, growing eBook downloads by 400 percent, eReader sales by 160 percent, and eReaders by 280 percent year-over-year, cementing its competitive position for an aggressive year of expansion. Kobo's success during its short history demonstrates its winning partnership "playbook" for booksellers and retailers as the eReading industry gains momentum around the world. "We're thrilled to introduce Kobo's open eReading platform and the Kobo 'Read Freely' philosophy to new countries around the world," says Michael Serbinis, CEO of Kobo. "It's become increasingly clear that the world of eReading is the way of the future and as technology continues to break down ...