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Give Mom Time to Herself with Kobo Mother’s Day Promotions

May 07, 2012
TORONTO, ON, May 7, 2012 – Kobo Inc., a global leader in eReading, today announced its Mother’s Day promotions. With Kobo eReaders now offered at newly-reduced prices, it’s never been easier to give Mom the perfect gift. With deals on the award-winning Kobo Touch priced at $99.99, and the Parent Tested, Parent Approved™ Kobo Vox priced at $179.99, there’s a device to suit any Mother’s reading style. The Kobo Touch, Wired Magazine’s 2012 Editor’s Pick for Best eReader, offers a best-in-class reading experience that is as close to the paper version of a book as you can get. Adding to the experience is Kobo’s signature quilted soft-touch back and smooth page-turning features. Everyone needs time to themselves, and mom is no exception. She can choose from a ...

Kobo Strengthens International Leadership Position With Premier UK Retail Giant WHSmith

By Sharon Fernandes April 19, 2012
LONDON, UK (PRWEB) April 19, 2012 – Kobo Inc., a global leader in eReading, today announced plans to open new Kobo branded shops within 100 WHSmith High Street retail locations in 2012. This decision follows the successful trial of the ‘Kobo Centre’ in some of WHSmith’s larger stores. Across the United Kingdom, WHSmith stores will provide consumers with a signature Kobo experience that features the full range of Kobo eReading devices, including the award- winning Kobo Touch™ eReader and the family friendly Kobo Vox™ eReading tablet. Starting today, the Kobo Vox eReading tablet is available for £149.99. The Kobo Touch eReader is currently available for the special low price of £79.99 and the Kobo Wireless is £59.99 at leading WHSmith stores and online at ...

Kobo to Make McClatchy Newspapers Available to Readers in United States

By Sharon Fernandes April 13, 2012
Toronto, ON (PRWEB) April 13, 2012 – Kobo Inc., a global leader in eReading, today announced its partnership with the McClatchy Company that brings all of the company’s daily newspapers to the Kobo store. Available today, Kobo customers can enjoy a two-week free trial to any of the company’s 30 daily newspapers including the prestigious Miami Herald and its Spanish counterpart El Nuevo Herald. The McClatchy Company is the third-largest newspaper company in the United States, bringing daily and weekly newspapers from across 15 states to Kobo customers. McClatchy offers local favorites including The Sacramento Bee, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, The Kansas City Star, The Charlotte Observer and The News & Observer. As an associate member of the Newspaper ...

Parent tested, parent approved: Kobo Vox eReader praised for its dynamic, on-the-go functionality

By Sharon Fernandes March 15, 2012
TORONTO, March 15, 2012 /CNW/ - Kobo Inc., a global leader in eReading, is proud to announce that its Kobo Vox eReader has been given the Parent Tested Parent Approved (PTPA) seal of approval, signalling that the device is a hit with busy parents both at home and on-the-go. With a seven-inch, FFS+ multimedia touchscreen, the Kobo Vox is perfect for families who multitask. Not only can people enjoy a best-in-class reading experience with access to latest eBook titles in vivid color, but the Kobo Vox expands the experience by letting users send email, browse their favourite websites, listen to music or watch videos, and much more. "Kobo is thrilled to be recognized by PTPA, especially since the honour is coming from the people that matter most to us - ...

Kobo Turns a New Page Adds Best-selling Titles from Dark Horse Comics

March 05, 2012
Comic lovers around the world, get ready to turn a new page. Kobo Inc. today announced an exciting new partnership that will see Dark Horse Comics’ best-selling titles immediately available on the Kobo Vox eReader. Dark Horse is one of the world’s leading and most innovative comic companies, bringing readers titles such as Mass Effect, Star Wars, Serenity, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Hellboy and Sin City. “All of us at Kobo are thrilled to be adding Dark Horse’s amazing titles to our library,” says Michael Tamblyn, EVP Content, Sales & Merchandising. “Based on strong visual storytelling, comics are a great fit for the eReading industry. This partnership truly marks a continuation of Kobo’s ‘Read Freely’ philosophy, where we’re dedicated to providing a
February 29, 2012
Kobo Inc. today announced that the company will be one of the first eBook retailers to have an app featured in the Windows Store concurrent with the release of the Windows 8 Consumer Preview. Built using HTML and Java Script, Kobo’s app offers a personalized, secure and central destination where people can manage their entire Kobo reading experience. The new app was one of just a handful selected for release with the Consumer Preview of Windows 8. The new Kobo app offers new and exciting features: Revamped Look and Feel A new and improved interface immerses you in your books A gorgeous library view that let’s you search and find your books easily Cloud Storage Cloud storage lets you access your entire library fro

Kobo Continues International Expansion Launching in the Netherlands with Libris Blz.

January 24, 2012
Kobo, a global leader in eReading with over 7 million users in more than 170 countries worldwide, announced today that Dutch retailer Libris Blz. are selling the award winning* Kobo Touch eReader online at www.libris.nl and www.blz.nl with free shipping, and it will be in select stores starting Jan 30 – for €129.00. Kobo offers one of the world’s largest bookstores with more than 2.5 million ebooks, which now includes thousands of bestselling Dutch titles. “Through our new partnership with Libris Blz., we’re confident our expansion into the Netherlands will be a huge success,” said Michael Serbinis, CEO of Kobo. “Kobo’s focus has always been to bring eReading and eBooks to people everywhere around the world. By launching in the Netherlands, and br
January 11, 2012
Global eReading leader Kobo Inc. (“Kobo”) today announced the successful acquisition of all its outstanding shares by Rakuten, Inc. (JASDAQ:4755) (“Rakuten”) for US $315 million. The acquisition has been completed following customary closing conditions, including approval under the Investment Canada Act. Kobo’s management team will remain with the company, which will continue to be headquartered in Toronto. The acquisition by Rakuten, one of the world’s leading Internet service and e-commerce companies, provides Kobo with a strong growth opportunity to expand its footprint into new and expanding markets. The move comes as Kobo set new sales records this past holiday season: December 25th was Kobo’s best day ever for eBook downloads, with several

Kobo 2012 Book Club Launched Offered for Free with Purchase of the Kobo eReader Touch Edition

December 01, 2011
Kobo, a global leader in eReading with over 5.6 million users worldwide, announced the launch of the Kobo 2012 Book Club, designed for new owners of the company’s popular Kobo eReader Touch Edition family of E Ink devices. Available to residents of Canada and the United States who activate their Kobo eReader Touch or Kobo Touch with Offers today through March 31, 2012, regardless of where the unit was purchased, the new book club offers a gift of a free book for each month of 2012, to Touch eReader owners who have enrolled in the program. Made possible through Kobo’s collaborative work with a community of distinguished publishers and writers, the Kobo 2012 Book Club is a great way for readers to expand their digital library, find new publishers and ...

Rakuten to Acquire Kobo

November 09, 2011
Rakuten, Inc. (JASDAQ: 4755) and Kobo Inc. today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Rakuten intends to acquire 100% of total issued and outstanding shares of Kobo for US$315 million in cash. Kobo was founded by and spun out of Indigo, the largest book, gift and specialty toy retailer in Canada, in December, 2009. Since that time, Kobo has become a fierce competitor in the eBook marketplace, with a family of innovative eReaders, a wide range of eReading apps, one of the largest eBook catalogues, an innovative social platform and retail partners around the globe. The acquisition marks a major step forward for Rakuten, one of the world’s top 3 e-commerce companies by revenue, as it continues to expand its unique B2B2C ...