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Kobo's 'Read On' Initiative Makes First Award for 10 Million Minutes Read

June 15, 2011
Today Kobo, a global leader in eRead­ing with over 3.7 mil­lion read­ers, awar­ded Buena Park High School 100 new Kobo Touch eRead­ers and $3,000 in eBooks as well as Read On Re­volu­tion posters, t-shirts and pro­gram guides to sup­port the school’s goal of in­tro­du­cing a di­gital eRead­ing pro­gram into their cur­riculum. Eng­lish teacher Adam De­Clercq, who teaches re­medial read­ing for 9th and 10th grade stu­dents, saw a post re­gard­ing the Read On Re­volu­tion on the Kobo Face­book page (www. facebook. com/ kobo) and ral­lied the school com­munity to join the One Tril­lion Minute Chal­lenge. The goal of Kobo’s Read­ing Re­volu­tion is two-fold: in­spire people to read more and cre­ate an op­por­tun­ity for people to ac­cu­mu­late read­ing ...
May 25, 2011
Kobo, a global leader in eRead­ing with over 3.6 mil­lion read­ers today an­nounced a new $10 mil­lion fund to in­spire read­ers of all ages to read more and make a dif­fer­ence in their com­munity. For every 10 mil­lion minutes read with Kobo up to one tril­lion minutes, Kobo will sup­port an ini­ti­at­ive sug­ges­ted by Kobo cus­tom­ers to bring eRead­ing to schools and com­munit­ies in need. Read­ers can sign up and begin mak­ing a dif­fer­ence now at www. kobo. com/ readon. “At Kobo we be­lieve in the power of read­ing. Today, the av­er­age per­son spends five times more time watch­ing TV than read­ing, schools con­tinue to be un­der­fun­ded and lib­rar­ies are dis­ap­pear­ing. We have an op­por­tun­ity to change that with Read On,” said Mi­chael ...
May 23, 2011
In­tro­duces an Amaz­ing New Real Touch™ Ex­per­i­ence Beau­ti­ful New Design That Travels Eas­ily Any­where The Ul­ti­mate in Read­ing Com­fort Ac­cess to Mil­lions of Titles with Wi Fi Plus, Read­ing Life So­cial Ex­per­i­ence First In­ter­na­tional eReader – Avail­able in 6 Lan­guages Avail­able for Pre-Or­der Today, In Stores for Father’s Day, Sum­mer Va­ca­tion Read­ing Kobo, a global leader in eRead­ing with more than 3.6 mil­lion users in over 100 coun­tries world­wide, today an­nounced the launch of the all-new Kobo eReader Touch Edi­tion. With a re­volu­tion­ary new touch screen ex­per­i­ence, Kobo makes eRead­ing easier than ever and makes it even more ac­cess­ible to people around the world. Cre­ated for read­ers by read­ers, the beau­ti­ful ...

Kobo #1 Rated eReading App on iTunes App Store

May 18, 2011
Kobo, a global leader in eRead­ing with more than 3.5 mil­lion read­ers world­wide, today an­nounced that Read­ing Life, an in­dustry-first so­cial read­ing app for the iOS plat­form and An­droid™, has moved into the top rated po­s­i­tion in the Apple iTunes App Store℠. Kobo’s new­est re­lease, in the mar­ket for 7 days, beat out Amazon’s Kindle, iBooks® and Google Books™ to top the charts with very pos­it­ive re­views of ver­sion 4.4 of the so­cial app. This new Read­ing Life app has added deep Twit­ter in­teg­ra­tion and greater cus­tom­iz­a­tion op­tions which are driv­ing fast ad­op­tion by read­ers around the world. “Kobo has been fo­cused on cre­at­ing the best ex­per­i­ence in eRead­ing since day one. We’re read­ers at heart and we build apps for ...
May 12, 2011
Kobo, a global leader in eRead­ing with over 3.5 mil­lion read­ers world­wide, an­nounced today new en­hance­ments to its in­dustry-lead­ing eRead­ing apps for iOS devices. These en­hance­ments in­clude ex­tend­ing Read­ing Life to Twit­ter, en­abling users to share quotes, pas­sages, notes, book cov­ers and awards eas­ily to their twit­ter feed. The launch of Kobo’s Read­ing Life marked the in­dustry’s first com­pre­hens­ive so­cial eRead­ing ex­per­i­ence. Nearly all of Kobo’s iPad and iPhone users have star­ted using Read­ing Life and to date, nearly 5 mil­lion awards have been col­lec­ted by loyal read­ers every­where. Kobo has also seen a dra­matic in­crease – over 50% – in users’ read­ing time since the launch of Read­ing Life in Decem­ber. Kobo ...

Kobo Wireless eReaders Roll Into U.S. Best Buy Locations and also Available Through www.bestbuy.com

May 05, 2011
Kobo, the leader in global eRead­ing ,today an­nounced that the Kobo Wire­less eReader is now avail­able in Best Buy stores throughout the United States as well as on­line through www. bestbuy. com. Now cus­tom­ers can visit any U.S. Best Buy loc­a­tion to get hands-on ex­per­i­ence with the af­ford­able, Kobo Wire­less eReader as well as ac­cess to over 2.3 mil­lion eBooks, News­pa­pers and Magazines in the ro­bust Kobo store. Start­ing today through May 14, 2011, U.S. Best Buy loc­a­tions are of­fer­ing the Onyx Kobo Wire­less eReader in stores and on­line for the spe­cial dis­coun­ted price of $99.99 in cel­eb­ra­tion of Mother’s Day. At the end of this pro­mo­tion, Best Buy will re­sume selling the Kobo Wire­less eReader for $129.99. The Kobo ...
May 03, 2011
Black­Berry World 2011, booth #359 – Kobo, a leader in global eRead­ing, an­nounced that a pre-re­lease ver­sion of their highly an­ti­cip­ated so­cial read­ing ap­plic­a­tion will be demon­strated at Black­Berry® WorldTM. The app, which provides Black­Berry® smart­phone users with the in­dustry’s first so­cial eRead­ing ex­per­i­ence, was show­cased dur­ing the Black­Berry World 2011 Gen­eral Ses­sion on May 3. Black­Berry World at­tendees will also get a chance to learn more at Kobo’s booth #359 in The Solu­tions Show­case May 3-5. The BBM™ (Black­Berry® Mes­sen­ger) So­cial Plat­form, now avail­able in a beta ver­sion, en­ables de­velopers to build ap­plic­a­tions that take ad­vant­age of a Black­Berry smart­phone’s so­cial as­pects as well as the ...

Kobo Kicks Off European Expansion at the London Book Fair

April 11, 2011
Kobo, the leader in global eRead­ing, today an­nounced its plans to launch local con­tent stores in Ger­many and Spain start­ing in May 2011, with local stores for France, Italy and the Neth­er­lands fol­low­ing shortly after. Kobo’s European stores will offer cus­tom­ers a rich as­sort­ment of local con­tent, mer­chand­ised to the tastes and pref­er­ences of read­ers across Europe. Kobo has partnered with European pub­lish­ers to offer a wide range of titles on a se­lec­tion of loc­al­ized ap­plic­a­tions for today’s pop­u­lar eRead­ing devices. This launch marks the be­gin­ning of Kobo’s European ex­pan­sion with other coun­tries to fol­low. Kobo will be in the Di­gital Zone & Theater Booth #Y655. At­tendees who stop by and check in via Foursquare will ...
February 14, 2011
Kobo, the only pure-play global eRead­ing ser­vice, today an­nounced its par­ti­cip­a­tion at the Black­Berry® booth at Mo­bile World Con­gress. Kobo will demon­strate its eRead­ing ex­per­i­ence that will come pre-loaded on the highly an­ti­cip­ated Black­BerryÒ Play­BookÔ tab­let as well as the Kobo eRead­ing app for Black­BerryÒ smart­phones. Kobo spokespeople will be avail­able throughout the show at Stand #7B42 in App Planet Hall 7. In ad­di­tion, Kobo Ex­ec­ut­ive Vice Pres­id­ent of Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment, Todd Humphrey, will speak at the booth at 1:00pm each day Feb­ru­ary 14-16, 2011. “Mo­bile World Con­gress is the meet­ing place for lead­ers in the mo­bile tech­no­logy mar­ket to gather, col­lab­or­ate, net­work and dis­cuss,” said Humphrey. ...

Kobo Wireless eReader Now Available at Future Shop

February 04, 2011
Ca­na­dian con­sumers look­ing for the Kobo Wire­less eReader at the low­est price, re­joice! Kobo, a global eRead­ing ser­vice, today an­nounced that the Kobo Wire­less eReader is avail­able for pur­chase at Fu­ture Shop’s re­tail stores and on­line at www. futureshop. ca. The Kobo Wire­less eReader is now avail­able at all Fu­ture Shop re­tail loc­a­tions and at Futureshop. ca and of­fers ex­cep­tional value and style priced at just $149 and avail­able in three col­ours (Onyx, Pearl­ized Lilac and Metal­lic Sil­ver). Con­sumers pur­chas­ing through in-store or on­line are also backed by Fu­ture Shop’s Low­est Price Guar­an­tee: should a cus­tomer find the Kobo Wire­less eReader ad­vert­ised for a lower price by an­other Ca­na­dian re­tailer, Fu­ture ...