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The Kobo Wireless eReader Now Available at Best Buy Canada

January 28, 2011
Now there are even more ways for Ca­na­dian con­sumers to get their hands on the Kobo Wire­less eReader. Kobo, a global eRead­ing ser­vice, today an­nounced that the Kobo Wire­less eReader is avail­able for pur­chase at Best Buy, Canada’s fast­est grow­ing re­tailer and e-tailer of con­sumer elec­tron­ics. Avail­able for the low price of $149, in all Best Buy re­tail loc­a­tions and at Best Buy. ca in Onyx, Pearl­ized Lilac and Metal­lic Sil­ver, the Kobo Wire­less eReader of­fers ex­cep­tional value and style. Best Buy joins re­tail­ers such as In­digo Books and Music and Wal­mart Canada to carry the read­ing device. “We are thrilled that Best Buy Canada is now of­fer­ing our Kobo Wire­less eReader to their Ca­na­dian cus­tom­ers,” said Mi­chael ...

Kobo Set to Lead eReading Industry Expansion in 2011

January 06, 2011
Kobo, the only pure-play global eRead­ing ser­vice built on an open plat­form, today an­nounced that it has gained ac­cess to more than 20 mil­lion con­sumers through se­cur­ing re­la­tion­ships with over a dozen part­ners that in­clude tab­let and eReader ori­ginal equip­ment man­u­fac­tur­ers (OEMs) and mo­bile op­er­at­ors. Kobo has at­trac­ted key part­ners in­clud­ing Sam­sung and RIM with its unique, in­nov­at­ive, strategy of mak­ing eRead­ing avail­able on any device from its open, cloud-based plat­form. “In 2011, Kobo will emerge as the lead­ing eRead­ing ser­vice thanks to the ad­op­tion of tab­lets like the iPad, Sam­sung Galaxy Tab and RIM Play­book. We es­tim­ate that Kobo will be pre­loaded on over 20 mil­lion devices this year,” said ...

Kobo Breaks eBook Records this Holiday Season

December 27, 2010
Kobo, the only pure-play global eReading service built on an open platform, today revealed its Holiday 2010 momentum. This Christmas, readers around the world received new eReaders and iPads and other eReading devices under their tree. Over a million people connected to Kobo, and hundreds of thousands of devices were activated each day since Christmas Eve, fuelling the highest eBook download rate in the company's history. People around the world chose Kobo this Christmas, with the popular easy-to-use Kobo Wireless eReader, dozens of compatible eReaders, top-rated applications for iPad, iPhone, Blackberry, Android, and one of the largest catalogues in the world with over 2.2 million eBooks, newspapers and magazines. "Earlier this month we predicted ...

Kobo and Swindon Book Co. Ltd Bring Exceptional Value and Style to Hong Kong Readers Offering the New Kobo Wireless eReader

December 03, 2010
Kobo, a global eRead­ing ser­vice, today an­nounced a stra­tegic new part­ner­ship in Hong Kong with Swin­don Book Co., Ltd./Kelly & Walsh, bring­ing the re­gion its first high-qual­ity, af­ford­able and name brand eReader. The Kobo Wire­less eReader is now avail­able at Swin­don Book Co. Ltd. Re­tail out­lets and on­line at www. swindonbooks. com. Priced at just $1,550 HKD, the styl­ized, Kobo Wire­less eReader provides value and func­tion­al­ity. Swin­don Book Co., Ltd. is HK’s lead­ing Eng­lish lan­guage book­store. Like Kobo, Swin­don is pas­sion­ate about read­ing and help­ing cus­tom­ers ex­plore and em­brace their read­ing pref­er­ences. Today Swin­don brings its cus­tom­ers the old and the new — host­ing the Fourth In­ter­na­tional An­ti­quar­ian ...

Kobo Introduces Newspapers and Magazines now Available on the Kobo Wireless eReader, the iPhone and iPad Kobo Reading Apps

October 27, 2010
Kobo, a global eReading service, today announced that a selection of the most popular newspapers and magazines are now available for download with a two -week FREE trial from the Kobo store. Effective immediately, dozens of top U.S. and Canadian publications have been added to Kobo, which currently boasts over 2.2 million eBooks including the hottest new releases, New York Times bestsellers, timeless literary masterpieces and thousands of free titles. The Kobo Store now offers the following digital publications across select Kobo devices and Apps: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, National Post, Globe & Mail, Calgary Herald, Edmonton Journal, Montreal Gazette, Ottawa Citizen, Regina Leader-Post, Saskatoon Star-Phoenix, Vancouver ...

Kobo Introduces the New Kobo Wireless eReader

September 29, 2010
Kobo, a global eReading service, today announced the new Kobo Wireless eReader, the newest addition to the Kobo family. The new Kobo Wireless eReader adds WiFi connectivity, upgraded hardware with faster performance, longer battery life, and a sharper eInk screen. With the new Kobo Wireless eReader, consumers can now shop on the go, anytime, anyplace, directly from their Kobo eReader with one touch of the "Shop" button. Adding over 200,000 books in six months, the Kobo store now boasts over 2.2 million books including today's new releases and bestsellers, timeless classics and thousands of free books. Consumers can read on any device - iPad, iPhone, Blackberry, Android, PC, MAC, Linux, and their library will always be up to date on their eReader. The ...
September 29, 2010
Kobo, a global eReading service, today announced plans for its application to be preloaded on the BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet, giving users easy access to the Kobo experience including Kobo’s store of more than 2.2 million books. Earlier this week, Kobo also announced plans for an industry-first social eReading application that will leverage the new BBM™ (BlackBerry® Messenger) Social Platform. “We are thrilled to be extending our extensive relationship with RIM into the tablet space,” said Michael Serbinis, CEO of Kobo. “Readers will love the elegant design, crisp display and portable size and weight of the BlackBerry PlayBook, which is perfectly suited for long reading sessions. I am also excited by the possibilities of the BlackBerry Tablet OS, which ...
September 28, 2010
At BlackBerry® DEVCON 2010, Kobo announced the development of an industry-first social eReading experience and released a video of the social reading app in action. Kobo, a global eReading service, demonstrated during the keynote presentation how application developers will be able to leverage the new BBM™ (BlackBerry® Messenger) Social Platform. The BBM Social Platform enables developers to build applications that take advantage of the BlackBerry smartphone’s social aspects, as well as the push architecture of the BlackBerry® platform. Kobo plans to integrate information from various functions of BBM into the eBook shopping and reading experience on its application once the BBM Social Platform is available. The company today released a video of the ...

Buy an eBook, Help Haiti: Kobo Partners with Artists For Peace And Justice (APJ) During the Film Festival in Toronto

September 09, 2010
Kobo, a global eReading service, today announced that it is supporting Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ) during the film festival in Toronto. Kobo is proud to announce that until the end of September 2010, it will donate sales from the celebrity book lists to APJ, a charitable organization founded by Canadian writer/producer/director Paul Haggis that is committed to improving the conditions for the children of Haiti. Recommended readings lists from Paul Haggis, Olivia Wilde, AnnaLynne McCord and Maria Bello can be found at: www.kobobooks.com/APJ. Until September 30, 2010, Kobo will donate all proceeds from these eBook purchases to assist APJ with its initiatives in Haiti that focus on developing an effective education model that will reach thousands of ...
August 25, 2010
In response to a need for reading materials, Kobo, a global eReading service, is proud to announce that it is sending 150 new Kobo eReaders – loaded with best sellers and classic books – to the Canadian troops currently serving in Afghanistan. “Reading materials are hard to come by as books are heavy to transport via flights, so they are not often updated. Additionally, the state of the library is not always in good shape,” noted Mark Larose, Canadian Forces Personnel and Family Support Services. Before sending over the eReaders, Kobo is inviting Canadians to contribute by offering the troops their recommendations and reviews on the included eBooks. Publishers including HarperCollins Canada, Harlequin, McClelland & Stewart, Random House of Canada and ...