News Releases

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 ...

Reading in Style: Kobo eReaders Available at Select Fairmont Hotels in North America

August 11, 2010
Kobo, a global eReading service, today announced that Fairmont Gold guests will have access to Kobo eReaders featuring a library of new and bestselling Random House books. The Kobo eReaders are now available at select properties in the US and Canada for guests staying on Fairmont Gold, a private, dedicated area offering guests the experience of an exclusive oasis with personalized service and enhanced amenities. The eReaders are loaded with a variety of fiction and non-fiction eBooks by authors including Bret Easton Ellis, Sophie Kinsella and Alexander McCall Smith. Upon returning the Kobo eReader, guests will receive a special offer for $2 off select Random House titles redeemable at www.kobobooks.com/randomhouse. "We know that travelers do not want to ...

Kobo Launches Global eReading Applications for iPad

May 28, 2010
Kobo, a global eRead­ing ser­vice, today an­nounced avail­ab­il­ity of its pop­u­lar iPad ap­plic­a­tion in all mar­kets where iPad is avail­able. Ad­di­tion­ally, Kobo today re­leased re­gional ver­sions for Canada, UK and Aus­tralia and an­nounced a New Zea­l­and ap­plic­a­tion is com­ing soon. The re­gion­al­ized ap­plic­a­tions, built spe­cific­ally for the iPad, fea­ture local con­tent, mer­chand­ising, and cur­rency. All Kobo iPad ap­plic­a­tions come pre-loaded with five free eBooks and con­nect to the Kobo eBook store, which fea­tures more than two mil­lion titles in­clud­ing cur­rent best sellers, clas­sics, and thou­sands of free titles. Kobo is a global eRead­ing ser­vice with cus­tom­ers in more than 200 coun­tries today. The com­pany of­fers ...

Kobo Powers its First International eBook Store

May 19, 2010
Kobo, a global eRead­ing ser­vice today an­nounced the launch of its first In­ter­na­tional eBook store with Bor­ders Aus­tralia, a sub­si­di­ary of REDgroup Re­tail. The Bor­ders Aus­tralia eBook store will give Aus­tralian con­sumers the abil­ity to read eBooks any­time, any­place on the device of their choice. The Bor­ders eBook store is powered by Kobo con­tent and tech­no­logy, and of­fers over 2 mil­lion eBooks in­clud­ing eBooks from Aus­tralian au­thors and pub­lish­ers, New York Times Best­sellers, new re­leases, ro­mance, clas­sics, as well as thou­sands of free titles. The Bor­ders launch marks the first in­ter­na­tional ‘Powered by Kobo’ eBook store. Ad­di­tion­ally, Bor­ders Aus­tralia will sell the af­ford­ably-priced Kobo eReader for ...

Kobo™ eReader Coming To The U.S. In June

May 07, 2010
Kobo, a global eRead­ing ser­vice, today an­nounced that the Kobo eReader is avail­able for pre-or­der in the U.S. at Bor­ders on­line at www. borders. com/ koboereader, and will ship in time for Father’s Day. The new Kobo eReader offered through Bor­ders is a styl­ized, easy-to-use, af­ford­able eInk device that comes pre-loaded with the Bor­ders eBook app. Con­sumers can eas­ily ac­cess over a mil­lion eBooks, in­clud­ing today’s best­sellers, through USB or wire­lessly through Bluetooth. The Kobo eReader also comes pre-loaded with 100 clas­sic books and can store up to 1000 eBooks. Its soft, quilted back al­lows for an en­joy­able book-like read­ing ex­per­i­ence. “The Kobo eReader is the eReader for every­one and is now avail­able in the U.S. – ...

Kobo Expands Platform with Support for Dedicated eReaders

March 24, 2010
Kobo, the global eBook re­tailer, today an­nounced sup­port for ded­ic­ated eRead­ers with a new ap­plic­a­tion avail­able through its “Powered by Kobo” part­ner pro­gram for hard­ware man­u­fac­tur­ers and re­tail­ers. Kobo’s ap­plic­a­tion provides a world-class eRead­ing ex­per­i­ence and store­front and will be em­bed­ded in lead­ing eRead­ers launch­ing in 2010. The com­pany today also un­veiled its Kobo eReader, a ded­ic­ated eRead­ing device show­cas­ing its new ap­plic­a­tion. The launch of the Kobo eReader ap­plic­a­tion marks a first in this emer­ging mar­ket – stand­ard soft­ware avail­able for hard­ware part­ners world­wide. Kobo has de­veloped a strong global fol­low­ing for its eRead­ing ap­plic­a­tions for the iPhone, Black­Berry, Palm ...

Kobo Launches UK eBook Store

February 23, 2010
On the heels of a major fund­ing an­nounce­ment and re-brand, Kobo (pre­vi­ously Short­cov­ers) today launched in the UK. Kobo is an eRead­ing ser­vice for smart­phones, tab­lets, net­books, laptops and eRead­ers. Kobo’s use of open stand­ards like EPUB and its unique cloud-based ser­vice en­ables con­sumers to build their ebook lib­rar­ies without being locked in to any one device. Kobo also keeps all of a reader’s devices in sync, en­abling them to read from device to device. Since it launched in North Amer­ica in early 2009, Kobo has been down­loaded by more than one mil­lion users in 200 coun­tries. The UK launch is the first re­gion-spe­cific launch for Kobo out­side of North Amer­ica. Kobo fea­tures eBooks from lead­ing UK pub­lish­ers such as ...
January 22, 2010
With ap­plic­a­tions in de­vel­op­ment for Win­dows 7, An­droid and ad­di­tional op­er­at­ing sys­tems, Kobo, Inc. today an­nounced that the ser­vice will be avail­able for vari­ous tab­let and slate com­puters in Feb­ru­ary 2010. Kobo (www. kobobooks. com) is a global eRead­ing ser­vice that of­fers mo­bile ap­plic­a­tions on the iPhone, An­droid, Black­berry and Palm Pre, as well as sup­port for net­books and ded­ic­ated eRead­ers, like the Sony eReader. Kobo’s se­lec­tion of pop­u­lar books in­cludes more than two mil­lion titles with con­tent from major pub­lish­ers in­clud­ing Ran­dom House, Harper Collins, Hachette, Simon & Schuster, Pen­guin and Har­le­quin. “This an­nounce­ment is in line with our mis­sion to de­liver the best eRead­ing ...