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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 ...

Shortcovers Announces Financing and Rebrands as Kobo

December 15, 2009
On the success of its millionth download, Shortcovers today announced strategic financing that includes a group of investors spanning global retail and mobile sectors. The company also announced that it has formally spun out from parent company Indigo Books & Music Inc., and will now operate under the name Kobo, Inc. Kobo today raised $16 million CAD from majority shareholder Indigo Books & Music, U.S. based Borders Group, Inc., Instant Fame, a subsidiary of Cheung Kong (Holdings) Ltd., and REDgroup Retail Pty Ltd. “We have assembled a strong syndicate of investors and partners across key categories – retail and mobile distribution. We have a unique opportunity to power the eReading revolution by reaching consumers everywhere they shop today, on any ...