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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 ...