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SHINING A SPOTLIGHT ON DEBUT AUTHORS – SECOND ANNUAL KOBO EMERGING WRITER PRIZE NOW ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS

February 04, 2016
Toronto – February 4, 2016 – Rakuten Kobo, one of the world’s most innovative eReading services, today announced it is now accepting submissions for its second annual Kobo Emerging Writer Prize. With thousands of books published every year all competing...

Rakuten Kobo Announces New Executive Appointments

By Kobo January 05, 2016
TORONTO – January 5, 2016 - Newly appointed Chief Executive Officer, Michael Tamblyn, today announces two new executive roles created to focus on publisher relations and content sales worldwide.   Pieter Swinkels, formerly Vice President, Publisher...

KOBO KEEPS FLIPKART EBOOKS CUSTOMERS READING ON ITS WORLD-CLASS DIGITAL READING PLATFORM

By Rakuten Kobo Inc December 14, 2015
Toronto, Dec 11, 2015 – Rakuten Kobo Inc., a global leader in eReading, is working closely with Flipkart, India’s leading e-commerce marketplace, to transfer Flipkart’s eReading App customers to the Kobo platform. Readers in India will be able to choose...
By Kobo November 26, 2015
TORONTO – November 26 – Rakuten Kobo Inc., a global leader in eReading, today announced a change of leadership. President Michael Tamblyn will become Chief Executive Officer, succeeding Takahito (Taka) Aiki, who will remain involved in the company as...

LIBRERIA PORRUA AND GANDHI JOINTLY LAUNCH ORBILE: AN ALL-NEW EREADING SERVICE POWERED BY RAKUTEN KOBO FOR BOOKLOVERS IN MEXICO

September 30, 2015
TORONTO and MEXICO CITY, September 30, 2015 – As the book industry continues to evolve, so do the ways in which passionate readers want to enjoy their favourite books. Further expanding on customer offerings, two of Mexico’s most prestigious book...

KOBO LAUNCHES ‘SUPER POINTS’ LOYALTY PROGRAM

September 29, 2015
TORONTO, September 29, 2015 – Reading with Kobo just got more rewarding. Today, Rakuten Kobo introduces Kobo Super Points, a new loyalty program designed to celebrate the love of reading. Kobo customers instantly earn points with every eBook and magazine...

KOBO AND MEXICO’S TOP BOOK RETAILERS, LIBRERIA PORRUA AND GANDHI, JOIN FORCES TO DRIVE EREADING IN THE MARKET THIS FALL

July 28, 2015
TORONTO and MEXICO CITY, July 28, 2015 - In an unprecedented partnership in the Americas, two of Mexico’s most prestigious book retailers have joined forces with Kobo, a Rakuten company and leading innovator in the digital reading space, to offer...

Inaugural Kobo Emerging Writer Prize Winners Announced

July 07, 2015
Toronto, ON – July 7, 2015 – Kobo, a Rakuten company and leading innovator in the digital reading space, today announced the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize winners, all of whom have been awarded a $10,000 CAD cash prize as well as promotional, marketing, and...

Kobo Expands ABA Partnership with eRead Local Program Designed to Encourage Digital Reading Among Passionate Booklovers

May 27, 2015
Toronto, ON – May 27, 2015 – Kobo, a Rakuten company and leading innovator in the digital reading space, today announced the eRead Local program for American Booksellers Association (ABA) members, created to encourage customers to try eReading. With the...