February 15, 2019

10 must-read diverse sci-fi and fantasy novels

Science fiction and fantasy novels offer us a glimpse of far-future and magical worlds, but more than that, they offer readers another lens by which to view our world. Historically, fantasy and sci-fi books have failed to reflect the diversity of the real world, but that's been changing in recent years. Here are ten diverse sci-fi and fantasy novels you should read ASAP.
February 11, 2019

The new voice of Cindy Lou Who and her favourite books

The Grinch, the beloved tale of how kindness can make even the biggest of curmudgeons’ heart swell, is an evergreen classic that started off as a book and grew to entertain many on TV screens and in movie theatres across the globe. We caught up with Cameron Seely, the new voice of Cindy Lou Who, to chat about her favourite books.
February 08, 2019

Portrait of a Reader: Yovanka McBean

Welcome back to Portrait of a Reader - our monthly series where we delve into the reading lives of our customers, their stories, and book recommendations. Meet Yovanka McBean - she's an avid runner, history buff, and a passionate reader - so much so, she told us she even occasionally reads while walking. Not easily done, but when the story calls you…! We met up with Yovanka along the Don River Trail in Toronto and explored the area.
January 30, 2019

Rakuten Kobo Appoints Marianne Hamilton as its Chief Marketing Officer

TORONTO, ON (January 29, 2019) – Rakuten Kobo, a global leader in digital reading, today announced the appointment of Marianne Hamilton to the role of Chief Marketing Officer. Reporting to CEO Michael Tamblyn, Hamilton is responsible for the entire customer journey, from acquisition and retention marketing to eBook, audiobook and eReader sales. The role was formerly held by Alan MacNevin, who has been newly appointed as Chief Operating Officer.
January 30, 2019

Rakuten Kobo Appoints Pieter Swinkels as Chief Content Officer

TORONTO, ON (January 30, 2019) – Rakuten Kobo, a global leader in digital reading, today announced the appointment of Pieter Swinkels to the role of Chief Content Officer. Reporting to CEO Michael Tamblyn, Swinkels is responsible for the growth of Kobo’s worldwide content catalog and driving business relationships with publishers, agents and authors. In addition, his responsibilities include expanding the Kobo Writing Life self-publishing platform, expanding the Kobo Plus subscriptions service, and continuing to build out the Kobo Originals program of new and exclusive eBooks, audiobooks and podcast content.
January 21, 2019

12 audiobooks to make you LOL on the subway

These twelve audiobooks will make you laugh so hard your fellow commuters will wonder what you're listening to. From celebrity musings to dark comedy to science, there’s something to tickle anyone's funny bone. Put your headphones on and cackle in the face of train delays, equipment failures, and crowds.
January 11, 2019

Introducing – Portrait of a Reader

We’d like to introduce you to this series, called Portrait of a Reader, and to one of our very first customers, Maxine Bailey, who was a powerhouse at TIFF for many years, a playwright, a mover and shaker, and recently one of the “pro-readers” on the Scotiabank Giller Prize jury which selected Washington Black by Esi Edugyan as the 2018 winner.
January 04, 2019

Erin Kleinberg and Stacie Brockman: two invaluable sides of the same coin

Erin Kleinberg and Stacie Brockman go way back, and it shows. The duo, co-founders of the successful branding and advertising agency Métier Creative, first became close at COVETEUR, a fashion and beauty website known for its behind-the-scenes access. We spoke about their business model, which books millennials should read, and what’s on the horizon for these best friends who continue to reinvent themselves together.