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Kobo Releases BlackBerry App & Hires Chief Marketing Officer

Kobo has released a Blackberry version of its eReading app and has also hired Colin Bettam as its new chief marketing officer.

The new app is optimized for the BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10 smartphones, Blackberry’s touchscreen phones that launched this past spring. The app joins Kobo’s iOS and Android apps. Blackberry users can read and purchase eBooks through the new app.  It includes access to browse more than 3.5 million eBooks. Customers that are already using Kobo on another device, say their iPad or Android tablet, can automatically sync their library across devices with the new app. As with their other apps, the Blackberry app lets users customize the font styles and it includes Reading Life, a tool that lets users track their reading habits and earn awards for reading.

Bettam, the former VP of Marketing at LG Electronics, will lead up the company’s marketing efforts. According to his LinkedIn profile, Bettam attended the University of Colorado and has also worked for Filter, and McCain Foods Limited.

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Kobo Launches New $169 eReader: The Kobo Aura HD

Kobo has introduced a new high resolution eInk eReader called the Kobo Aura HD, offering a $169.99 answer to Amazon’s $179.99 Kindle Paperwhite 3G. Like other Kobo devices, the new device lets readers access ePUB titles a format not available on Kindle devices.

The new eInk device from Kobo has a 6.8″ screen which boasts a 265 dpi resolution, slightly more than the Kindle Paperwhite which has 212 ppi on a 6.7″ display. The new Kobo weighs slightly more than the Amazon device at 8.5 oz, compared with the 7.8 oz. Kindle.

The Kobo device has a 1GHz processor and claims to turn pages 25 percent faster than other devices. The new eReader comes with 4GB of storage though, owners can expand this up to 32GB. The Kindle has 2G and access to the Amazon Cloud.

Kobo claims that the new device’s battery life can last up to two months. It comes in a few colors including: ivory, espresso and onyx. The device goes on presale tomorrow on Kobo.com and through select retailers. Read more

Kobo To Acquire Aquafadas

Kobo has entered into an agreement to acquire digital publishing technology company Aquafadas in a deal whose terms were not disclosed.

Aquafadas offers publishers the tools to format magazines, comics and other types of content into rich media content. This includes the ability to make HTML5 content, plugins for InDesign and a comic book creation tool. With the acquisition, Kobo expands its rich media offerings. Kobo CEO Michael Serbinis, explained in a statement. “Digital Reading is rapidly evolving now to new rich media categories.  This transaction will strengthen both Kobo’s and Aquafadas position in our current markets and allow us to accelerate the growth of rich media with the Aquafadas Digital Publishing system.”

Japanese e-commerce company Rakuten acquired the Canadian-based Kobo for $315 million earlier this year.

Kobo Adds Ups Royalties For Self-Published Authors

Kobo is offering a bonus for self-published authors that  use its Kobo Writing Life platform, giving them an additional 10 percent in royalties on applicable titles published during a designated period this fall. New users will qualify by signing up during this period. Kobo Life authors who already use the platform, will automatically have this bonus applied to their accounts for the sale of their eligible titles.

Check out the terms and conditions (PDF version): “Kobo Writing Life authors will receive 80% rather than 70% for any IPP Term eligible titles. Promotion will be applied to any sales of Kobo Writing Life titles occurring between September 1, 2012 and November 30, 2012. All existing Kobo Writing Life titles will automatically be included in this promotion.”

Kobo launched the Writing Life platform in June at BookExpo America. Since then, Kobo is reporting that the portal has seen a 700 percent increase in sales for its self-published titles.

Kobo Opens Up eBook Store In Japan

Canadian eReading company Kobo has opened up an eBook store in Japan and will introduce its eReaders to the country on July 19th. Kobo eReaders go on presale today  through the new Japanese Kobo e-commerce site for ¥7,980 or $100 US.

The news comes as Amazon has its own plans to enter the Japanese eBook market. The company recently listed Kindles in Amazon’s Japanese store explaining that the devices are coming soon.

Kobo’s business strategy has always been to push into the global markets and already has stores in Canada, the U.S., Germany, France, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands, among other places. Japan is an obvious next move for the company, because in January, Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten bought Kobo for $315 million in cash. Read more

Kobo Is Running eReader Giveaway This Week

Kobo is running a post-holiday gifting promotion called the Kobo Get-a-Gift contest this week.

Until New Year’s Eve, Kobo customers can play the instant scratch ‘n win contest for the chance to instantly win an eReader, digital gift cards or coupons for up to 50% off of eBooks.

Consumers must register on the Kobo site in order to play, but once they are registered, they are eligible to play daily. Players will be entered into a Grand Prize drawing for the chance to win an eReader and a $500 eGift card for Kobo eBooks. Follow this link to play.

Kobo Wireless Demo Video


The holiday shopping season is here and eReaders and tablets are poised to be the hot items of the season.

To help you navigate through all of the devices out there, we have compiled our Holiday Gift Guide To eReaders list featuring the latest eReaders on the market. To help bring this list to life we will be sharing video demonstrations of a couple of the eReaders from our list.

The above video is a demonstration of the Kobo Wireless eReader. The eReader is has a 6-inch black-and-white eInk screen. It is Wi-Fi enabled and supports open formats including library books. It retails for $139.

To see our video demo of the Barnes & Noble Nook, follow this link.
To see our video demo of the Aluratek Libre eBook Reader PRO, follow this link.

Like Kobo On Facebook For Chance To Win eReader

Kobo is running a social media promotion and the winner will get a free eReader. All you have to do is “Like” Kobo on Facebook and if you are the 10,000th person to do so, you will win the eReader.

Kobo is using Twitter to promote the cause. At 1:48 PM ET today, the Kobo Twitter account tweeted: “Kobo has over 9600 fans on facebook (http://www.facebook.com/kobo.) If you’re the 10 000th, you will win an ereader!”

To become a Facebook fan of Kobo, follow this link.

Kobo Upgrades Android eReader App

Kobo has updated its Android eBook application. The upgrade includes the ability to search, add and read Internet Archive ePubs and the ability read eBooks in a DRM-free ePub format.

The free app and the upgrade is available through the Android Market to all smartphone users running Google Android 1.6 or higher.

The application launched back in June and is available across Android based-devices. The Kobo app will come preloaded on RIM’s new tablet device called the PlayBook. The Kobo app for the PlayBook will include a social reading functionality which will let readers read and shop for books with their friends within the app.

Kobo Updates Reading App To Include Newspapers

eReader company Kobo has updated its reading app to include a new newspaper and magazine reading service, as well as a dictionary.

This comes after yesterday’s news that B&N’s new Nook Color will feature a newspaper reading section with more than 100 newspapers and magazines partners providing regular content for it.

With the update, Kobo users can purchase digital versions of print newspapers as soon as they hit newsstands. Kobo’s blog explains more: “Kobo’s newspapers and magazines are formatted to bring the publications same unique qualities to the digital reading experience. Plus, you can customize your read by selecting from several text sizes – giving you an easy comfortable reading experience even when you have had a long day and your eyes are tired.”

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