Here's your Kobo. Would you like a touchscreen with that?

by Knowlton Thomas

Innovation is key when it comes to the fast-paced consumer technology space.

While touchscreens have fast become ubiquitous on smartphones and now tablets, it was an area untouched by e-readers—until now.

Toronto's Kobo has launched a Touch Edition of its popular e-reader.

“The Kindle today is still very much button-oriented, keyboard-oriented,” said Todd Humphrey, who now leads business development efforts for Kobo. “Touch is now the de-facto way in which we interact with devices, so when we looked at the key features, it was size, screen quality and the form factor itself. But, on top of everything else, what our customers told us was the ability to interact with the device with the tip of their finger was a critical factor,” Humphrey said.

The Kobo will be available in June for $129. It has a 6-inch e-ink screen with infrared touch technology and wi-fi.

Kobo, Inc.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Kobo is a global eReading service backed by majority shareholder Indigo Books & Music, Borders Group, REDgroup Retail, and Cheung Kong Holdings. Kobo believes consumers should be able to read any book on any device. With a catalog of over two million eBooks, and an open platform, Kobo enables retailers, device manufacturers and mobile operators to bring the joy of eReading to customers... more

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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more

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