Kobo Launches 'Writing Life' Platform to Compete With Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing

by Techvibes NewsDesk

Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing has been a smash hit with new and established authors alike. Now, Canadian-born Kobo is entering the fray with its own self-publishing ebook platform.

Calling Kobo Writing Life, the currently secretive program is being tested by 50 handpicked authors in a closed, private beta. But the company says the platform will enter public beta at the end of June to the thousands of authors who have so far signed up.

Kobo sayss it won't charge authors to use the portal and publish ebooks, like Amazon, and also claims it will pay "10% higher royalties on sales" and offer "much more freedom on pricing," although it hasn't yet elaborated on those points. Amazon already offers a competitive 70% royalty rate for most ebooks and highly flexible pricing options, so it will be interesting to observe how Kobo attempts to differentiate. 

Do you have a story to tell? Are you an author with a bestseller just waiting to be discovered? Want to reach out to millions of readers in over 170 countries? Then have we got the tool for you. Kobo Writing Life is the one-stop, do-it-yourself publishing portal. Bring us your Word documents, your Mobi files, your Text files! We'll run your manuscript through our advanced open-source conversion process, transforming it into an ePub in a snap so it's ready for instant publication to hoards of Kobo readers.

“We can't wait to see what authors will do with this,” says Michael Tamblyn, the executive vice-president of content and merchandising for Kobo.

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN), a Fortune 500 company based in Seattle, opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995 and today offers Earth's Biggest Selection. Amazon.com, Inc., seeks to be Earth's most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online, and endeavors to offer its customers the lowest possible prices. Amazon.com and other... more

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

blog comments powered by Disqus

Techvibes NewsDesk

Techvibes NewsDesk

Techvibes is Canada's leading technology media property.Founded in 2002, Techvibes covers technology and business news that impacts Canadians. We combine breaking local news with international coverage to deliver a unique balance of insight and information. The Techvibes Newsdesk covers a broad beat and publishes general news stories. If you have a story you would like covered, email... more

Who's Hiring

Recent Comments

Powered by Disqus