Kobo, Inc.

Kobo, Inc.

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 everywhere. For more information, visit www.kobobooks.com.


News on Kobo, Inc.

Canadian Ebook Trends in 2015: What We Read
With 13 billion pages turned globally in 2015, ebooks are a passion for many reading enthusiasts. According to the second annual Kobo Book Report, the eight markets surveyed turned an average of... more
Canadians Love Buying Bestsellers – But Rarely Finish Them
Canadians have a habit of buying popular bestsellers—and never finishing them. According to Kobo’s inaugural Book Report, Canadians may wait days, months, or even until the following... more
Kobo Co-founder Raises $4 Million for new Digital Health and Wellness Platform, LEAGUE
Kobo co-founder Michael Serbinis is back. Today he announced the launch and funding of his new digital health and wellness platform, LEAGUE. Set to launch in early 2015, LEAGUE will focus on... more
Kobo Acquires Aquafadas to Bolster Breadth of Digital Content
Toronto-based Kobo, which is owned by Japan's Rakuten, has acquired Aquafadas, which is located in France. How's that for multiculturalism? Kobo will use Aquafadas to boost its digital content... more
Kobo Unveils New Details Surrounding its Android Tablet, the Arc
Toronto-born Kobo today announced that the Kobo Arc, a seven-inch Android 4.0 tablet, will be hitting stores in November with 16GB, 32GB and 64GB options. Taking a "new and innovative approach to... more
Kobo Officially Launches Writing Life, the DIY Author Platform
A little over a month ago the Canadian-born ereader company Kobo released a beta version of Writing Life, a DIY platform for authors that competes directly with Amazon's Kindle Direct Publisher.... more
Kobo Now Supports Google Play, a Feature That Kindle Fires and Nooks Don't Have
Canadian-born Kobo has announced that its Kobo Vox ereader-tablet hybrid now gives customers access to more than 500,000 apps as part of its support for Google Play— a notable feature that... more
Kobo Launches 'Writing Life' Platform to Compete With Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing
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... more
Kobo welcomes Pinterest to the Rakuten family
Rakuten Inc. announced today that it is leading a $100 million investment in Pinterest, with participation from existing investors Andreessen Horowitz, Bessemer Venture Partners, and FirstMark... more
Toronto-born Kobo Breaks eReader and eBook Sales Records
Kobo, the Toronto ebook and ereader company that was recently acquired by a Japanese web retailer for over $300 million, has released sales stats for its holiday season. The company says that... more
Barnes & Noble Stock Collapses; Company Considers Spinning Off Nook Into New Company
Barnes & Noble's stock sank steeply this morning after it warned investors that red ink is flowing. The company's share price plummeted 24% in morning trading. Now Barnes & Noble is... more
And the WINNER of a Kobo Vox from Best Buy is…
One of the prizes in our 12 Days of Xmas giveaway is a Kobo Vox from Best Buy. The winner of this tablet-ereader hybrid is… Mark Bridges! Congratulations. Look out for an email from... more
The winners of the 2011 Digi Awards are...
The 2011 Digi Awards were handed out tonight in Toronto across 17 digital media categories, from best in mobile and gaming to web series and technologies. The Digi Awards winners provide a... more
Win a Kobo Vox from Techvibes courtesy of Best Buy
The second holiday gift featured in our 12 Days of Xmas with Techvibes giveaway is the Kobo Vox courtesy of Best Buy. Valued at $199, the Kobo Vox is a functional hybrid between a... more
Cheaper Tablets Force Ereader Prices Down; Kobo Now as Low as $99
At $500, the iPad never encroached on ereader terriority. But at $200, the Amazon Kindle Fire is doing just that, not to mention RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook's $199 sales. It wasn't long ago... more
War? Amazon is Playing Dirty With Canadian Competitors
Amazon's premier tablet, the vaunted Kindle Fire, is playing dirty. The device, currently available only in America, is quietly choking off key competitors, including prominent Canadian ones.... more
Kobo Partners with Rdio to Bring Music to Ereader
Kobo, the Toronto-born ereader maker that was recently purchased by a Japanese web retailer, has partnered with digital music service Rdio. Rdio, created by the founders of Skype, will now come... more
Sorry Apple and Amazon, But BlackBerry and Kobo Reign King in Canada (Except For That PlayBook…)
Despite the rise of international competitors like Apple, Google, and Amazon, it's clear that Canadians retain their loyalty to homegrown products. Smartphones: One Berry to Rule Them All... more
Did Indigo Build Kobo, or Did Entrepreneur Mike Serbinis?
Kobo buzz burst at the seams yesterday when news surfaced that the Toronto-born ereader company was acquired by a Japanese web retailer for over $300 million in cash, providing a windfall to... more
Japanese web retailer Rakuten acquires Toronto's Kobo for $315 million in cash
Rakuten, a web retailer based in Japan, has acquired Canadian-made Kobo, a competitor of Amazon and others in the ereader and ebook space. Rakuten bought 100% of the shares for a total of $315... more
Four Cool Things About the Kobo Vox
The Kobo Vox is now for sale today. Here are four cool things about the tablet: 1. Kobo Pulse. Kobo Pulse is a new social media feature that connects to Facebook to see what social networkers are... more
Toronto-born Kobo hammers another nail into legacy publishers' coffin, decides to launch publishing arm
Toronto-born Kobo is creating a publishing arm that deals directly with authors, a la Amazon, according to CBC News. The new service is expected to launch in 2012, CEO Michael Serbinis said.... more
Kobo to launch $200 Android tablet
Home-grown Kobo announced today that it will be entering the tablet wars with the launch of the Kobo Vox Colour on October 28th. And they're taking pre-orders now. Built by readers for readers,... more
Kobo isn't happy with Apple, plans to deke restrictions to give readers full experience elsewhere
Kobo is pissed with Apple's recent change to its app developer agreement policies, which saw a change that restricted developers from linking to external websites where users could pay for things... more
Fuelled by the success of Kobo, Indigo manages to boost revenue in the face of declining print demand
As demand for printed books and magazines wanes, Toronto's Kobo e-reader sparked a rise in revenue for Canada's Indigo Books & Music. The revenue boost is small at $1.02 billion this year... more
Barnes & Noble launches slimmer, lighter, cheaper Nook
The Nook by Barnes & Noble is few people's first choice for an e-reader—most find themselves preferring Amazon's Kindle or the Toronto-born Kobo. Perhaps this will change, with the... more
Here's your Kobo. Would you like a touchscreen with that?
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... more
Toronto's Kobo raises $50 million to compete against iBooks and Amazon
Toronto-based e-reading startup Kobo yesterday closed a $50 Million investment round led by an undisclosed institutional investor, with existing investors also throwing $13 million... more
Kobo Closes Series C Investment Round
Toronto-based e-publishing startup Kobo announced the closing of its Series C investment round today, led by Fidelity Investments.  Indigo Books & Music Inc., Kobo’s founding... more
Borders files for bankruptcy; Toronto's Kobo jumps out to reassure concerned customers
Borders, a major book retailer chain, has filed for bankruptcy. The news shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone who's been following their financial statements; nonetheless, it strikes a blow... more
Kindle is Amazon's all-time best-selling product; Kobo and Nooks sell out during holidays
Amazon's e-reader, the Kindle, is now the online retailer giant's best-selling product of all time. Toronto's Kobo Inc., a subsidiary of the Chapters/Indigo chain, maker of competing e-reader... more
The Techvibes 2010 Advent Calendar: only two days left to win $8,000 in tech stuff!
As you're all well aware by now, we're giving away more than $8,000 in tech gadgets and accessories - from computers to tablets to smartphones - through our holiday themed giveaway... more
5 amazing tech gifts that will make your friends and family love you (even more) - and you can get them all for free
This holiday season, it's all about the technology. Smartphones, tablets, computers, and related accessories are flying off the shelves and being placed under Christmas trees across North America.... more
Toronto's Kobo launches Reading Life, a first of its kind eReading experience
Kobo, based out of Toronto, has announced the launch of Reading Life, which Kobo touts as an "industry-first social eReading experience."  According to Kobo, readers can now track their... more
Amazon and Google hate Canada, but Toronto's Kobo is to the rescue
Amazon Canada isn't selling its famous Kindle e-reader to Canadians this holiday season, despite it being a hot ticket on the Christmas wishlist of many Northern bookworms and curious cats. (Citing... more
News in Short: Kijiji expands with Montreal presence, Torontonian hired as Kobo CMO
Montreal's Isabèle Richer hired as manager for Kijiji Quebec Kijiji Advertising Group, which runs the popular classifieds-style website Kijiji.com, has appointed Isabèle Richer... more
Do e-readers belong in the workplace?
You may bring a paperback book to work to read on breaks or the train ride in, but you probably don't keep it in your pocket or whip it out at the office desk. The e-reader, being a tech gadget,... more
Kobo e-reader grew from Canadian roots
Kobo is, as many already know, Borders' new e-reading device, launched to compete for market share with Amazon's Kindle and Barnes and Noble's Nook, though boasting a lower price... more
iPad not in Canada (yet) but Canada in iPad (now)
Like most of you, we're waiting for the iPad to come to Canada.  According to the fine folks at the Toronto Star we should expect the iPad at the same time as it starts shipping to the... more
Canadians Want Their Kindle, And They Want It Now
Amazon.com launched the Kindle internationally yesterday, in over a 100 countries, but skipped a few, including Canada (see our story from yesterday: Amazon Skips Canada In Its Global Kindle... more
Shortcovers: A Bookstore in my iPhone?
Indigo Books and Music Inc. is moving aggressively into the booming e-book market tomorrow (February 26th) with the launch of a new service called Shortcovers. The new service will take Amazon's... more

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