WH Smith to sell Kobo for at least four more years

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WH Smith has extended its ebook partnership with Kobo for a further four years. In October 2011 the UK retailer ditched its own ebook store in favour of a partnership with Kobo which sees it sell the firm’s range of ereaders and link through to its online bookstore. Kobo bosses have previously declined to confirm how partners are compensated but it’s widely understood … [Read more...]

Review: Kobo aura H20

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Kobo has added a new model to its range of traditional e-ink readers - the Kobo aura H2O. The device offers all the standard features - an e-ink screen with claims of a ‘like paper’ experience, WiFi access to a built-in bookstore and a backlight so you can read in low light and at night. All of these have ben refined over successive generations of devices and none perform … [Read more...]

Kobo launches “world’s first” waterproof ebook reader

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Kobo has launched a new waterproof ebook reader, the Kobo Aura H2O. Described by the firm as “the world’s first premium waterproof E Ink eReader,” the Aura H2O allows readers to enjoy their books in previously risky places such as the bath or the beach. Kobo Aura H2O is IP67 certified, meaning it’s waterproof for up to 30 minutes in 1 metre of water with the port cover … [Read more...]

Kobo kids’ store arrives in UK

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UK parents can now give theirs kids access to their Kobo ebook reader safe in the knowledge that they’ll only be able to read and buy age appropriate content. The firm has brought its Kids’ Store to the UK, giving younger readers access to nearly 100,000 titles while ensuring parents can set spending allowances and trust the store’s safe-search features to limit content … [Read more...]

New deals sees Kobo expand in Spain and Italy

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Kobo has signed deals which will expands the availability of its ereader and tablets in Spain and Italy. Online retailer La Central will become the first Spanish bookseller to offer Kobo’s ereaders and tablets, which all include access to the ebook retailer’s store. Kobo already operates its own localised Spanish online store and will offer magazine titles in the country … [Read more...]