TORONTO, Feb. 29, 2012 /CNW/ - Kobo Inc. today announced that the
company will be one of the first eBook retailers to have an app
featured in the Windows Store concurrent with the release of the
Windows 8 Consumer Preview.
Built using HTML and Java Script, Kobo's app offers a personalized,
secure and central destination where people can manage their entire
Kobo reading experience. The new app was one of just a handful selected
for release with the Consumer Preview of Windows 8.
The new Kobo app offers new and exciting features:
Revamped Look and Feel
A new and improved interface immerses you in your books
A gorgeous library view that lets you search and find your books easily
Cloud storage lets you access your entire library from wherever you are
Never lose your books — they're safe and secure in the Cloud
Freedom to Read Anywhere
Read on your desktop PC or even from your Windows 8 tablet
"Microsoft has a history of being a technology leader in personal
computing, and apps have shown the way of the future," said Michael
Serbinis, CEO of Kobo Inc. "Windows 8 represents an opportunity for the
app development community. Kobo is thrilled to be involved, and we're
looking forward to reaching this exciting milestone with Microsoft."
Using Kobo's desktop application, consumers can instantly access their
library and download their purchases directly to their home PC or
tablet to read offline later, without an Internet connection. The Kobo
app also enables users to shop for eBooks through the integrated Kobo
eBook Store and download content to their desktop to easily build and
manage their library.
"We believe consumers want choice and the freedom to read on any device.
Building great eReading apps and working with leading manufacturers
such as Microsoft is a recipe for success in this quickly growing
market," says Serbinis. "This latest collaboration is a continuation
of Kobo's 'Read Freely' philosophy, where we provide a world-class
catalogue, complementary mobile apps and a global infrastructure
suitable for any market."
About Kobo, Inc.
Kobo Inc. is one of the world's fastest-growing eReading services
offering more than 2.5 million eBooks, magazines and newspapers - and
counting. Believing that consumers should have the freedom to read any
book on any device, Kobo has built an open-standards platform to
provide consumers with a choice when reading. Inspired by a "Read
Freely" philosophy and a passion for innovation, Kobo has expanded to
nearly 200 countries, where millions of consumers have access to
localized eBook catalogues and award-winning eReaders, like the Kobo
Touch. With top-ranked eReading applications for Apple, BlackBerry,
Android, and Windows products, Kobo allows consumers to make eReading
social through Facebook Timeline and Reading Life, an industry-first
social experience that lets users to earn awards for time spent reading
and encouraging others to join in. Headquartered in Toronto and owned
by Tokyo-based Rakuten, Kobo eReaders can be found in major retail
chains across the globe.
For more information, visit www.kobo.com.
SOURCE Kobo, Inc.
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