TORONTO, Aug. 25 /CNW/ - In response to a need for reading materials,
Kobo, a global eReading service, is proud to announce that it is sending
150 new Kobo eReaders - loaded with best sellers and classic books - to
the Canadian troops currently serving in Afghanistan.
"Reading materials are hard to come by as books are heavy to transport
via flights, so they are not often updated. Additionally, the state of
the library is not always in good shape," noted Mark Larose, Canadian
Forces Personnel and Family Support Services.
Before sending over the eReaders, Kobo is inviting Canadians to
contribute by offering the troops their recommendations and reviews on
the included eBooks.
Publishers including HarperCollins Canada, Harlequin, McClelland &
Stewart, Random House of Canada and Simon & Schuster have generously
donated a wide selection of best sellers so in addition to the classics,
the troops can enjoy this season's top titles at the same time as their
loved ones back home.
"We learned of this need through a Kobo employee that has a family
member serving in Afghanistan. We are very excited to participate and
are very pleased with the response and the additional support from the
publishing community. Hopefully with these books the troops can take
some much needed time to relax, unwind and escape in a great read" said
Michael Serbinis, CEO of Kobo.
The eReaders will go out to the troops in early September and will be
available to share in the base library. Some of the eBooks that will be
sent to the troops include great reads such as:
A Soldier First by Rick Hillier
Fifteen Days by Christine Blatchford
The Bishop's Man by Linden MacIntyre
Under the Dome by Stephen King
Playing with Fire by Theo Fleury and Kirstie McLellan Day
You can visit the Kobo blog before September 5 to see the rest of the
books and to share your thoughts and reviews: http://blog.kobobooks.com/2010/08/24/eReadersfortheTroops
About 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 eBook 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 information specific to
the new Kobo eReader, visit www.KoboeReader.com. For information on Kobo
Books and their eBook catalogue, visit www.kobobooks.com.
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