SAN FRANCISCO, TORONTO, Sept. 22, 2011 /CNW/ - Today at f8, Facebook's
developer conference, Kobo, a global leader in eReading with over 4.9
million users worldwide, is discussing the next advancement in social
eReading that will provide people with the ability to engage in
conversations with each other while reading, as well as a Facebook
integration that makes it easier for people to feature their eReading
activity on their Facebook profile.
"Kobo will soon launch a revolutionary advancement in social eReading,
and this news will change the nature of how and what we read," said Dan
Leibu, chief technology officer, Kobo. "Our extremely popular Kobo
Reading Life app was the first social platform to deliver interaction
to eReading. Kobo is committed to staying on the cutting-edge of
social eReading to realize our mission of inspiring more people to read
by allowing them to share thoughts, insights and experiences."
Kobo Reading Life, one of the industry's first comprehensive social
reading experiences, is available on all of the company's apps and
devices including the innovative Kobo eReader Touch Edition and apps
for iPad, iPhone and Android. Reading Life allows people to connect
with their friends on Facebook and see what books they are reading, see
books in common, ask for recommendations, compare awards and reading
stats, and share their favorite quotes and passages, notes and thoughts
with followers. Kobo offers free eReading apps for most computers,
smart phones and tablets on the market today.
Through Facebook Platform, people can share the experience of the social
reading app with their friends, and discover new books through friends,
making their online experience more personal and relevant.
Kobo CEO Michael Serbinis will be discussing Kobo's expanding social
reading experience on f8 Live (f8.facebook.com), streaming directly from the event at 2:20 p.m. PST.
For more information on Kobo visit www.kobo.com. Kobo's apps are available at www.kobo.com/readinglife, in the iTunes
App Store, BlackBerry App World and from the Android Market.
About Kobo, Inc.
Kobo is a global eReading service with more than 2.5 million eBooks,
magazines and newspapers - one of the largest eReading catalogues in
the world. Kobo believes consumers should have the freedom to read any
book on any device and has attracted millions of readers from over 100
countries across the globe. Kobo has top ranked eReading applications
for iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows and MacOS, and is the
eReading application of choice for leading tablet OEMs. The Kobo
Wireless eReader and the new Kobo eReader Touch Edition is available at
leading retailers, including Indigo, Walmart, Best Buy, WH Smith,
Collins Booksellers and Whitcoull's. Kobo's innovative Reading Life is
an industry-first comprehensive social eReading experience - Kobo users
can earn awards simply for time spent reading and encouraging others.
Kobo is backed by majority shareholder Indigo Books & Music Inc, Cheung
Kong Holdings, and institutional investors.
Facebook® is a registered trademark of Facebook Inc.
SOURCE Kobo Inc.
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