Kobo Expands eReader Category at Best Buy -
Kobo Vox Joins $99 Kobo Touch with Offers In-Store, $129 Kobo Touch and
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TORONTO, Feb. 15, 2012 /CNW/ - Kobo, a global leader in eReading with
over 7 million users in 170 countries worldwide, today announced the
in-store availability of the Kobo Vox eReader at Best Buy stores across
the United States and online at www.bestbuy.com. The Kobo Vox eReader, will be sold at Best Buy for $199 (USD), has
seen strong adoption worldwide including Canada, the U.K., Germany,
Australia and New Zealand. The Kobo Vox offers a superior reading
experience with access to Kobo's eBookstore that offers over 2.5
million eBooks, of which a million available to download and read for
free. Best Buy will offer the Kobo Vox in all four stylish colors: Hot
Pink, Lime Green, Ice Blue and Jet Black.
The Kobo Vox is the world's first social eReader, which enables readers
to start conversations with other readers and discover new books and
authors through their social network. With a vivid color display, Kobo
takes the reading experience to a whole new level - rich color books,
newspapers, magazines, music, video, over 15,000 apps, games and social
feeds - all on an open Android platform.
"We're excited to offer the Kobo Vox eReader in U.S. Best Buy locations
where consumers can try our innovative social experience and see the
difference that Kobo brings to eReading," said Todd Humphrey, EVP
Business Development, Kobo, Inc. "We're focused on delivering an
innovative and easy eReading experience and our expanded footprint
throughout the U.S. will allow consumers to experience Kobo first hand
and find out why it is the favored choice of millions of readers around
A World Class Reading Experience
Built by booklovers, for booklovers - people can access their entire
library on the go, in an easy-to-hold, lightweight design with the Kobo
signature comfortable quilted back designed to fit perfectly into the
palm of a hand for hours of comfortable reading. The Kobo Vox delivers
a superior reading experience that allows users to easily navigate
their library, scroll through books, and turn pages with a tap or
swipe, plus personalize their reading experience with highlights,
annotations, adjustable fonts and more. The Kobo Vox holds up to 8,000
eBooks -- with expandable SD card storage to hold up to 40,000 books --
and access to unlimited storage in the Kobo cloud.
The Most Advanced Multimedia Touch Screen
Featuring a brilliant multimedia touch screen, readers can experience
text with high contrast resolution and immerse themselves in books,
magazines, games and videos in vivid color. Kobo uses the most
advanced 7 inch FFS+ display, with anti-glare - the same technology
used in airplane cockpits (there are no clouds at 30,000 feet) - for
great reading indoors or outdoors and featuring an extra-wide angle for
incredible viewing…ideal for shared reading and viewing.
Read in Vivid Color
Kobo's global ebook store - 2.5 million books and more than one million
free - just got better with color and enhanced multimedia content.
Discover a new world of reading with rich vivid color content for all
ages, including cookbooks, engaging travel guides, comic books, and
graphic novels. Parents and children can read together with Read Along
children's books, a great way to spend quality time and a fun way to
help children learn to read.
Experience More - the eReader for your Connected Life
In addition to reading Kobo Vox users can easily browse the Web, check
email, listen to music, watch movies, play games and store personal
photos. Choose from a selection of pre-loaded top ranked entertainment
Over 4,800 popular magazines from Zinio®
Newspapers from PressReader™ - over 2,000 newspapers from around the
Unlimited music from RDIO®
Get social with Twitter® and Facebook®
A book lover must-have: Merriam Webster's Dictionary
Apps - over 15,000 FREE apps
Access to music, photo, and video services in the app store
An eReader for Everyone in the Kobo Family of Products
In addition to the Kobo Vox, Best Buy currently sells the award-winning
Kobo Touch with Offers eReader, which delivers an amazing touch
experience with Infrared Touch Technology that allows readers to swipe
or tap to easily turn pages. Available in black for $99 in-store and
online, Kobo Touch with Offers brings all of the award-winning features
of the Kobo Touch eReader at a great ad-supported price.
With the intuitive new touch interface, readers can highlight a phrase,
look up a word, zoom into an image, increase the font size, or quickly
navigate through a book or their entire library. Plus finding that next
read is also quick and easy with Wi-Fi and a virtual keyboard. Using
the latest E Ink technology, it's just like reading print on paper,
plus it is glare-free making it easy to read in bright sunlight.
Best Buy also sells the original Kobo Touch, available in an assortment
of colors, for the low price of $129.
Freedom of Choice
At Kobo, we believe you should have the ability to read on any device.
Readers can download free Kobo eReading apps to read across the most
popular devices including desktops, laptops, tablets, AndroidTM phones, iPhones®, iPads®, Blackberry® Smartphones and PlayBooks.
Readers can also download their ebooks and read on a wide range of
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 that consumers should have the freedom to read
any book on any device and has attracted millions of readers from over
170 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.
Kobo eReaders, including the Kobo Touch and the newly launched Kobo Vox
are available at leading retailers, including Indigo, Walmart, Best
Buy, Target, Future Shop, WHSmith, FNAC, Libris Blz., Buy.com, Collins
Booksellers and Whitcoulls. 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.
SOURCE Kobo Inc.
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