KOBO VOX™ Colour eReader now available at Indigo

- New eReader Connects Readers with Books and Digital Lifestyle in Vivid Colour -

TORONTO, Nov. 2, 2011 /CNW/ - Today, the all new KOBO VOX™ Colour eReader ($199) is available at all Indigo, Chapters and Coles stores and online at indigo.ca/kobo-vox. Indigo Books & Music Inc., majority shareholder of the 5 million member global eReading solution KOBO, is pleased to see the Company enter its most colourful chapter yet with the first colour device built on an open Android™ platform.

Offering so much more for the multitasking avid reader the new Kobo Vox™ Colour eReader joins Kobo's suite of popular eReaders including the Kobo Touch ($139), with its superior E ink touch screen that reads like print on paper, and the first-generation Kobo WiFi ($99) which enables users to download and read eBooks anytime, anywhere.

Built by readers for readers, the Kobo Vox™ Colour eReader ($199) expands the reading experience with more visually rich content like magazines, children's books and cookbooks and comes pre-loaded with digital lifestyle essentials like email, a full web browser, an app store with access to 15,000 free apps for Android™ and a rich media player.  The Kobo Vox™ Colour eReader also offers a suite of optional software including the free top rated Kobo eReading apps available for Apple®, Android and Blackberry smartphones and tablets, as well as PC and Mac computers. Once connected to a WiFi network, Kobo Vox™ eReader users can:

  • Experience open access to Android™
  • Browse the web
  • Check email
  • Access over 2.4 million eBooks, magazines and newspapers at the Kobo bookstore
  • Play games
  • Download favourite newspapers or magazines through popular digital newsstand apps like Zinio™ or PressReader™
  • Watch movies, TV shows and home videos in any video file format
  • Listen to music or access millions of songs with leading streaming and social music service RDIO™

"The Kobo Vox Colour eReader provides another leap for Kobo in its sheer level of functionality, ease of use, comfort and style for readers. It's a full and open Android experience at an amazing value.  Paired with a vast array of accessories it is our favourite gift to give and receive just in time for this holiday season," said Heather Reisman, founder and CEO of Indigo Books and Music, and Chair of Kobo, Inc.

Inspired by the Latin phrase meaning voice of the people (vox populi), the newest Kobo device continues to amplify the opportunity for "Social Reading" through Kobo Reading Life™ and Kobo Pulse™. It's possible now to track your reading habits with Reading Life and keep tabs on your personalized reading stats, earn fun and exciting awards just for reading and share your favourite books and passages on Facebook® and Twitter®. You can also find out how many people are reading with you, see what others think of the passage you just read and share your ideas on books and passages with the Kobo community of readers using Kobo Pulse™.

Michael Serbinis, CEO of Kobo says, "Kobo Vox was designed to allow readers to get the most out of reading and create a complete experience that brings freedom, connections and unlimited choice to the overall experience."

Kobo Vox™ Colour eReader at a Glance:

  • KOBO VOX™ Colour eRader available now at indigo.ca or at any Indigo, Chapters or Coles store
  • 7" LCD colour multi-touch display
  • Signature quilted back
  • Four contemporary colours - Hot Pink, Lime Green, Ice Blue and Jet Black
  • Customizable library views, fonts and font sizes
  • Magazines, cookbooks, travel books and children's books- all in rich colour
  • 15,000 free apps for Android™, browse the web and send emails with built in WiFi
  • Music, movies, TV shows and more

About Indigo Books & Music Inc.

Indigo is a publicly traded Canadian company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (IDG) and the majority shareholder of  the global eReading service Kobo, Inc. As the largest book, gift and specialty toy retailer in Canada, Indigo operates in all provinces under different banners including Indigo Books & Music; Indigo Books, Gifts, Kids; IndigoSpirit, Chapters, The World's Biggest Bookstore, and Coles. The newly refreshed online division, indigo.ca, features books, eBooks, toys, gifts and, and hosts the award winning Indigo Online Community.

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 in freedom, and unlike other eReading companies (such as Amazon) when you buy a Kobo book, it's yours. 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. 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.

Watch the Kobo Vox™ Colour video here

SOURCE Indigo Books

For further information:

For images, devices and further information please contact:
Janet Eger
Vice President, Public Relations, Indigo Books & Music Inc.
416 342 8561


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