Kobo appoints Tamblyn President, Chief Content Officer

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

Kobo, now probably Amazon’s biggest rival in the ereader ecosystem realm, with Barnes & Noble wavering over the Nook and an also-ran outside the U.S., has just announced that Michael Tamblyn, hitherto its Chief Content Officer, has now had his position upgraded to the status of President [...]

Kobo dominance in Canada: good luck or good business?

By Joanna Cabot
March 9, 2014 // 1 Comment

I’ve long chalked up Kobo’s success in Canada at least partly to good business: they’re aces at local content, have a huge presence in Canadian retail thanks to their origins as a subsidiary of our major bookstore chain, Indigo, and recently they were acquired by the deep pockets [...]

Serbinis to be Replaced at Kobo

By Joanna Cabot
February 5, 2014 // 0 Comments

As reported in today’s Morning Links, numerous sources are reporting that Michael Serbinis, who has been with Kobo since the beginning, is being replaced by a Rakuten veteran named Takahito Aiki, who was recently head of a Telecom and will be relocating to Canada to assume the post. Serbinis [...]

Why is the Kobo App Still So Annoying?

By Joanna Cabot
January 14, 2014 // 0 Comments

I got an email yesterday from my esteemed editor Juli, wondering if I might be interested in commenting on the updated Kobo app, seeing as I am in Canada, aka The Country Where Kindle is Actually Not the Number One Brand. My initial response was ‘ugh, do I have to?’ I remembered the [...]

Kobo Glo: A Port After the Storm

By libertyc
December 24, 2013 // 2 Comments

I’m sitting in a coffee shop right now, typing this on my phone (which is sharing a power bar with six other phones) and enjoying my first hot drink since Saturday. We have had no power since then and this toasted s’mores hot chocolate is the first thing I have eaten that’s not a [...]

Kobo Kissing the Blarney Stone with Eason Partnership in Ireland

By libertyc
October 31, 2013 // 0 Comments

I’m not going to draw too many self-serving connections between the announcement that Kobo, fresh from its “finest hour,” is about to enter the Irish market, and the news that the Republic may be about to abolish its Censorship of Publications board. (Less fear of being burned in [...]

"Kobo's Finest Hour"? Really?

By libertyc
October 28, 2013 // 1 Comment

It’s rare to see a kneejerk panic reaction to populist scaremongering hailed as ” a courageous stance,” but then the whole debacle of Kobogate and the WHSmith ebook sales shutdown has been rich in cheap prudish posturing and unwitting self-condemnation, and I don’t expect [...]

Thoughts on the Whole Kobo/WH Smith Situation

By libertyc
October 15, 2013 // 2 Comments

Nate from The Digital Reader took me to task last night in his comment on my post about Kobo’s letter explaining why books had been removed from the store. I think he was right to do so, and I realized this morning that I had reacted as many had yesterday, without sitting down and thinking [...]

Kobo Has Sent Email to Authors/Partners on Writing Life

By libertyc
October 14, 2013 // 4 Comments

As a self-published author on Kobo, I just received this email: To our Kobo Writing Life and self-publishing partners: As you may be aware, there has been a significant amount of negative media attention in the UK regarding offensive material that became available across a number of eBook [...]

Kobo Removing All Books Published Through Draft2Digital

By libertyc
October 14, 2013 // 6 Comments

The hurricane surrounding the self-published erotica overreaction in the media continues. Several authors on KBoards are reporting that all their titles (erotica or otherwise) that have been uploaded to Kobo via Draft2Digital have been removed. Here’s the draft of a letter received from [...]

Morning Roundup: Is Kobo's new e-reader already obsolete?

By libertyc
September 5, 2013 // 0 Comments

When Will We See Mass Adoption of Digital Classrooms? September 2014 (Digital Book World) To give you a sense of how big a market we’re talking about, in just the U.S., nearly $1 trillion was spent on education by the government, according to federal budgets and the Census. Some chunk of that [...]

Morning Roundup: Kobo Suspends Usage of Goodreads API

By libertyc
August 30, 2013 // 1 Comment

Kobo Suspends Usage of Goodreads API (Good e-Reader) Kobo is one of the largest online booksellers in the world and currently has over 3.5 million titles available. Over the course of the last few years the company has been depending on GoodReads for book reviews and ratings. This has populated [...]

My Kobo Wishlist

By libertyc
August 29, 2013 // 4 Comments

If you read yesterday’s Morning Roundup, you saw the news about the new Kobo releases—a new Glo-sized Aura, and two new tablets, one of them a 10-incher. Amongst the fine print were also refreshes of the bookstore (with a customized portal for kids and some rudimentary parental controls) [...]

Morning Roundup: Come on, Kobo, a $399 tablet? Really?

By libertyc
August 29, 2013 // 1 Comment

Come on, Kobo, a $399 tablet? Really? (GigaOM) E-reading company Kobo plans to launch a $399 tablet. Has it learned nothing from Barnes & Noble’s experience? * * * A Career Versus Publication (Kristine Kathryn Rusch) I was a bit stunned at the response to last week’s blog, not because the [...]

Morning Roundup: Kobo launches a fleet of new devices

By libertyc
August 28, 2013 // 0 Comments

Kobo Launches Fleet of New Devices, Kids eBook Store, Partnership with Pocket (Digital Book World) International ebook retailer and device-maker Kobo has launched a new fleet of e-reading and tablet devices along with an ebook store for children and a partnership with content aggregator Pocket — [...]

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