Kobo-CTO-Dan-Leibu-300x225.jpgKobo and Amazon will be on the new Blackberry tablet.

Kobo, from the Kobo blog:

Kobo will be the first eReading service integrating BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) into its app – making eReading social, and real-time! This will also make eReading with Kobo a ton of fun! Below is a video of our app, which will be generally available early next year. Shop with a friend, read with a group, exchange passages, and discuss the book in real-time.

From the Amazon press release:

Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced that it will launch a Kindle app for the new BlackBerry PlayBook tablet computer. Customers can already enjoy the free Kindle app on their BlackBerry today. Like all Kindle apps, the Kindle app for the new BlackBerry PlayBook will let customers Buy Once, Read Everywhere—on Kindle, Kindle 3G, Kindle DX, iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, Mac, PC, BlackBerry, Android-based devices, and in the coming months, the new BlackBerry PlayBook. Amazon’s Whispersync technology syncs your place across devices, so you can pick up where you left off. For more information about the free Kindle apps, go to www.amazon.com/kindleapps.


  1. “Like all Kindle apps, the Kindle app for the new BlackBerry PlayBook will let customers Buy Once, Read Everywhere”

    Not quite everywhere — I have a Windows Mobile phone and there’s no app for that — in fact, I can’t find an application from anyone that will allow me to buy ebooks from Amazon or B&N or Borders and read it on my phone.

    I used to find books on Fictionwise or eReader.com, but they don’t have new releases anymore.

    I know there are epub readers out there, but the ebooks have to be DRM free.

    So, I’m kind of out in the cold. I don’t really want to buy a large reader device — my WinMo phone handles all the things I need during my day — with the exception of ereading now. So I’m back to paperbacks and library books.

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