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Kobo eReaders Now Make Borrowing eBooks EASY

Posted in Commentary with tags on August 22, 2018 by itnerd

Booklovers who borrow digital books from the library desire an easy way to acquire and access their favourite read. That desire has now become a reality for current Kobo eReader users. Today, Rakuten Kobo celebrates reading by adding one-touch public library lending to all of its current eReaders (Kobo Aura ONE, Kobo Aura H2O Ed.2, Kobo Aura Ed.2 and Kobo Clara HD).

Borrowing eBooks has never been easier: Readers can connect to their local public libraries right from their device with built-in, one-touch lending access. Set-up is free and easy, all that’s needed is a library card from any OverDrive-powered library, and through an integrated catalogue, booklovers can search for the title they want, and depending on the title, choose either to borrow or buy with just one click.

Kobo launched its premium Aura ONE device with one-touch library eBook access, and saw a significant increase in reading time among those customers who also read library books, and that’s what it’s all about.

See how to get started with Kobo and OverDrive here.

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Rakuten Kobo Launches Audiobooks

Posted in Commentary with tags on September 6, 2017 by itnerd

Rakuten Kobo today uncovers another dimension of storytelling, adding audiobooks to the Kobo experience and offering booklovers the opportunity to experience the joy of being told a story.

Readers can choose audiobooks from across all genres, including bestsellers such as Into the Water by Paula Hawkins, Dark Tower I by Stephen King, and Truly Madly Guilty by Lianne Moriarty; with new titles added weekly.

At just $9.99/month and with a 30-day free trial period, Kobo offers the best value on a subscription plan in the category. Customers can redeem their monthly credit for any audiobook at Kobo.com, even if its list price is higher. Audiobooks can also be purchased à la carte. In addition, readers earn Kobo Super Points on their monthly subscription fees or audiobook purchases, and can shop with confidence with the backing of Kobo’s Price Match Guarantee.

Customers also have access to exclusive, insightful ‘Kobo in Conversation’ interviews with popular authors: Paula Hawkins, Robert Harris, Maria Semple, Elin Hildebrand, Louise Penny, and more.

Key features include:

All your eBooks and audiobooks together in one app: Your digital reading world is all in one free app. All your eBooks and audiobooks are in one location on your Android or iOS device.

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Intuitive, beautifully designed player: The beautifully designed, easy-to-use player makes it simple to move through an audiobook with a single touch. Never worry about losing your spot; see how much time is left at a glance; and choose your preferred narration speed. The player can also be set to turn off after a set amount of time—perfect for listening before going to sleep.

Expertly curated collection: Booklovers can browse the extensive catalogue and recommended titles created by our team of booksellers, based on cherished classics, the best new releases and bestsellers, and by narrator or style. Based on your ebook preferences, receive audio recommendations just for you.

For more information, please visit www.kobo.com/audiobooks.

Introducing the NEW Kobo Aura H20 just in time for Summer

Posted in Commentary with tags on May 2, 2017 by itnerd

Relaxing takes many forms, and many agree that reading is key, especially when it takes place near water whether in the bath, on the dock, by the pool, or at the beach.

In the service of relaxation and just in time for the summer reading season, Kobo, a global leader in eReading, today announces its newest addition to the family, the new Kobo Aura H2O—an updated version of the original crowd-pleasing waterproof eReader. The new device allows booklovers to easily read in direct sunlight due to its anti-glare E Ink display, for a print-on-paper like reading experience. ComfortLight PRO reduces blue-light spectrum, so while nail-biting thrillers may keep you up at night, the new Kobo Aura H2O will not.

The new Kobo Aura H2O will be available in black and will retail for $199.99 CAD (MSRP) in Canada at www.kobo.com (pre-orders will be available as of May 15) and select retailers starting on May 22; the device will also be available as of May 22 in the US, the UK, Italy, France, the Netherlands, Spain, Belgium, Switzerland, Japan, and Turkey; as of June in Sweden; as of July in Australia and New Zealand; with Philippines, Mexico and Brazil to follow later this year.

Typically, technology and water don’t play well together, but this summer, they do. The new Kobo Aura H2O is the season’s must-have accessory to let avid readers enjoy their favourite stories in more places—relaxing in the bath, by the pool, or while on seaside excursions. The device is waterproofed with HZO Protection for worry-free reading near water. The coating technology applied to the device’s interior allows it to be fully submerged without the need for port covers.

For night owls, ComfortLight PRO reduces blue-light exposure through the course of the day, so they can read even longer without it affecting their sleep. This innovative technology was introduced with the launch of Kobo Aura ONE last year, winning the seal of approval from Colleen Carney, Associate Professor and Director of the Sleep and Depression Laboratory at Ryerson University, who said devices that eliminate blue light work well for those who enjoy reading before bed; for more from Dr. Carney, click here.

Not sure which book to take on your daily adventures? Take them all. With 8GB of storage, the new Kobo Aura H2O stores up to 6,000 eBooks. A forgotten charger on cottage trips is no longer a cause for concern; with weeks of battery life, readers can enjoy a full book before needing a charge. The Freescale SoloLite processor ensures page turns are quick and seamless. What’s more, the 6.8” Carta E-Ink touchscreen displays print-quality text beautifully (265ppi).

No two booklovers are alike, and a customizable reading experience is a must. With TypeGenius, readers have many options to choose what suits them best, such as weight and sharpness settings, and the ability to choose from 50 font sizes and 11 font types. In addition, they can adjust margins, highlight passages, write notes, or look up a word with the built-in dictionary—all with the tap of a finger.

For a kick-start on summer reading lists, Kobo’s bookselling team has compiled captivating options to suit any reader’s taste: https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/p/beachbookready

Rakuten Kobo Acquires Shelfie Technology

Posted in Commentary with tags on April 6, 2017 by itnerd

Rakuten Kobo Inc. has announced that it has acquired Shelfie, a service that was built to enable customers to get free or discounted eBook versions of books in their print libraries, and get recommendations based on print books they already own. The deal includes technology assets, IP, and the infrastructure on which the ecosystem runs; it also includes hiring Shelfie’s skilled team, which specializes in the application of big data and machine learning for book discovery.

Shelfie ceased operations this January. Kobo worked with Shelfie to offer its customers the opportunity to transfer their eBook libraries to Kobo’s platform, ensuring they would continue to have access to their digital books. Over the coming months, Kobo will work to integrate the Shelfie platform into its Android and iOS apps, enabling readers to add their print libraries to their reading history to generate ever more tailored eBook recommendations, as well as the option to get digital versions of print titles they already own.

Founded in 2013 by Peter Hudson and Marius Muja, as BitLit Media Inc., Shelfie grew to offer more than 450,000 eBooks and audiobooks that booklovers could purchase at a discount or download free of charge. Via any iOS or Android device, users snapped a photo of their bookshelf, and through patented technology, Shelfie scanned the spines of every book to identify titles and give readers a complete inventory of their collection, and served them the available equivalent titles in digital—free of charge or at a promotional price. The service also used the titles on the shelf as data, combined with digital reading data, to generate personalized recommendations.

Kobo Announces Kobo Glo HD eReader

Posted in Commentary with tags on April 7, 2015 by itnerd

Kobo today launched a new eReader aimed at those who put reading at the centre of their lives.

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Dubbed the Kobo Glo HD eReader, it has a lot going for it:

  • 300ppi screen that delivers the clearest print-on-paper experience
  • Built-in ComfortLight that allows readers to read in the dark without disturbing others with bright bedside lamps
  • 1GHz processor will ensure that page turns are swift
  • A battery that lasts up to two months
  • 4GB of storage
  • Measures 157 x 115 x 9.2mm which makes it easily portable in a purse or jacket pocket
  • Easy setup and a concierge service is included

Kobo Glo HD will be available in black and will retail for $129.99 CAD/USD (MSRP) online and in-store, starting May 1 in Canada, the US, Australia, and New Zealand; May 22 in France; June 1 in the UK, Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, and Spain. Beginning tomorrow, customers can pre-order Kobo Glo HD at Kobo.com in Canada, as well as at select retailers in Canada, Australia and New Zealand, and can pre- order as of April 24 in the US at Kobo.com. I’ve requested one for review and when I get it, you can expect a review to be posted soon afterwards.

Review: Kobo Aura H20

Posted in Products with tags on October 27, 2014 by itnerd

With the advent of tablets and “phablets”, the stand alone eBook reader would seem to be the last choice for those who want to read a book electronically. But that would be an incorrect statement. One of the companies who is on the leading edge of eBook readers is Kobo. And they have a very intriguing eBook reader called the Aura H20. As the name implies, it’s waterproof. It’s certified to be IP67 certified waterproof. That means you can keep it underwater (no more than 1 meter) for up to 30 minutes. To test this, I completely submerged it in water while it was on with no ill effects. That gives you the ability to read a book while you’re in the bath or in the hot tub among other places. One thing that I did notice is that the touchscreen functions get disabled if you get the screen wet which stops accidental input. That’s clever.

The Aura H20 is very easy to hold as it feels rubbery which allows you to keep a good grip on it. It also seems fingerprint resistant which is very nice. Though one thing that I would like to point out is that you can’t read with one hand which isn’t the biggest deal in the world, but it is worth mentioning. What’s also nice is the screen. It sports a 6.8-inch touchscreen with Carta E Ink technology in a resolution of 1430 x 1080 pixels with 265ppi which to makes text clear and easy to read regardless of the lighting conditions.

Under the hood, the Aura H20 is powered by a 1GHz processor and has 4GB of internal storage expandable to 32GB via a MicroSD card. That means that you can store something in the area of 3,000 ebooks on the Aura H20 out of the box and ten times that with a MicroSD card. Speaking of eBooks, it does support a variety of formats including

  • EPUB
  • EPUB3
  • PDF
  • MOBI
  • TXT
  • HTML
  • RFT
  • CBZ
  • CBR

In terms of filling up the Aura with content, that will not be a problem for you. Kobo’s eBookstore allows you to access over 4 million eBooks, comics and kids’ titles. All you need is WiFi access and you’re good to go.

Two things really stood out to me when I tested the Aura H20. One was the ease of use. It has a very intuitive user interface and I was able to take it out of the box, get it on my WiFi network and start reading in a minute. Plus all the gestures for actually reading a book were natural. And to add to all of that, You can tap on words to get definitions, select sections of text to highlight, or add annotations. You also get a wide variety of stats about your reading habits that may or may not interest you. Another thing that stood out to me was the battery life. It is rated for 2 months of battery life and I believe it as during my week of testing the battery gauge barely moved. Impressive!

The Aura H20 is $179.99 and as far as I am concerned, this is an easy buy for anyone who likes to read. And that includes anyone who already owns a tablet. Kobo really has a winner with the Aura H20 and if you’re considering anything else, I would highly advise cross shopping whatever you’re considering with the Aura H20. I really think that once you have a look at the Aura H20, it will be going home with you.

First Look: Kobo Aura H20

Posted in Products with tags on August 26, 2014 by itnerd

My wife and I attended a Kobo press event tonight in Downtown Toronto that allowed us to get up close and personal with the new Kobo Aura H20 eReader. What makes this eReader different than anything else on the market is this:

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It’s waterproof. As in IP67 certified waterproof. That means you can keep it underwater (no more than 1 meter) for up to 30 minutes with the port cover closed.

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Here’s a look at it on dry land. The screen which is a 6.8” Carta E Ink HD infrared touchscreen with a resolution of 1430 x 1080, 265 dpi. I found it to be very sharp when I was reading The Hunger Games on it. It was also easy to read regardless of the lighting conditions. So I don’t think you’ll have a problem reading books on it indoors or outdoors. It comes with 4GB of RAM and it’s expandable to 32GB so you can store all the books you want. Plus it has 802.11 B/G/N WiFi as well as Micro USB so that you can add to your digital library. As for battery life, it tops out at two months. That’s not a misprint.

My wife and I both test drove it and we both liked it. My wife in particular who reads a lot and isn’t a fan of eReaders because she prefers the feel of paper books was quickly converted to the other side because of how light it was, how sharp the screen is, and the fact that it was waterproof. The latter was a big selling point for her as it meant that she could read anywhere. In the hot tub, on the beach, while taking a bubble bath among other places.

The Aura H20 will retail for $179 CDN online and in-store, starting October 1st in Canada, the US, the UK, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, and Spain with more countries to follow. Beginning tomorrow, select retailers will offer pre-orders, and as of September 1st, pre-orders will be available at Kobo.com in Canada, the US, and the UK.