September 2, 2014

Kobo Counters Amazon Kindle Fire with $199 Vox

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Kobo, long a player in the ereader market, has answered the Kindle Fire and Nook Color with their own digital reader, the VOX.  Available for pre-order today, the Kobo Vox will run $199 and start shipping on October 28.  Specifications include 8GB internal storage, an 800MHz processor, and a 7-inch 1024×600 resolution display.  Much like Amazon and Barnes & Noble counterparts, this tablet has Android (2.3) at its core and may serve as a developer/modder favorite.  Depending on how easy it is to root the Vox,  it could make for a great “Android tablet”.

The Kobo Vox is available in four color choices: Lime Green, Ice Blue, Jet Black, and Hot Pink.  For more information, check out Kobo’s website.

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KOBO EXPANDS eREADER FAMILY, ANNOUNCES THE NEW KOBO VOX WITH VIVID COLOR DISPLAY THE WORLD’S FIRST SOCIAL eREADER

  • INTRODUCING THE NEW KOBO VOX eREADER: INSPIRED BY  VOX POPULI; VOICE OF THE PEOPLE
  • START CONVERSATIONS AND ENGAGE WITH FRIENDS AND OTHER READERS AROUND THE WORLD, DISCOVER NEW BOOKS THROUGH FACEBOOK
  • ENJOY READING OUTDOORS WITH THE MOST ADVANCED 7 INCH AFFS+ MULTIMEDIA TOUCHSCREEN WITH ANTI-GLARE
  • READ IN VIVID COLOR WITH RICH CONTENT FOR ALL AGES INCLUDING COMICS, COOKBOOKS, TRAVEL GUIDES AND CHILDREN’S BOOKS WITH READ-ALONG TECHNOLOGY
  • EXPERIENCE MORE – BROWSE THE INTERNET, ACCESS EMAIL, FACEBOOK, TWITTER, LISTEN TO MUSIC, WATCH MOVIES, PLAY GAMES, READ NEWSPAPERS & MAGAZINES – PLUS ACCESS AN APP STORE WITH OVER 15,000 FREE APPS, ALL ON ANDROID
  • AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER TODAY IN CANADA AND THE US FOR THE LOW PRICE OF $199.99

TORONTO, October 19, 2011 – Kobo, a global leader in eReading with over 5 million users worldwide, today announced the New Kobo Vox eReader, the world’s first social eReader.  The Kobo Vox, inspired by “Vox Populi” meaning the voice of the people, 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 and offers even more content – rich color books, newspapers, magazines, games, music, video, games and social feeds – all on an open Android platform.

“Kobo Vox is the reader for your connected life, and opens the door to the next generation of eReading – social eReading – where books can come alive in color and conversation.  Readers can get more out of their experience by connecting with Kobo’s global community of book lovers.” said Michael Serbinis, CEO, Kobo.  “Plus, with Kobo Vox you have the freedom to connect with friends, listen to music, watch movies, play games and discover new apps with almost unlimited choices.”

A WORLD CLASS READING EXPERIENCE

Based on Kobo’s #1-rated Android eReading experience, Kobo Vox was built by readers for readers.  People can access their entire library on the go, in an easy to hold, lightweight design with a comfortable quilted back. The Kobo Vox comes in a selection of four contemporary, fun, new colors – Hot Pink, Lime Green, Ice Blue and Jet Black, giving a choice of options to reflect personal style, and delivers a superior user 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 has onboard storage for up to 8000 eBooks, with expandable storage to hold up to 40,000 books, and access to unlimited storage in the Kobo cloud.  With Kobo, you can read continuously across devices with free top rated Kobo apps available for most popular smartphones, tablets and computers.  Developed on Android 2.3, readers have the freedom to customize their experience to best suit their personal needs and preferences.

CAPTURING THE VOICE OF THE PEOPLE

Building on the industry leading social platform, Reading Life, users can now choose to connect with friends or create book clubs and discuss their favorite reads on Facebook, track their reading statistics, and unlock fun and exciting awards just for reading.  The recent innovation of Kobo Pulse™ takes social reading to a new level – readers can  feel the pulse of a book, start conversations, share comments and thoughts and leave reviews by ‘Liking’, ‘Disliking’ and/or commenting, real-time, with others who are reading the same book.  Kobo Pulse provides the ultimate source for book recommendations, as the suggestions come from friends and ‘like’ minded readers whose opinions and interests are similar and trusted.

Now, “The End” is never the end.  Kobo is the first eReading platform to be integrated with Facebook Ticker and Timeline to enable further reading discovery and entertainment.

THE MOST ADVANCED MULTIMEDIA TOUCHSCREEN

Featuring a brilliant multimedia touchscreen, 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 AFFS+ 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 and ideal for shared reading and viewing.

NOW READ IN VIVID COLOR

Kobo’s global ebookstore – 2.5 million books and over 1 million free – just got better with new color and enhanced multimedia content.  Discover a new world of reading with rich 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.  The Vox eReader includes three free color books, so people can start building their color library right away; there is a selection of dessert recipes for the chef-in-training in Sweet Dreams, Lonely Planet’s Europe Essentials for the avid traveler and Franklin and the Thunderstorm for young readers.

 

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 apps:

  • Magazines from Zinio® – plus 12 FREE popular magazines for Kobo Vox owners
  • Newspapers from PressReader™ – over 1,900 full newspapers from around the world – and a gift of 7 newspapers of your choice!
  • Unlimited music from RDIO®
  • Get social with Twitter® & Facebook®
  • Book lover must-have: Merriam Webster’s Dictionary
  • Games like Cut the Rope®
  • Apps – over 15,000 FREE apps
  • Kobo and Facebook widgets that sit right on the home screen
  • Access to more music and video services in the app store

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, AndroidÔphones, iPhonesÒ, iPadsÒ, Blackberry® Smartphones and PlayBooks.  Readers can also download their ebooks and read on a wide range of dedicated eReaders.

Consistent with our open philosophy, Kobo Vox offers full access to Android 2.3, and includes an open app store with over 15,000 FREE apps for Android.   With ultra-fast web browsing, the latest news, weather, and Hollywood gossip at your fingertips.  Plus, a full-featured email client supports POP, IMAP and Microsoft® ActiveSync so you can get all your personal email like Yahoo and Gmail and work email too!

AMAZING LOW PRICE OF $199.99, AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER STARTING TODAY

The Kobo Vox will begin rolling out internationally today, starting with the US and Canada.

In Canada, Kobo Vox is available for pre-order online at leading Kobo retail partners: Indigo Books & Music (www.indigo.ca), Future Shop (www.futureshop.ca), Best Buy (www.bestbuy.ca), and Kobo.com for a MSRP of $199.99

In the U.S., the Kobo Vox is  available for pre-order at Best Buy (www.bestbuy.com), Fry’s Electronics (www.frys.com), and at Kobo.com for a MSRP of $199.99.

For more information on Kobo and the new Kobo Vox eReader visit www.Kobo.com

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 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 eReaders are available at leading retailers, including Indigo, Walmart, Best Buy, Target, Future Shop, WHSmith, Collins Booksellers and Whitcoull’s.  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.