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Are you a bookworm whose thirst for new books never ends? This place is perfect for you. Rakuten Kobo Inc. is a Canadian company which sells e-books, e-readers, and tablet computers. Headquartered in Toronto, it is a subsidiary of the Japanese e-commerce conglomerate Rakuten. The name Kobo is an anagram of book.
The company started off as Shortcovers, a cloud e-reading service launched by the Canadian bookstore chain Indigo Books and Music in February 2009. A year later, Indigo renamed the company to Kobo and made it into an independent company. Indigo remained the majority owner, with investors including Borders Group, Cheung Kong Holdings, and REDgroup Retail taking minority stakes. Kobo offers a wide range of products for readers all around the world including ebooks, tablets, applications, and has a bookstore with hardcopy books.
The company produces several e-readers with e-paper screens. Its lineup consist of the base model Kobo Touch, the smaller Kobo Mini, and the Kobo Glo, which has an illuminated screen, Kobo Aura; the Kobo Aura HD, which adds a higher resolution screen; and the waterproof Kobo Aura H2O. These e-readers are of high quality and are good enough to compete with the Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook product lines. The readers use Wi-Fi to sync a user's book collection and bookmarks with Kobo's cloud service. It can also be accessed from Kobo e-reading apps for Windows and OS X computers and Android, iOS, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone smartphones.
The company also produces tablets for the users for reading their favourite books anywhere they want. It introduced the Kobo Arc family of Android tablets, in 2012 and refreshed in 2013. It also sold the Kobo Vox, a 7-inch Android tablet which was released in 2011. Kobo offers its own applications for readings on the devices which are available for Windows and OS X computers and Android, iOS, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone smartphones. Last year, Kobo received a Top Developer badge in the Google Play store.
Kobo opened its first bookstore in 2010 which is localized for 16 countries and has 4 million titles. Content sold on the Kobo Bookstore include eBooks, newspapers, and magazines. The majority of titles are sold in the open ePub format, albeit with DRM. A lot of book stores have moved to Kobo’s digital bookstore which includes stores like the defunct Borders eBook Store as well as the Sony Reader Store. Both have provided tools for users to migrate purchases and information to Kobo's offering.
After years of experience in the field, Kobo realized the need of publishing tools for the users to publish their own books. Hence, it launched a self-publishing platform called Kobo Writing Life. It has different key features that makes publishing better. Deep analytics allows authors to track sales in real time; a learning center to guide newcomers in digital publishing; and allowing an author to sell books globally. Kobo Writing Life has published about 250,000 books written by 30,000 authors which originate from 157 countries and the books have been published in 69 languages.
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