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Kobo launches ebooks, devices in India 

18 October 2013

Kobo has entered the ereading market in India, with a number of its ereading devices now available from bookselling chains Crossword and WH Smith, and electronics retailer Croma. In a statement,...

Whitcoulls suspends ebookstore

17 October 2013

New Zealand bookselling chain Whitcoulls has suspended its Kobo-powered ebookstore due to ‘recent publicity surrounding ebook publishing through automated feeds provided by Kobo’. In a statement on the Whitcoulls website,...

Kobo removes all self-published titles from UK store 

16 October 2013

Kobo has removed all self-published titles from its UK store following WH Smith’s decision to take its website offline while it removes explicit ebooks provided by the retailer, reports the Bookseller....

Kobo appoints managing director for Australia, NZ 

26 September 2013

Kobo has appointed Stephanie Ogden as managing director of Kobo Asia-Pacific and South Africa, which includes responsibility for the Australian and New Zealand markets. Ogden, who has 19 years’ experience...

Ogden joins Kobo 

26 September 2013

Stephanie Ogden has been appointed as managing director of Kobo Asia-Pacific and South Africa, which includes responsibility for the Australian and New Zealand markets. Ogden, who has previously worked for...

Kobo to launch ebooks, devices in the Philippines 

11 September 2013

Kobo will enter the Philippines ereading market this month, with a number of its ereading devices to be available from bookselling chain National Book Store from 20 September. Kobo said in a...

Kobo now selling devices direct in Australia, New Zealand 

31 July 2013

Australian and New Zealand consumers can now purchase Kobo ereading devices directly from The company announced this week that all of its devices, including the recently-launched, high-definition Kobo Aura, are...

Jon Page on the digital future for booksellers

15 May 2013

Pages & Pages general manager Jon Page is stepping down as president of the Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) in June. In his final ‘President’s report’ in the ABA’s News on...

The ebook experience: pricing and marketing 

5 April 2013

Last year, Ruth Jelley interviewed several Australian fiction publishers—one large multinational, one medium-sized independent and one small independent—about their digital publishing programs. In this edited extract from her master’s thesis,...

Tamblyn appointed chief content officer at Kobo 

14 February 2013

In Canada, Michael Tamblyn has been appointed as chief content officer at ebook provider Kobo. The company said in a statement that Tamblyn’s promotion will make him responsible for ‘content acquisition...

New Kobo devices available at Collins 

9 January 2013

Collins Booksellers are now selling the ‘Kobo Family’ devices. This includes the Kobo Touch, along with new devices the Kobo Glo, a front-lit, six-inch ereader; the Kobo Mini, a five-inch ereader; and...