True-to-life reading experience in a portable and lightweight eReader.
On May 23, 2011, Toronto’s Kobo, the global eReading leader, announced the launch of its new eReader Touch Edition. The first ever international device is available in six languages (including French, German, Spanish and Italian) and comes with a choice of colors: lilac, blue, silver, onyx and black.
“This is the first eReader you can put in your pocket, take with you anywhere and read for hours just like a real book, with ultimate comfort and no distraction,” said Michael Serbinis, Chief Executive Officer of Kobo Inc. in a press release. “The new Kobo eReader is designed for people who love to read.”
Thanks to its new intuitive touch interface, users can turn the pages by simply swiping or tapping the screen; highlight and save content; search for words using the built-in Merriam-Webster Dictionary; zoom into images; increase font sizes and choose their favorite fonts; and quickly navigate through books or their entire library with the virtual keyboard.
The new eReader supports the ePub, PDF and Adobe DRM formats. It can store up to 30,000 books — with expandable memory — purchased in the Kobo store (or in other stores offering eBooks in the ePub format). This store boasts 2.3 million titles, newspapers and magazines, which are easily accessible with Wi Fi or USB. Finally, users have the option of borrowing and reading books from their local library.
Smart phones are not left behind. Kobo offers free eReading applications for the iPhone, Blackberry, Android and Palm Prē, allowing users to browse the Kobo store and download their favorite eBooks. And lovers of Facebook and Twitter may also share their Reading Life with friends and family.
Pre-orders available in Canada
Canadians can pre-order the new eReader online at Indigo, Best Buy and Walmart for $139 plus free shipping. The device should be available for in-store purchase at these stores and additional retail stores in early June, and will include a $10 Gift Card (while quantities last). For more information, visit Kobo.com.
About Kobo, Inc.
Kobo boasts one of the largest eReading catalogues in the world and has attracted 3.6 million users in 100 countries since its founding in December 2009. For more information, visit the official website.
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Cendrine Marrouat is a freelance writer/reviewer, blogger, published author and translator living in Canada. Official Website: http://www.cendrinemarrouat.com