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Kobo bought by Japan’s Rakuten for $315 million

Kobo bought by Japan’s Rakuten for $315 million

The Kobo e-reader, which currently competes with Amazon's Kindle and the Barnes & Noble Nook, may be getting a boost soon with new backing from Japan's version of Amazon, a large e-commerce operator called Rakuten. The Japanese company is purchasing Kobo for $315 million and intends to rapidly grow its user base around the world.

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Kobo Vox takes on Kindle Fire with sub-$200 tag

Kobo Vox takes on Kindle Fire with sub-$200 tag

Ereader firm Kobo has announced the Kobo Vox, the company's latest Android-based ereader. Previewed last month with a premature store listing, the Vox features a 7-inch 1024 x 600 display, 800MHz Freescale iMX51 processor, 8GB of internal storage and 512MB of RAM, and runs a reskinned version of Android 2.3 Gingerbread, all for under $200.

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Kobo Vox caught online ahead of Kindle Fire challenge

Kobo Vox caught online ahead of Kindle Fire challenge

Ereader manufacturer Kobo's alternative to the Kindle Fire, the Kobo Vox, has been prematurely revealed, an Android-based tablet expected to retail at under CA$250. Spotted on a hurriedly-yanked product page at Canadian retailer Future Shop (still visible in Google's cache), the 7-inch Vox runs at 1024 x 600 resolution with WiFi b/g/n and will supposedly hit shelves on October 17.

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Kobo Reading Life expanded for Facebook during f8 2011

Kobo Reading Life expanded for Facebook during f8 2011

This week the folks at Facebook released a firestorm of updates for their social networking environment including enhancements to both the user interface on their webpage and to their apps. As part of the apps expansion, the eReading specialists at Kobo have announced to their 4.9 million users worldwide that they'll be working with Facebook in the near future to provide both integration and ease with and for Facebook, particularly through their Kobo Reading Life app.

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Kobo Circumvents Apple With HTML 5 Web App

Kobo Circumvents Apple With HTML 5 Web App

Several major e-book publisher apps, including Amazon's Kindle, Google Books, and Barnes & Noble Nook, had their store links stripped away yesterday as Apple's new in-app purchasing policy was laid down in full force. The Kobo store and e-reader was among these apps, but today announced an HTML5 web app alternative for customers to continue purchasing e-books from the Kobo store in a convenient way.

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Kindle, WSJ, Spotify iOS apps & more lose store links

Kindle, WSJ, Spotify iOS apps & more lose store links

Multiple iOS apps have been updated this weekend to remove in-app purchasing links, with the WSJ, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Spotify and others apparently complying with Apple's stricter rules. Apple quietly updated its terms & conditions back in June, no longer preventing services from selling content outside of apps - as had been originally the case - but insisting that in-app links to external stores be removed.

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Kobo Touch ereader revealed: 6-inch touchscreen for $130

Kobo Touch ereader revealed: 6-inch touchscreen for $130

Kobo has unveiled its latest ereader, the Kobo Touch, and as the name suggests the main difference is that you can now jab at the screen rather than physical controls. The company has done away with all but the home button, with the 6-inch E Ink Pearl display using a Neonode-sourced touch panel and getting its content via WiFi.

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HTCSense.com app store tipped as HTC eye smartphone ebook/software market?

HTCSense.com app store tipped as HTC eye smartphone ebook/software market?

HTC are tipped to be developing their own App Store, which would offer not only smartphone software but ebook and emagazine content. According to the Financial Times' sources, HTC is already recruiting "content editors" for the online store, with a core Taiwan-based team paving the way for around 100 people spread around the world.

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Borders offers gift card with eReader purchase and other special deals

Borders offers gift card with eReader purchase and other special deals

Borders has announced some special deals on some of the eReaders that it sells. The company is offering up a $25 gift card to all who purchase the Velocity Micro Cruz tablet. The tablet is up for pre-order right now at a price of $299.99. That tablet runs Android and has a 7-inch screen and can play video, music, surf the web and acts as an eReader.

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BlackBerry PlayBook to Feature Kobo eReader Service Pre-Loaded

BlackBerry PlayBook to Feature Kobo eReader Service Pre-Loaded

While the announcement of the tablet device from Research In Motion, known as the PlayBook, is still hot in some people's minds, it looks like company's tied to the release of the tablet are starting to show their support. After Amazon announced that they would be making the Kindle software available for the PlayBook after its launch, Kobo is making their own announcement. But this time around, this eReader service will be made available right out of the gate, from the device.

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Borders Kobo Wireless eReader due November 1st for $140

Borders Kobo Wireless eReader due November 1st for $140

Borders has announced pre-orders for their latest ebook reader, the Kobo Wireless eReader.  Like the previous Kobo model, the new ereader has access to Border's 1.5m ebook titles; however it can now also browse and download them over WiFi.

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Netronix WiFi ereader live photos spotted

Netronix WiFi ereader live photos spotted

Netronix's FCC confidentiality agreement with the FCC has expired, and that means we get to see the WiFi-toting ereader first spotted back in early June.  Although various model numbers are mentioned, most eye-catching is this, the booq WiFi, which obviously has wireless connectivity as well as an E Ink display.

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