Kobo and National Book Store have announced that the companies will bring Kobo’s digital reading ecosystem to the Philippines. The partnership is the first of its kind to come to the growing eReading market.
Kobo’s award-winning Kobo Touch, Kobo Glo and Kobo Arc eReading devices will be exclusively available at select National Book Store locations, Powerbooks, and online at nationalbookstore.com. Through the partnership, readers will have access to Kobo’s eBookstore, which has 4 million titles across 68 languages and includes international and local bestsellers.
“Digital reading is only just emerging in the Philippines,” said Todd Humphrey, EVP of Business Development, Kobo. “With Kobo and National Book Store, consumers can – for the first time ever – access a world of international content and look forward to their local authors and publishers making their work available in digital formats. We are committed to delivering a world-class eReading experience to the Filipino market, and look forward to working with National Book Store as we help people read more – any time, any place, and on any device.”
“National Book Store takes pride in being the first to bring Kobo’s world class digital reading experience to the Philippines. These cutting edge eReaders will certainly provide a new way for Filipino students and book lovers to enjoy books, magazines and newspapers,” says Xandra Ramos-Padilla, Purchasing Director, National Book Store.
Along with Kobo’s top-ranked apps for iOS, Android, Microsoft, and BlackBerry platforms, Kobo devices are designed to meet the unique needs of the most passionate Readers.
The Kobo Touch eReader is equipped with an anti-glare 6″ Pearl E Ink touchscreen that offers the closest experience to reading print on paper and is easy on the eyes – even in bright sunlight.
The thin and lightweight Kobo Touch is highly portable and offers many ways to personalize the reading experience, get book recommendations, and discover new content.
Available in black, blue and lilac, the Kobo Touch has a battery life of up to one month and has 2 GB of internal memory for the storage of up to 1,000 books, with the option to expand to 32 GB with a microSD card.
The front-lit Kobo Glo eReader offers the most even and adjustable ComfortLight technology to enable people to read anytime – day or night. Its durable screen and customizable fonts and page-turning features make it the perfect eReader for the most passionate booklovers.
The Kobo Glo uses E Ink technology, and its no-glare XGA high-resolution 6″ E Ink screen provides an experience that is just like reading print on paper. The device easily connects to Wi Fi allowing consumers to explore and discover recommendations in the Kobo eBookstore. Available in Black or White with a selection of stylish back colours – Pink Sunset, Blue Moon, Silver Star – the Kobo Glo has a battery life of up to one month and has 2 GB of internal memory for the storage of up to 1,000 books, with the option to expand to 32 GB with a microSD card.
KOBO ARC (P9,149)
For readers who want a full multimedia experience, the Kobo Arc is the perfect Google-certified, 7″ Android 4.1.1 (Jelly Bean) multimedia tablet offering great ways to discover content – books, movies, TV shows, music, web pages and more.
Tapestries – Kobo’s exclusive interface on the Kobo Arc – uses a cross-media engine to recommend related content based on what users ‘pin’ to their Tapestries. The high-definition display delivers crisp, sharp text and its 16 million color capability brings photos and videos to life. The Kobo Arc, with its front-facing speakers and SRS TruMedia, as well as its built-in microphone and camera, offers up to 10 hours of continuous reading or video play or two weeks on standby. The 16 GB Kobo Arc is available in black.
WORLD CLASS EBOOK STORE
Kobo’s eBookstore, which can be found at nationalbookstore.com.ph/kobo, features 4 million titles from around the world including international and local Filipino bestsellers.
Images from Kobo website.