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September 7, 2012

Kobo introduces new series eReading devices

Kobo Arc is powered by Android 4.0 platform tweaked with Tapestries

By CBR Staff Writer

Toronto-based eReading firm Kobo has introduced new series of its eReading devices including, Kobo Glo, Kobo Mini, Kobo Touch and the Kobo Arc.

Kobo CEO Michael Serbinis said: "The new Kobo Family provides more choice for booklovers and a superior eReading and content discovery experience – truly, an eReader for Everyone."

The new device Kobo Glo comes with an adjustable ComfortLight technology to enable consumers to read books on a no-glare XGA high-resolution 6" E Ink screen.

It also includes page-turning features, E Ink technology, customisable fonts and Wi Fi connectivity that will allow consumers to explore and discover recommendations in the Kobo eBookstore.

Kobo Mini is a 5" E Ink eReader which can hold up to 1,000 eBooks and is suitable for people on-the-go and young adults, the company said.

The new Kobo Arc is a 7" high-definition device that is powered by Android 4.0 platform and comes with a Kobo-developed interface called Tapestries.

Tapestries will use an intelligent cross-media recommendations engine in order to respond to the user’s "pinned" content to recommend related videos, movies, books, webpages and other related content.

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Kobo Arc comes with front-facing speakers with SRS TruMedia, a built-in microphone, 1.3 MP camera and offers up to 10 hours of continuous reading or video play and two weeks on stand.

It also includes Google Play and pre-loaded apps including Facebook, Twitter, Rdio, Zinio and PressReader.

Kobo Touch is a touch-screen eReader that includes Kobo’s new software to personalise the reading experience, get recommendations and discover new content.

It is available in seven languages including English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, and Japanese.

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