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Stop searching, start discovering

Every time you read, listen, or watch, Kobo Arc learns what you like and delivers more for you to love. Kobo Arc will help find new music, movies, and articles connected to the media you’ve already pinned to your Tapestries.

Discovery at your fingertips

Finding new eBooks, movies, and music can be time consuming and confusing. But Tapestries (Kobo Arc’s exclusive new interface) eliminates all of that and makes discovering new content and media a breeze. Because Kobo Arc truly gets to know you – the real you and not just your purchase history – Tapestries can recommend new content that you’ll actually find interesting.

While other companies might be satisfied with relying on general popularity for their recommendations, Kobo pays attention to what you like. Say you’ve been pinning content about guitars to your Tapestries; we’ll find you fantastic eBooks, movies, web articles, and songs that reference guitars and deliver them directly to the Discovery Ribbon on your home screen. Becoming an expert has never been easier!

Start searching, start discovering

Introducing Tapestries

Stop digging through your collection. Kobo Arc keeps all of your content on the surface so you never have to search for it; everything’s right there on your home screen. Kobo’s exclusive interface, Tapestries, allows you to organize your content thematically and pin media you find interesting into customized groups. Tapestries also figures out what you’re interested in, based on what you’ve pinned and collected, and suggests content that appeals to your personal interests.

Curate your collection

Let’s say you’re going on vacation. Now you can plan your trip with Tapestries and organize your vacation-related content. It’s as simple as creating a Travel Tapestry and pinning pictures, articles, and hotel or flight details so you can review all your planning in one place. Add music, movies, and eBooks to create a complete picture of your dream vacation.

No matter what you’re into, Tapestries lets you create and manage your own personalized experience. Plus, it recommends content so you can keep learning about and enjoying everything you love.

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Resolution for real life

When it comes to vivid viewing, Kobo Arc can’t be beat. With over 1 million pixels on 7" 1280x800 HD display with 215 ppi, every word and image is crisp and clear. Zoom in on high-res images to see the finer details. Check the ropes on a hot-air balloon or the dew drops on a flower petal for true-to-life imagery. In-Plane-Switching (IPS) ensures all the rich detail of life, including deep contrast and intense colours, look their best, especially at wide viewing angles. Plus, Kobo Arc has also been designed to reduce glare by up to 29%. It’s truly a complete multimedia viewing experience.

A million colour rainbow

Most tablets use a standard setup that only displays 262,000 colours. But Kobo Arc takes the full-colour experience of a vibrant display to the next level with over 16 million colours, so you can distinguish between teal and turquoise like a pro. Kobo Arc’s colour display truly is superior to most other tablets. And it’s a difference that makes every high-res image, every HD video, and every snapshot look their best, at any angle.

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Smooth operator

With a blazingly quick 1.5 GHz TI OMAP 4470 processor, and 1 GB of low-power RAM, Kobo Arc is the fastest dual-core 7” tablet on the market. Unlike Kindle Fire, when you launch an app, it’ll be up and running right away. Kobo Arc offers lag-free navigation every time and goes beyond responsive for an ultra fast, seamless web and multi-tasking experience. Graphics are smooth and scenery is just as stunning as in real life, thanks to the POWERVR™ SGX544 3D graphics core.

Maximize your storage

There’s no such thing as over-packing

Store as much media as you like on your Kobo Arc with a choice of 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB models. Kobo Arc is the only 7" tablet that offers 64 GB of flash memory storage right out of the box. Now you can take thousands of eBooks, tons of HD movies, high-quality audio files, and images with you wherever you go. And, of course, you can download more anywhere there’s a hotspot.

A battery that lasts

Play all day

Kobo Arc has staying power. Kobo Arc’s battery can stand up to 10 hours of reading or two weeks on standby. And the best part? The dual-core processor won’t sap your battery, so you can multi-task to your heart’s content without disruption.

Cinematic sound

Immerse yourself in sound with Kobo Arc. Whereas typical tablets position their speakers on the bottom or back of the device, so sound streams away, Kobo Arc’s built-in front-facing speakers direct sound toward your ears so you catch every last whisper with incredible clarity. Enhance the audio experience with SRS TruMedia™*, a feature-rich audio solution tuned specifically for tablet devices, so each sound cuts through the background din in full, rich volume. Surround yourself with sound in an incredible, cinematic headphone experience. Who knew audio could be so huge? Kobo did. That’s why Kobo Arc is the ultimate multimedia entertainment tablet experience.

*SRS TruMedia technology is incorporated under license from SRS Labs, Inc.

Front-facing stereo speakers
Built for Skype

Designed for chatterboxes

Kobo Arc’s front-facing 720p HD resolution camera and spectacular front-facing speakers were designed to optimize video chat. Connect with friends and family across the globe with free face-to-face video chats, and capture every detail, every nuanced facial expression, and every word, so every Skype call feels like the real deal. Until we invent teleportation, this is as close to in-person as it gets via the web.

Skype

Millions of eBooks

Be sure to check out our collection of kids' and young adults' titles.

Millions of eBooks are just a tap away

10 million readers can’t be wrong. At Kobo, we’re proud to have an enormous eBook selection of over 3 million titles globally, including over 1 million free eBooks. As one of the biggest eBookstores in the world, there’s an eBook for every taste from new releases, bestsellers, award winners, classics, and hidden gems. You’re bound to find your next favourite read!

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Better than a paper book

Just like paper books, you can easily highlight and make annotations on your favourite passages within the pages of a Kobo eBook. But eBooks go one step further with in-page dictionary look-ups, direct links to your social network, and the ability to sync your bookmarks to other devices.

Play with your fonts

With hundreds of ways to customize your eReading experience, it’s safe to say that Kobo Arc offers the most personalized reading experience. Choose from 3 font styles and 15 sizes on a 215 ppi HD display to create your ideal reading experience. Plus, thanks to seamless page turns, automatic bookmarks, adjustable fonts, and text so razor sharp you can throw away your glasses, Kobo Arc offers an unrivalled reading experience.

Adapts to you

Create your own ideal reading experience with the fully adjustable Kobo Arc. Choose your page colour (sepia tone, anyone?) or switch to night mode, it’s up to you! Even adjust the screen’s brightness. And if you prefer to read in landscape (portrait can be such a bore), simply turn your device and your eBook’s orientation will change instantly.

Personalize your reading experience
Read everywhere

Read across your devices

If you’ve ever forgotten your eReader at home, you’ll appreciate free Kobo eReading apps. Now you can access your entire library, including your bookmarks, from any open device and pick up right where you left off! Read on your Mac or PC computer, or Apple, Android, and BlackBerry smartphones and tablets. It’s seamless!

Your eBooks are your eBooks

Kobo believes in freedom. That’s why when you buy a Kobo eBook, it's yours to do with as you please. You’re free to read your eBooks on any open device or eReader, even if we didn’t make it. They’re your eBooks after all!

Over 675,000 apps, 20 million songs, and thousands of movies

Multimedia extravaganza: over 675,000 apps, 20 million songs, and thousands of movies

Kobo Arc is a multi-tasking, multimedia tablet that’s smooth as silk with a 1.5 GHz processor. Video and audio look and sound their best thanks to an HD screen and powerful front-facing speakers. And you can switch back and forth between apps, videos, eBooks, and the web effortlessly.

How big is your app-etite?

Access over 700,000 apps with Google Play™*. Kobo Arc never limits your access, so you always get up-to-the-minute apps and updates. Plus, since Kobo Arc is built on Android, every app works the way it should without having to adapt to tablet-specific platforms.

Your handheld multiplex theatre

Download and stream your favourite movies in full HD on Kobo Arc’s 7” 215 ppi screen that displays in over 16 million colours. With dual-core graphics processing, your videos will play smoothly. No more glitches, hiccups, or uncomfortable pauses, just fantastic playback! Complete the cinematic experience with incredible sound, rumbling bass, and a pitch-perfect soundtrack thanks to SRS TruMedia and Kobo Arc’s incredible front-facing speakers.

Your handheld multiplex theatre
Now you are the DJ

Now you are the DJ

Whether you’re a little bit country, or a little bit rock and roll, your favourite songs will sound incredible thanks to front-facing speakers and SRS TruMedia, which provide a cinematic surround-sound headphones experience. Get into the bass, get into the funk, with Kobo Arc! And access over 20 million songs with 7Digital preloaded, so your collection can keep on growing and growing.

*Google Play is a registered trademark of Google Inc.

The complete package

Kobo Arc was designed with you in mind. With a durable HD screen that’s resistant to damage, drops, and bumps, Kobo Arc fits into your busy life and will survive anything you throw at it. Take as many of your eBooks, movies, music, apps, and magazines with you as you like, with a choice of 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB models. Kobo Arc has the most storage options of any 7” model on the market because we know you want your media close at hand everywhere you go. Plus, at 4.7” wide and 364 grams, Kobo Arc is perfectly palm-sized (and .7” skinner than the Kindle Fire HD), making it the perfect travel companion.

Designed for real life
Personalize your Kobo Arc

Dress up your Kobo Arc

There’s a full range of colourful accessories to dress up and protect your Kobo Arc.

Kobo SnapBacks - Get personal with your Kobo Arc. Kobo SnapBacks are interchangeable back plates that make it quick and easy to change the look of your device. Pick the colour that fits your mood (or your wardrobe).

Kobo SleepCover - It’s the book-style case that turns your Kobo Arc on and off when you open and close the cover. An integrated stand even allows for hands-free viewing, so it’s perfect for watching movies or reading in bed. Plus, specially designed Kobo Fit Clips cradle Kobo Arc, maximizing the protection from unexpected bumps during travel.

A thing of beauty is a joy forever

At Kobo, we pride ourselves on the beauty of our devices that are designed with readers and tablet users in mind. That’s why Kobo Arc is so light and sleek. Plus, with a raised edge and a soft back in Kobo’s signature quilt pattern, Kobo Arc is incredibly comfortable to touch and hold. You may actually have trouble putting it down.

Beautiful design

The web the way it was meant to be read

Who likes reading the web with ads popping up constantly? No one, that’s who! That’s why Kobo Arc focuses on the content, not the ads, with a special web browser feature that strips away all advertising so you can read every web page and article without distraction.

Ad-free web reading

Share and share alike

Stories are even better when you share them. With Kobo Pulse for Kobo Arc, you can share your favourite passages, insights, and ideas with fellow readers right within the pages of your eBooks. Kobo Pulse can be integrated with your Facebook account so you can seamlessly post your thoughts to your Facebook Timeline and get all of your friends in on your literary thoughts. Plus, with Reading Life you can earn awards just for reading, track your reading stats, and get to know a little more about your reading habits. It’s the latest in digital book clubs.

Social reading

Kobo Arc Technical Specs

Available colours

Black and white.

Connectivity

Wi Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Micro USB cable.

Audio

Built-in dual front-facing speakers and universal 3.5 mm stereo headphone jack with SRS TruMedia™ sound.

Device size

189 X 120 X 11.5 mm (7.4 x 4.7 x 0.5 in)

Weight

364 g. (12.8 oz)

Diagonal display size

7” multi-touch IPS display.

Screen qualities

1280 x 800 HD resolution; 215 ppi; displays 16.4 million colours; clarity at extra wide viewing angles (+/-) 89 degrees.

Camera

720p HD front-facing camera (1.3 MP). Autofocus. Face detection with Face Unlock. Skype™ Certified.

Navigation

Home, back, and menu touch sensors. Power and volume buttons.

Processor

1.5 GHz dual core processor. 1 GB RAM.

Graphics and video

Dual-core graphics. Up to 1080p video playback. Support for 3D games.

Operating System

Open access to Android™ 4.0.

Storage

 16, 32, and 64 GB models.

Battery life

10 hours of reading and 2 weeks of standby.

Content

over 4 million books

Social reading

Reading Life™, Kobo Pulse™, Facebook Timeline.

Fonts

TypeGenius, font tuning engine designed for the best readability. Choice of 3 font styles, 15 font sizes, adjustable font sizes, and weight.

Advanced features

Android customization features such as resizable widgets and Face Unlock. SRS TruMedia™ sound specifically tuned for tablets.

Software

Tapestries — Kobo’s exclusive interface for easy content discovery.

Supported file formats

Books: ePUB, including fixed layout and enhanced ePUB.
Images: JPG, PNG, GIF, BMP.
Audio: MP#, AAC, AAC+, MP3,.3gp, mp4, m4a, flac, ogg, wav, mid.
Video Formats: 3gp, mp4, webm, H.263, H.264, VP8.

Web browsing

Android 4.0 web browser.

Media

Music Player, Photo Gallery, Video Player. SRS TruMedia™ that provides a wider sound field, deeper bass, and natural stereo sound. 5.1 surround sound support over headphones.

Pre-loaded apps

Facebook, Twitter, and Skype. Stream music from Rdio, access your magazines and newspapers through Zinio and PressReader. Google apps: Google Play, Gmail, YouTube, Google Maps, Street View, Calendar, Contacts, Google+, and Google Chat.

In the box

Kobo Arc, AC power adapter, documentation.

The Kobo Advantage

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Screen

7" (1280 x 800)

7" (1280 x 800)

7" (1280 x 800)

Size

119 mm (4.7 in) width, fits easily in one hand.

17 mm (0.7" wider)

2.54 mm (0.1" wider)

Weight

Light and compact. 364 g. (12.8 oz)

395 g. (13.9 oz)

340 g. (11.9 oz)

Storage

16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB models.

16 GB, 32 GB

16 GB, 32 GB

Processor

Fast 1.5 GHz dual-core processor.

1.3 GHz.

1.3 GHz.

Ad-free

No ads period. Why should you pay extra for an ad-free experience?

Annoying full-screen ads

Yes

AC adaptor

Yes

No

Yes

Tapestries

Organize your content thematically.

No

No

Discovery

Recommendations tailored to your interests, not just purchase history.

No

No

Android

Open access to Android.

No

Yes

Personalization

Mix and match with Kobo SnapBacks.

No

No

*SRS TruMedia is incorporated under license from SRS Labs, Inc.
**Android, Gmail, YouTube and other marks are trademarks of Google, Inc.

Frequently asked questions

Everything you wanted to know about Kobo Arc

  1. Can I upgrade my Kobo Vox to the Kobo Arc?

    Unfortunately, the breakthrough Tapestries user experience and Discovery technology are highly integrated into the Kobo Arc hardware and software. However, we are committed to supporting the Kobo Vox and will be delivering many new feature enhancements over the coming year.

  2. What is Google Now?

    With the launch of Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Google introduced Google Now. It’s an exclusive service that delivers information, updates, and reminders to you based on your interests and needs. Google Now can plan your drive to work around heavy traffic or fill you in on local restaurants. It’s the perfect complement to Tapestries: putting everything you need, all in one place.

  3. Why should I buy a Kobo Arc tablet?

    Kobo Arc is designed to simplify your life by bringing the content you love to the surface. It gives you a custom user experience that offers unmatched freedom to personalize and organize your content into visually dynamic themes. Enjoy eBooks, magazines, music, and movies on a brilliant HD screen optimized for all reading conditions. Kobo Arc also has a built-in discovery feature that actively finds new content connected to your evolving interests. You won’t need to spend time searching for that next great read or new song, as discovery does the work for you and brings it right to your fingertips.

  4. Which languages does Kobo Arc support?

    Kobo Arc is a truly international Tablet. At first launch, Kobo Arc will be available in English, French, German, Spanish, Dutch, Italian, and Portuguese. Plus, we’re going to be launching more language support shortly, so stay tuned!

  5. Can I use my existing Kobo account with my new Kobo Arc?

    Absolutely! If you are already a Kobo user, simply use your account to sign into your new device, access your library, buy new eBooks, and earn awards on Reading Life.

  6. I find reading on screens super annoying, so why would I like the Kobo Arc? What makes it better?

    Forget everything you ever thought about reading on a screen. The Kobo Arc experience has the advantage of crisp, sharp fonts that you can adjust to suit your reading needs — and they are displayed in over 16 million vibrant colours. Adjust brightness and nighttime reading mode to make reading more comfortable in low light. Plus, no print book comes with a built-in dictionary, highlighter, or Kobo Pulse — the Internet’s largest digital book club where you can share your insights with other readers right within the pages. It’s the reading experience you already know and love with the added benefits of quick taps to turn pages, annotations, and social network integration.

  7. What’s the battery life like for the Kobo Arc battery?

    The Kobo Arc battery will last for 10 hours of continuous reading or 2 weeks on standby.

  8. How many eBooks can the Kobo Arc hold?

    Out of the box, the 16 GB Kobo Arc comes with the storage capacity for up to 12,600 eBooks.* Not enough for you? No problem! Kobo Arc is also available in 32 GB and 64 GB. If you run out of space, simply delete the eBooks. Don’t worry, though! Thanks to Kobo Everywhere, your eBooks are stored safely in the cloud so you can add them back later if you want!

    *These calculations are based on the assumption that 1 ePub = 1 MB, 1 song = 7.68 MB, 1 movie = 614 MB.

  9. How many songs, movies, or apps can the Kobo Arc hold?

    Out of the box with the 16 GB model, the Kobo Arc has the storage capacity for approximately 1,800 songs. If you prefer to watch movies, that’s the equivalent of about 20 movies on the go.

  10. How do I buy eBooks? How much do eBooks cost?

    Like any bricks-and-mortar bookstore, browsing and buying eBooks is simple. The Kobo eBookstore gives you access to over 4 million eBooks, including new releases, bestsellers, newspapers, and magazines. All eBooks are organized into easy to browse categories and are competitively priced with print books. Once you’ve found the eBook you want, click buy, and after the payment has been processed, the eBook will be downloaded to your library. It can be accessed from your Kobo Arc, Kobo eReader, or any of our Kobo eReading apps!

  11. Aren’t eReaders better for reading? Why should I choose the Kobo Arc over an eReader?

    It all depends on what you’re looking for. Are you a reader with passion? Do you want to surf the web, stream music, and movies or read a digital magazine? Then you’ll love Kobo Arc. From music, movies, web, games and apps to full-colour books and literary marvels, Kobo Arc can do it all!

  12. What about daytime reading?

    Kobo Arc is perfect for reading both day and night! Using bright IPS screen technology, Kobo Arc is great for reading outdoors. Adjust the brightness or switch to night vision with a simple tap. With the HD display, text is so sharp that it reads better than print on paper.

  13. Are there any accessories that can help protect my Kobo Arc?

    There sure are! Not only does our range of accessories protect your Kobo Arc, but they’re pretty stylish and functional, too. Express yourself with a choice of interchangeable Kobo SnapBacks and a full range of incredible accessories.

  14. What apps are pre-loaded on Kobo Arc?

    As soon as you start up your Kobo Arc you’ll be able to sign into Facebook, Twitter, and Skype. Stream music from Rdio and access your magazines and newspapers through Zinio. You’ll have access to Google apps: Google Play, Gmail, YouTube, Maps, StreetView, Calendar, Contacts, Google+, and Google Chat. Press Display, Merriam Webster Dictionary, and Readability will also be immediately available.

  15. If I buy my Kobo Arc in one country, can I use it anywhere in the world?

    Of course! That’s the meaning of Read Freely. You see, at Kobo, we believe that your books are your books. No matter where you go, you’ll always have full access to your library. Want to buy more eBooks while travelling? Just connect to any Wi Fi hotspot and you’ll gain access to the local Kobo eBookstore. The only thing to really keep in mind is that if your Kobo Arc runs out of juice, you’ll need an adaptor to plug it in if you’re in a country that uses different power cords.

  16. How do I side load content to my Kobo Arc?

    Sideloading is simple, but works differently depending on what kind of computer you use. If you’re a Mac, all you have to do is download and install Android File Transer software from www.android.com/filetransfer. Just follow the instructions and you’re good to go. If you’re a PC users, you won’t need any extra software. Simply connect your Kobo Arc to your computer with a USB cable, and transfer your open eBooks, music, movies, and files onto your Kobo Arc and back again.

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Kobo Reading Life
Read. Discover. Collect. Share.

Kobo Reading Life is an exclusive, enriched reading experience designed to tap into your passion for reading and to enrich your eBook, magazine, and multimedia experience. Unique to Kobo, there's no better way to read, discover your next great title, collect and organize your eBooks and articles, and share what you're reading with others.

Collections

Get more from the story with Collections. Dive deeper with carefully curated content experiences that revolve around a theme such as an author, genre, or subject matter.

Featured Collections provide you with recommended content experiences from leading literary voices. You'll discover amazing new titles and enrich your literary life. All Featured Collections have been lovingly assembled and reviewed by Kobo to deliver a unique experience that pushes your passion further. And if there's something that really fires your passion, build your own Collections around it.

Beyond the Book

Connect to the story like never before. Beyond the Book offers a rich reading experience that offers Readers the backstory to their current read. Simply tap highlighted words and get web articles, related books, and authors that are thematically linked to the subject of the highlighted word. Beyond the Book is truly an immersive reading experience.