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Kobo and National Book Store Announce Partnership to Bring World-Class eReading Platform to the Philippines

September 11, 2013

Manila, September 10, 2013Kobo, a global leader in eReading, and National Book Store, today announced 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 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 award-winning 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.


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.


Kobo’s world class eBookstore, which can be found at, features 4 million titles from around the world including international and local Filipino bestsellers. The ever-expanding title list continues to grow as Kobo continuously forges new partnerships with publishers and authors around the world. Additionally, Kobo’s self-publishing platform, Kobo Writing Life, allows independent authors to easily self-publish their work, have full control over pricing, and make their work available to an international audience.

About Kobo Inc.

Kobo Inc. is one of the world’s fastest-growing eReading services offering 4 million eBooks, magazines and newspapers to millions of customers in 190 countries. Believing that consumers should have the freedom to read any book on any device, Kobo provides consumers with a choice when reading. Kobo offer an eReader for everyone with a wide variety of E Ink eReaders and Google-Certified Android tablets to suit any Reader’s style including the award-winning Kobo Touch™, Kobo Mini, Kobo Glo, Kobo Aura, Kobo Aura HD, Kobo Arc, Kobo Arc 7, Kobo Arc 7HD, and Kobo Arc 10HD. Along with the company’s free top-ranking eReading apps for Apple®, BlackBerry®, Android®, and Windows®, Kobo ensures the next great read is just a page-turn away. Headquartered in Toronto and owned by Tokyo-based Rakuten, Kobo eReaders can be found in major retail chains around the world. For more information, visit

About National Book Store

National Book Store, the undisputed category leader with over 150 stores nationwide, takes special pride in the institution’s role as a staunch supporter and promoter of education and reading. Serving as a partner in education and profession to generations of Filipinos, National Book Store continues to provide the best and widest selection of books, school and office supplies and other educational and professional products. Customers can shop online at, follow National Book Store on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@nbsalert) for the latest events, promos and contests.

Media Contact:

Chad Dee

National Book Store

631.8061 to 66 loc. 173

René d’Entremont

Kobo Inc.

416-977-8737 x 3587

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