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Rakuten Kobo expands digital reading offering in Taiwan and Hong Kong with Kobo Plus, the all-you-can-read and listen subscription

February 22, 2024

Readers in Taiwan and Hong Kong can now fit books into more parts of their day with read and listen subscription options for a low monthly fee

TORONTO February 22, 2024 – Leading digital reading retailer and publisher Rakuten Kobo announces the Taiwan and Hong Kong launches of Kobo Plus, the all-you-can-enjoy subscription offering booklovers unlimited access to over 1.5 million eBooks and over 150K audiobooks for a low monthly fee.

The Kobo Plus catalogue is ever-growing, with more titles being added to the collection each month. The service has three budget-friendly subscription plan offers:

  • Kobo Plus Read: Unlimited eBooks for $NT199
  • Kobo Plus Listen: Unlimited audiobooks for $NT199
  • Kobo Plus Read and Listen: Unlimited eBooks and audiobooks for $NT259

“Kobo Plus has excited book lovers globally with the opportunity to explore countless eBooks and audiobooks without limitations. With more than 10 years of experience in digital reading and more than seven with Kobo Plus, we have discovered that there's nothing more exciting for book lovers than saying ‘read as much as you want,’ which is exactly what our Kobo Plus service offers readers from countries including the Netherlands, Canada, US, UK, France and many more. We are delighted to extend this reading experience to booklovers in Taiwan and Hong Kong.” said Bart Robers, Director, Audiobooks and Global Subscriptions, Rakuten Kobo.

Readers can access Kobo Plus via the Kobo Books App for iOS or Android and directly on Kobo eReaders to begin discovering new authors and genres. The Kobo Plus eBook and audiobook collection features a breadth of stories in both traditional Chinese and foreign languages, including English-language favourites.

The Kobo Plus subscription is an ideal way to approach literary classics, an author's catalogue, or to dive into a new field of interest. With unlimited reading for one low monthly fee, the subscription lets readers sample a few pages from a genre or author they have never read, and move onto another book guilt-free if it's not to their taste. It’s an ideal option for avid book lovers who can tear through several books a month, and for those who prefer to read a few chapters before committing. There’s never been a better time to discover new authors and series on a Kobo eReader or with the free Kobo reading app.

In addition to the exciting subscription service, Rakuten Kobo today announced that its free self-publishing platform Kobo Writing Life (KWL) is coming to Taiwan and Hong Kong later this year.

Kobo Writing Life allows authors and small publishers to publish their eBooks and audiobooks directly to the Kobo store. Users control their pricing, price promotions and distribution. They can easily add their books to Kobo Plus and even distribute to libraries, via OverDrive.

Through the new sales dashboard, users can easily monitor data on the sales trends for their books sold in the Kobo store and also gain insights into the books read through Kobo Plus.

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About Rakuten Kobo Inc.

Rakuten Kobo Inc. is the world’s digital bookseller created by and for book lovers. Owned by Tokyo-based Rakuten Group, Inc. and headquartered in Toronto, Rakuten Kobo’s millions of worldwide users can read anytime, anywhere, and on any device. With a mission to make reading lives better for all, Rakuten Kobo connects readers to stories using thoughtful and personalized curation of eBooks and audiobooks, and the best dedicated eReaders and apps for reading. With the singular focus of making reading lives the best they can be, Kobo’s open platform allows people to fit reading into more moments in their busy lives.    

To learn more about Rakuten Kobo, visit www.kobo.com. 

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