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Sizzle up your summer with the new Kobo Arc Tablet and Kobo Glo and Kobo Mini eReaders - in stores now across New Zealand

December 18, 2012

AUCKLAND, New Zealand – December 18, 2012 – Today Kobo, a global leader in eReading, announced its new Kobo Arc tablet, Kobo Glo and Kobo Mini E Ink eReaders are available for purchase in New Zealand. The full-featured eReaders are available in a range of fashionable colours and offer a plethora of customizable options to create the perfect reading experience to suit any reader’s taste.

“We are excited to bring these new eReaders to our New Zealand customers,” said Malcolm Neil, Director Vendor Relations, Asia Pacific, Kobo. “Kobo at its core is a company of booklovers and the Arc tablet as well as the Glo and Mini eReaders were designed with booklovers in mind. The result is three sleek, lightweight devices that are easy to use and comfortable to hold, giving consumers choice.”

KOBO ARC – READS YOU LIKE A BOOK – Suggested Retail Price $329.99 for 16GB, $399.99 for 32GB and $499.99 for 64GB
For readers who want the full media experience, the Kobo Arc 7” Android 4.0 multimedia tablet offers a new way to discover content – books, movies, TV shows, music, web pages, and more. Kobo’s exclusive interface, Tapestries, uses a cross-media recommendations engine to recommend related content based on what users ‘pin’ to their Tapestries. The Google-certified, 7” high-definition display delivers crisp, sharp text and with 16-million colours bring photos and videos to life. With front-facing speakers with SRS TruMedia, a built-in microphone and camera to take photos and videos, the Kobo Arc offers up to 10 hours of continuous reading or video play, and two weeks on standby. The device is available in Black and White with the option of purchasing Blue and Purple interchangeable SnapBacks. Starting early 2013, the Kobo Arc will also come pre-loaded with the Quickflix steaming service app, allowing for quick and easy access to much-loved movies and TV shows.

KOBO GLO – READ COMFORTABLY DAY OR NIGHT – Suggested Retail Price $199.99
The new front-lit Kobo Glo is the next generation in comfortable eReading. It offers innovative soft, even and adjustable ComfortLight technology to enable consumers to read anytime – day or night. Its durable screen and customisable page-turning features make it the perfect eReader for the booklover. The Kobo Glo uses E Ink technology, customisable fonts and a no-glare XGA high-resolution 6” E Ink screen that is just like reading print on paper, and connects easily to Wi- Fi allowing consumers to explore and discover recommendations in the Kobo eBookstore. The Kobo Glo eReader comes in Black or White with a selection of stylish back colours – Pink Sunset, Blue Moon, Silver Star.

KOBO MINI – SMALL IS A BIG DEAL – Suggested Retail Price $139.99
The Kobo Mini is the world’s smallest and lightest full-featured E Ink eReader available today, offering the full Kobo experience at a great value. Proving that great things come in small packages, the 5” Kobo Mini easily fits in your purse or pocket and is loaded with all of the amazing features Kobo customers have come to know and love. Just like reading print on paper, the no-glare 5” E Ink screen is easy on the eyes – even in bright sunlight. The Kobo Mini comes in black or white and offers a selection of three stylish Kobo SnapBacks in Teal, Ruby Red, and Purple. Perfect for people on-the-go, young adults, and easy for first-time readers to hold and read, the highly portable Kobo Mini holds up to 1,000 eBooks.

The new Kobo devices will be available at leading retailers across New Zealand. In addition to its partnership with Whitcoulls, Kobo is now working with independent bookstore members of Booksellers NZ and the Paper Plus Group to bring Kobo to almost 300 retail locations across the country. As members of Booksellers NZ, independent bookstores will now be able to offer their customers the Kobo Mini, Glo and Arc eReading devices, as well as colourful accessories and a shared-revenue model for eBooks.

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About Kobo Inc.
Kobo Inc. is one of the world’s fastest-growing eReading services offering more than 3-million eBooks. Believing that consumers should have the freedom to read any book on any device, Kobo has built an open-standards platform to provide consumers with a choice when reading. Inspired by a “Read Freely” philosophy and a passion for innovation, Kobo has expanded to 190 countries, where millions of consumers have access to localised eBook catalogues and award-winning eReaders, like the Kobo Touch. With top-ranked eReading applications for Apple, BlackBerry, Android, and Windows products, Kobo allows consumers to make eReading social through Facebook Timeline and Reading Life, an industry-first social experience that lets users earn awards for time spent reading and encourage others to join in. Headquartered in Toronto and owned by Tokyo-based Rakuten, Kobo eReaders can be found in major retail chains across the globe.

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