The Kobo Story...
We started with a simple, yet powerful idea – to bring eReading to everyone around the world, and inspire more people to spend more time reading. This has been our goal since day one and it keeps us focused.
Out of this idea Kobo was born in 2009, and today, this same passion drives one of the fastest growing eReading companies in the world.
Inspired by a "Read Freely" philosophy, Kobo strongly believes that people should have the freedom to read any book, anytime, anyplace – and on any device they choose. Today millions of readers from more than 170 countries around the world love to read with Kobo.
Kobo believes that open standards for eBooks are best for consumers, publishers, retailers and hardware manufacturers. Kobo proudly supports EPUB and encourages our users to read Kobo eBooks on the device of their choice.
A BEST-IN-CLASS READING EXPERIENCE
Kobo offers one of the largest eBookstores in the world - with millions of eBooks, newspapers, and magazines. There is a book for everyone; from a selection of the hottest new releases, best sellers, favourite local authors, romance, suspense and more. Our family of contemporary and stylish eReading devices – the Kobo WiFi, the Kobo Touch eReader, and the Kobo Vox deliver the best, and easiest reading experience to passionate readers everywhere.
GET SOCIAL WITH KOBO READING LIFE
Kobo offers the industry leading social platform, Reading Life™, which enables readers to connect with friends, track reading statistics, and unlock fun and exciting awards just for reading. Members can also create book clubs and discuss their favourite reads on Facebook. With Kobo Pulse™, readers can feel the pulse of a book, start conversations, share comments and thoughts and leave reviews by 'Liking', 'Disliking' and/or commenting in real-time, with others who are reading the same book.
SHOP AND READ ON ANY DEVICE WITH KOBO
Kobo offers free eReading apps so people can read on some of the most popular devices such as desktops, laptops, tablets, Android phones, iPhones, iPads, Blackberry Smartphones and Blackberry PlayBooks – in addition they can browse and shop the Kobo store. Plus, with Kobo Sync you can read from one device to another and pick up from the page that you last read – your library will always be kept up to date.
Headquartered in Toronto and owned by Tokyo-based Rakuten, Japan's largest eCommerce operator, Kobo continues to expand our global footprint with the goal of bringing eReading to everyone, everywhere around the world.