Kobo has announced that Dutch retailer Libris Blz. are selling the Kobo Touch eReader online at www.libris.nl and www.blz.nl with free shipping, and it will be in select stores starting Jan 30, 2012 – for €129.00. Kobo offers one of the world’s largest bookstores with more than 2.5 million ebooks, which now includes thousands of bestselling Dutch titles.
“Through our new partnership with Libris Blz., we are confident our expansion into the Netherlands will be a huge success,” said Michael Serbinis, CEO of Kobo. “Kobo’s focus has always been to bring eReading and eBooks to people everywhere around the world. By launching in the Netherlands, and bringing eReading to the passionate Dutch reading community – we are one more country closer to delivering on that promise.”
The Kobo Touch offers a best-in-class reading experience, with an amazing touch experience, that uses Infrared Touch Technology, allowing readers to easily swipe or tap to turn pages. With the intuitive touch interface, readers can highlight a phrase, lookup a word, zoom into an image, increase the font size, or quickly navigate through a book and an entire library. Plus, finding that next read is also quick and easy with Wi-Fi and a virtual keyboard.
The Kobo eReader Touch is the first eReader to be available in multiple languages and offers a completely local experience, including content, recommendations, and the Kobo store. Readers may choose from English, French, Canadian French, German, Spanish, Italian and Dutch.
The Kobo eReading service is built on an open platform, allowing consumers to read eBooks from other stores that use the ePub format – plus books on a growing number of Kobo eReaders and apps. The versatile Kobo eReader Touch Edition devices let users read ePUB, PDF and MOBI format eBooks; view JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP and TIFF images; review TXT, HTML and RTF materials; and enjoy CBZ and CBR comic book formats. Consumers can also easily borrow and read eBooks from the local public library.
Kobo offers free eReading apps so users can read on 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.
With battery life of up to one month, and storage of up to 30,000 books with expandable memory, the Kobo eReader Touch Edition delivers the freedom to read anywhere, at any time!