9 December 2014

Kobo eReader ecosystem now available in GCC

Source: Kobo. The Kobo
Aura H2O eReader.
Kobo and multichannel distributor Lionfish today announced the arrival of Kobo's digital reading platform to the GCC region. Passionate readers can now enjoy Kobo's eBookstore with more than 4.2 million titles, eReaders, and apps for iOS, Android, Microsoft, and BlackBerry platforms. 

Starting today, Kobo will be available in 34 stores, including the Dubai Duty Free Stores, Virgin Megastores* and Xcite**. Kobo eReading devices will also be available for purchase online at Modvito, Souq.com and Jado Pado. Readers will have access to the Kobo eBookstore, featuring 4.2 million titles across 72 languages. From biographies and memoirs to business books, non-fiction to literary fiction, Kobo has something for everyone.

"Digital reading continues to rise across the globe and we're thrilled to be entering GCC countries to offer readers with best in class E Ink eReaders and eBookstore," said Jean-Marc Dupuis, Managing Director of EMEA, Kobo. "The Kobo Touch, Kobo Aura and Kobo Aura H2O offer different capabilities and price points, so there is definitely something for every reader. GCC countries are still in the early adoption stages of reading digitally and we are pleased to lead the transformation of this market."

Lionfish General Trading will be managing all facets of Kobo's presence in the GCC countries including distribution, retail partner relations, marketing and customer care.

The Kobo Touch eReader has 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. 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 micro SD card. The Kobo Touch will be available for AED429.

The new 6" Kobo Aura eReader is a front-lit E Ink eReader that features the first high-resolution, edge-to-edge display available in an E Ink eReader. Kobo's ComfortLight technology offers the most evenly lit display that is adjustable to suit any preference for the best reading experience, day or night. Available in black and pink, the sophisticated design of the eReader delivers the closest experience to print-on-paper with a 212 dpi and Pearl E Ink screen. With pinch-and-zoom capabilities for FLePubs/PDFs, Kobo Aura creates a smooth experience with a low-flash waveform screen to virtually eliminate page refresh and ghosting. With 4GB of storage (up to 3,000 books), expandable up to 32GB with a micro SD card, Kobo Aura has a battery life of up to more than two months. Kobo Aura will be available for AED729.

Kobo Aura H2O is IP67 certified, which means it is waterproof for up to 30 minutes in 1 metre of water with the port cover closed. This enables people to read more, more often, anywhere they like worry-free without damaging their device if accidentally dropped in or splashed with water. Reading on a sun-drenched beach is quite practical due to the device's dustproof design and anti-glare display.

At 265 dpi, the spacious 6.8" touchscreen with upgraded Carta E Ink technology - the first of its kind with these display dimensions - offers the closest experience to print-on-paper. The device's 1GHz processor means page turns are swift, and it comes with 4GB of onboard storage (expandable up to 32GB with a micro SD card). The Kobo Aura H2O will be available for AED999.

* All Virgin Megastores except those in Kuwait
** Only Xcite stores in Kuwait