E INK ANNOUNCES KOBO EBOOK ACCESS PROGRAM
Targeting E Ink’s Hardware Partners, the Program Seeks to Extend Kobo.com’s eBook Catalogue to a Larger Number of E Ink Enabled Devices
Billerica, Mass. (December 2, 2014) – E Ink Holdings, an ePaper product and technology visionary, and creator of the world’s best reading screens, today announced an initiative to give E Ink’s hardware partners the option to offer their customers access to Kobo’s world-class catalogue of more than four million eBooks. By adopting Kobo’s reader application, hardware partners can add a digital book solution to their offering or expand their existing collections, making titles from all popular genres available on their devices.
From romance and thrillers, biographies and memoirs to business books and non-fiction, Kobo has something for every reader, including bestsellers like Gray Mountain by John Grisham, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory, How Google Works by Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg, Yes Please by Amy Poehler, and more.
In addition to Kobo’s line of E Ink eReaders, the Kobo bookstore is available on select Sony Reader devices, as well as the most popular smartphones and tablets with Kobo’s free eReading apps. As a result of this initiative, E Ink’s hardware partners will be able to provide their customers access to a large collection of eBooks without having to invest in creating an online library. E Ink’s hardware partners will be able to negotiate contracts and revenue sharing options directly with Kobo.
“We’re thrilled that our collaboration with Kobo will allow our partners to offer their customers even more,” said Johnson Lee, president of E Ink Holdings. “Because of Kobo’s vast digital library, our partners can save on the time and financial investment required to build an online library from the ground up. This will allow them to focus on giving their customers the best digital experience.”
“We look forward to working on this initiative with E Ink to further Kobo’s mission of getting more people, reading more often on any device they choose,” said Scott Cleaver, executive vice president, Supply Chain and Partner Management at Kobo. “We’re truly excited to see our comprehensive eBook store made available on other E Ink-based devices, thanks to this great program led by E Ink.”
The Kobo bookstore and reading experience can be enabled for E Ink devices running the Android operating system.
About Rakuten Kobo Inc.
Rakuten Kobo Inc. is one of the world’s fastest-growing eReading services, offering more than four million eBooks and magazines to millions of customers in 190 countries. Believing that consumers should have the freedom to read any book on any device, Kobo provides consumers with a choice when reading. Kobo offer an eReader for everyone with a wide variety of E Ink eReaders and Google-Certified Android tablets to suit any Reader’s style including the award-winning Kobo Touch™, Kobo Mini, Kobo Glo, Kobo Aura, Kobo Aura HD, Kobo Aura H2O, Kobo Arc, Kobo Arc 7, Kobo Arc 7HD, and Kobo Arc 10HD. Along with the company’s free top-ranking eReading apps for Apple®, BlackBerry®, Android®, and Windows®, Kobo ensures the next great read is just a page-turn away. Headquartered in Toronto and owned by Tokyo-based Rakuten, Kobo eReaders can be found in major retail chains around the world. For more information, visit www.kobo.com.
About E Ink Holdings
Founded in 1992 by Taiwan’s leading papermaking and printing group YFY (1907.TW), E Ink Holdings Inc. (8069.TW) is the pioneer of TFT and ePaper business in Taiwan. In its quest to deliver revolutionary products, user experiences and environmental benefits in the field of ePaper displays, it acquired Hydis Technologies, manufacturer of the world’s best wide viewing angle LCDs in 2008. The acquisition of E Ink Corporation, the worldwide leader in ePaper, followed in 2009, enabling E Ink Holdings to become the world’s largest supplier of displays to the eReader market. Additionally, the company delivers its extremely durable, low power displays in previously impossible or unimaginable applications and environments. With E Ink, prominent brands including Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, Casio, Citizen, Hanvon, Hitachi, Lexar, Motorola, Plastic Logic, Samsung, Skiff, Sony, and Yota Devices are able to bring to market new and exciting consumer and industrial products ranging from eReaders and mobile phones to electronic shelf labels, public information and promotional signs and wearable technology including smart watches. For corporate information, please visit www.einkgroup.com; for EPD information, please visit www.eink.com / tw.eink.com; and for FFS information, please visit www.hydis.com.