Rakuten Kobo discovered that its biggest hurdle was that most of its manufacturing was in China and Taiwan. And e-readers suddenly were selling fast.
Amid Europe’s largest coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, Italian citizens in lockdown are able to read free Mondadori ebooks in a program facilitated by Kobo.
This weekend marks Kobo’s first decade. CEO Michael Tamblyn looks at how his far-flung international retail success is a former startup ‘still standing.’
Touting 6 million ebooks and a $9.99 audiobook subscription, the new Walmart partnership with Rakuten Kobo gives the Canadian retailer what it hasn’t had in the US market: brand recognition.
Having once left the American ebook market largely to Seattle, Rakuten Kobo now is hitching a ride with Walmart back into Amazonian America, selling ebooks and audiobooks through the big-box leader.
Ebook sales are driven by people over 50, according to Kobo CEO Michael Tamblyn. Here he talks about designing better ebooks and e-readers to encourage sales.
Kobo CEO Michael Tamblyn, in the wake of reports of Rakuten’s write-down, talks of the ‘strongest content sales in our history.’
Michael Tamblyn (Vice President, Content, Sales and Merchandising at Kobo) talks with Ed Nawotka about the launch of the new Kobo eReader Touch Edition. The new e-reader was announced on Monday. It features an e-ink touch screen and can hold 1,000 e-books. The device also includes a social reading application called REading life, which tracks and shares your reading stats. …
By Edward Nawotka Earlier this month we wondered why the UK was so far behind other countries in e-book adoption. Well, things are suddenly heating up: Kobo, the Canadian e-book company previously named Shortcovers, has launched a UK e-bookstore. At launch the company will offer some two million titles for download (no doubt a large percentage of those being public …