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31Mar/110

Movie 8 – Halway round the world – part 1 (subtitles)


Kindle ebook:Movie 8 - Halway round the world - part 1 (subtitles)
Movie no 8 take you to Fiji and New Zealand. After 22.000 nautical miles Yaghan is refitted at Orams in New Zealand. Arne and Helene fly home to Sweden over Christmas. See also website: www.yaghan.com. Book published in May 2010. Title: "Back at the helm". Can be purchased at www.amazon.com (also available as Kindle ebook). A second book " In the wake of Cook " will be published as Kindle book in May 2011.


8Mar/110

Kobo Closes Series C Investment Round with Indigo Books

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Kobo has recently closed its latest investment round with their majority shareholder Indigio Books. Canadians may know of Indigo books in the form of retail chain Chapters, where the Kobo e-Reader is easily found for purchase.

Indigo Books and Music Inc was one of Kobo’s founding shareholder and from day one believed in the long term viability of partnering itself with a dynamic young Canadian company with a solid content distribution chain and an original e-reader. This new funding will go towards Kobo’s market penetration globally and continued research and development of a new e-reader. This will also allow Kobo to make more overseas partnerships. It was only a few months ago that Kobo had landed a distribution deal with Swindon which brought their e-reader to Hong Kong. Recently Kobo also landed a deal with Wallmart and Futureshop to carry their products as well. In Canada, Kobo is one of the main e-readers that have the highest availability.

Since its inception Kobo has been doing many things right as far as application development goes. Their iPad app continues to be the e-reading app to beat and you can find their content easily accessible on all major platforms. Kobo initially came onto the scene last year with the release of their Kobo e-Reader. This edition was fraught with peril and many users expressed many errors with its interface, and hardware flaws. Kobo recognized this issue and released the updated Kobo Wireless months later, this new e-reader would allow users to purchase books directly from Kobo. Not only could you now buy eBooks with the Kobo device, but you could also purchase magazines and newspaper subscriptions. Kobo built on the continued success of their e-readers with releasing their products overseas in Australia and New Zealand via Redgroup/Borders, Angus and Robertson and Whitcoulls book store chain. They then landed the Swindon deal to less fan-fair and seek to further expose their products to alternative markets.

Recently though, Kobo’s products in Australia and New Zealand may be in Jeporday with the bankruptcy of their major partners. Although publically this information was made available in those local markets, but Kobo has yet to officially announce anything regarding it, and they have been unavailable for comment.

While doing their e-reader marketing, they have been working with tons of companies to further the Kobo brand and get their content on various platforms. We initially broke the news last year when Kobo and Samsung teamed up for the Readers Hub on the Samsung Galaxy Tab. They also recently closed deals with Research in Motion for content delivery to the Blackberry Playbook with their Social Reading program and HTC.

While leading the charge with e-readers they have continued application development and rumor has it they are working on a new e-reader. Hopefully with the recent windfall of financial operating costs and money to burn, they will get something juicy going in short order.

via SparkPR

Related posts:


  1. The new Spread the Word program from Kobo
  2. Kobo Releases new Desktop Application to Manage their E-Reader
  3. Kobo and Swindon team up to bring Kobo Wireless e-Reader to Hong Kong
  4. Kobo and Random House form a partnership with Fairmont
  5. The Original Kobo e-Reader is no longer being Manufactured
  6. Kobo Wireless eReader Now Available at Future Shop
8Mar/110

Kobo Closes Series C Investment Round with Indigo Books

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Kobo has recently closed its latest investment round with their majority shareholder Indigio Books. Canadians may know of Indigo books in the form of retail chain Chapters, where the Kobo e-Reader is easily found for purchase.


Indigo Books and Music Inc was one of Kobo’s founding shareholder and from day one believed in the long term viability of partnering itself with a dynamic young Canadian company with a solid content distribution chain and an original e-reader. This new funding will go towards Kobo’s market penetration globally and continued research and development of a new e-reader. This will also allow Kobo to make more overseas partnerships. It was only a few months ago that Kobo had landed a distribution deal with Swindon which brought their e-reader to Hong Kong. Recently Kobo also landed a deal with Wallmart and Futureshop to carry their products as well. In Canada, Kobo is one of the main e-readers that have the highest availability.

Since its inception Kobo has been doing many things right as far as application development goes. Their iPad app continues to be the e-reading app to beat and you can find their content easily accessible on all major platforms. Kobo initially came onto the scene last year with the release of their Kobo e-Reader. This edition was fraught with peril and many users expressed many errors with its interface, and hardware flaws. Kobo recognized this issue and released the updated Kobo Wireless months later, this new e-reader would allow users to purchase books directly from Kobo. Not only could you now buy eBooks with the Kobo device, but you could also purchase magazines and newspaper subscriptions. Kobo built on the continued success of their e-readers with releasing their products overseas in Australia and New Zealand via Redgroup/Borders, Angus and Robertson and Whitcoulls book store chain. They then landed the Swindon deal to less fan-fair and seek to further expose their products to alternative markets.

Recently though, Kobo’s products in Australia and New Zealand may be in Jeporday with the bankruptcy of their major partners. Although publically this information was made available in those local markets, but Kobo has yet to officially announce anything regarding it, and they have been unavailable for comment.

While doing their e-reader marketing, they have been working with tons of companies to further the Kobo brand and get their content on various platforms. We initially broke the news last year when Kobo and Samsung teamed up for the Readers Hub on the Samsung Galaxy Tab. They also recently closed deals with Research in Motion for content delivery to the Blackberry Playbook with their Social Reading program and HTC.

While leading the charge with e-readers they have continued application development and rumor has it they are working on a new e-reader. Hopefully with the recent windfall of financial operating costs and money to burn, they will get something juicy going in short order.

via SparkPR

Related posts:

  1. The new Spread the Word program from Kobo
  2. Kobo Releases new Desktop Application to Manage their E-Reader
  3. Kobo and Swindon team up to bring Kobo Wireless e-Reader to Hong Kong
  4. Kobo and Random House form a partnership with Fairmont
  5. The Original Kobo e-Reader is no longer being Manufactured
  6. Kobo Wireless eReader Now Available at Future Shop
8Mar/110

Kobo closes Series C investment round

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From the press release:

Kobo, a global eReading service built on open standards, today confirmed the closing of its Series C investment round, led by a major institutional investor. Indigo Books & Music Inc., Kobo’s founding shareholder, invested in this round and maintains majority ownership.

Highlights from Kobo’s first 14 months:

  • 2.3 Million eBooks – Kobo has built one of the largest eReading catalogues in the world
  • 2.7 Million Users – Kobo’s base is growing rapidly: 10 months to 1 million, less than 90 days to 2 million
  • Customers from over 100 Countries buy from Kobo every week
  • Hundreds of thousands of eBooks downloaded per day during peak holiday periods
  • With leading OEMs including Samsung, Research In Motion and HTC choosing Kobo as their global eReading platform, over 20 Million Kobo-ready devices will be in market in 2011
  • The Kobo eReader is available at thousands of retail outlets including Walmart (US & Canada), Borders (US), Indigo (Canada), Best Buy (Canada), Angus & Robertsons (AU), Whitcoull’s (NZ), WHSMITH (UK), Swindon (Hong Kong)
  • Kobo led the industry with many firsts – first on Android, first on Playbook, first to launch eBook gifting and first to launch a comprehensive social experience for eReading

“In 2010, we learned that an open platform and the ability to read on any device enabled a massive population of readers to easily get started with eBooks. Pioneering this open approach, Kobo has quickly become the partner of choice for retailers, operators, and tablet OEMs,” said Michael Serbinis, CEO of Kobo. “With a foundation firmly in place, in 2011 we will accelerate our focus on creating the best eReading experience for customers, and expanding internationally with new partners, content and languages.”

eReading is Going Social

Kobo’s recently-announced and innovative Kobo Reading Life, a core part of the Kobo experience now available on the iPad and the iPhone, marked the industry’s first comprehensive social eReading experience. Nearly all of Kobo’s iPad and iPhone users have started using Reading Life and to date, over 1 million achievements have been awarded to loyal readers everywhere. Kobo has seen a dramatic increase in users’ reading time and overall engagement since the launch in December. Kobo plans to roll out new innovative features for Reading Life, and bring the program to new partners, platforms, and languages throughout 2011.

About Kobo, Inc.

Kobo is a global eReading service with more than 2.3 million eBooks, magazines and newspapers – one of the largest eReading catalogues in the world. Kobo believes consumers should have the freedom to read any book on any device and has attracted millions of readers from over 100 countries across the globe. Kobo has top ranked eReading applications for iPad, iPhone, Blackberry, Android, Palm WebOS, Windows, MacOS and is the eReading application of choice for leading tablet OEMs. The Kobo eReader is also available at leading retailers including Indigo, Walmart, Best Buy, Borders, WHSmith, Angus & Robertson’s, and Whitcoull’s. For more information visit Kobo.com

8Feb/110

Paper Round (7 February) – Which clients are advertising in the national press?|Lastest Kindle News]

Paper Round (7 February) - Which clients are advertising in the national press?
Two building societies vie to promote their service benefits in today's papers, while BlackBerry claims to be the UK's number one smartphone.
Read more on Media Week Online

18Jan/110

Quick Note: Scribd closes $13 million in third round financing

quick note.pngFrom mocoNews:

Social publishing site Scribd has closed million third round, as it looks toward rolling out new mobile features and additional products around ad sales and its two-year-old book and document store. The round was led by MLC Investments of Australia and SVB Capital, with previous investors, including Redpoint Ventures, Charles River Ventures and Kinsey Hills Group, participating as well. The latest round brings Scribd to about .8 million in total funding raised in the past four years.