Kobo 2 to hit Australia before Christmas

Borders' eBook Mk2 looms

The Kobo eBook

The Kobo eBook

Local book retailer, REDGroup Retail, will offer the next generation of its Kobo eBook reader devices in Australia before Christmas, as well as an expansion in its eBook line-up that will see several major publishers add titles to its library.

The company first launched the Kobo eReader device in Australia in May, primarily through its Borders chain, but also in Angus & Robertson, which it also owns. At the time, there was a paucity of options for Australians interested in the emerging eBook scene, although both Amazon and Apple have since that time expanded their offerings.

Company spokesperson, Malcolm Neill, said the group hadn’t confirmed a release date yet for mark 2 of the Kobo, but it was planning on a launch before Christmas.

Kobo 2 improves on the original model in several ways, the most notable of which is the addition of Wi-Fi access, which will allow readers to download books wirelessly as the Amazon Kindle and Apple iPad do. However, the device also now comes in three colours — pearlised lilac, onyx and metallic silver.

Earlier, Apple made a major announcement in Australia with relation to the publishers supporting its iBookstore marketplace. It added publishers such as Macmillan, Hachette and HarperCollins to its list. However, Borders isn’t being left behind.

Neill said the company had recently inked a similar deal with Hachette, and was working with the publisher at the moment to get its titles into the Kobo store.

The first Macmillan title entered the store last week. The company already boasted the support of a large number of publishers at launch, promising that more than 2 million titles — including “a great range of dedicated Australian content” would eventually be available through the platform.

One advantage that the company may enjoy as the Australian market for eBooks grows increasingly competitive is the agnostic nature of its software.

Early next week Samsung will launch its flagship Android tablet in Australia — the Galaxy Tab.

Unlike Apple, the Korean manufacturer has not developed its own eBook store for Australia — instead shipping with the Kobo store installed on the device by default.

And the Kobo store also runs on Apple devices such as the iPad, and even other mobile platforms such as Research in Motion’s BlackBerry.

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags research in motionMacmillanHarperCollinsHachetteebookKoboREDgroup RetailBlackberryApplesamsung

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?