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  • Kobo’s Vox E-Reader Finally Gets Full Access To Google Play

    Kobo’s Vox E-Reader Finally Gets Full Access To Google Play

    The headline would make more sense if it read “Android Market Access,” as opposed to “Google Play Access,” but that wouldn’t be technically correct thanks to the Android Market’s rebranding. In any event, Kobo’s Android-powered Vox eReader – the company’s answer to the B&N Nook or Amazon Kindle – is today announcing (at last!)… Read More

  • Vox, Meet Big Box: Kobo eReader To Hit Best Buy Stores

    Vox, Meet Big Box: Kobo eReader To Hit Best Buy Stores

    You’d be forgiven if you haven’t heard of Kobo’s Android-powered Vox eReader before — it has a tendency to get glossed over in favor of bigger names like the Kindle or the Nook. Kobo’s hoping to remedy that with another retail push, and this time they’ve inked a deal to get those Vox readers into Best Buy stores across the country. Read More

  • Kobo Touch With Offers Drops E-Reader’s Price To $99, Nook Going For $79 On Black Friday

    Kobo Touch With Offers Drops E-Reader’s Price To $99, Nook Going For $79 On Black Friday

    If you were thinking of laying out the cash for one of the new touch-based e-readers, now would be a good time. Kobo is dropping the price of its Touch e-reader device, which I reviewed here, to $99 if you’re willing to see ads when the device is sleeping. That puts it at the same price as the Nook and Kindle – except the Nook is getting a special price this Friday. Read More

  • Dog Bites Man; Pope Condemns Violence; Publishing Still Doesn’t Get It

    Dog Bites Man; Pope Condemns Violence; Publishing Still Doesn’t Get It

    I’m an author, but thankfully I’m not a member of the Authors Guild, that “not-for-profit American organization of and for authors”, who a few days ago issued a statement that first lauded publishers for not signing on to Amazon’s new Kindle book-lending program for Amazon Prime members, and then condemned those few publishers who did agree, citing a… Read More

  • Enjoy Music While You Read: Rdio To Come Pre-Loaded On Kobo Vox eReader

    Enjoy Music While You Read: Rdio To Come Pre-Loaded On Kobo Vox eReader

    Kobo has partnered with social music discovery and streaming service Rdio to let users of its just-released Android-powered Vox eReader access more than 12 million tracks while they’re reading. Kobo, which was just acquired by Rakuten for $315 million in cash, says it boasts over five million users worldwide. Read More

  • Don’t Count Kobo Out As The EReader Race Rumbles On

    Don’t Count Kobo Out As The EReader Race Rumbles On

    Kobo is about to launch their new Vox ereader/tablet and I think it’s important to remember that the reader race isn’t just down to two contestants: this Canadian company, while comparatively small in the US, is performing quite admirably on the international stage, hitting 2.5 million users in the US and over 5 million total in the world. The Vox is a fairly nondescript Android… Read More

  • Kobo Pits Its Vox Against The Fire And Nook As First “Social” E-Reader

    Kobo Pits Its Vox Against The Fire And Nook As First “Social” E-Reader

    The increasing socialification (as opposed to socialization) of our everyday activities is food for thought. What is it that makes people want to share everything about every activity? Reading especially, to me, has always been more of an escape from the social sphere. Except for on the rare occasions on which I have had to read out loud, books are a way to completely disengage from the… Read More

  • Kobo Pulse Aims To Offer New Twist On Social Reading

    Kobo Pulse Aims To Offer New Twist On Social Reading

    Kobo has been cultivating their Reading Life initiative for a while now, and with the announcement of their new Pulse feature, they’re digging even deeper into the social space than before. Slated to launch in their Kobo iOS apps first, Pulse is a new way for readers to connect with others while digitally thumbing through their collections. Read More

  • iPad Book Apps Hobbled: Only Existing Account-Holders Can Use The Apps, Google Books Booted

    iPad Book Apps Hobbled: Only Existing Account-Holders Can Use The Apps, Google Books Booted

    At the beginning of the year, Apple said it wanted 30% of everything sold through the iPad platform. You could sell almost anything – books, downloadable content, magazines, pictures of kittens – but, according to their subscription rules, everything had to go through Apple itself and you could not, in short, go out to a web page to complete the transaction. That promise –… Read More

  • Revolutions On The Road

    Revolutions On The Road

    I almost miss the bad old days. When I first started wandering around some of the more obscure nooks and crannies of this planet, lo these many years ago, Internet connections were rare and wonderful discoveries; now I just get annoyed when I can’t get online. The last decade-and-a-half of innovation has completely transformed the experience of travel. Right now I’m in the middle of… Read More

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