As of early November of this year, independent booksellers across the nation will launch Kobo, an ereader intended to compete with the Kindle and the Nook.
Currently, Kindle owners can only buy their ebooks through Amazon, effectively taking a large share of ebook sales away from independent booksellers and revenue away from local economies.
Although Nook and iPad users could buy ebooks from Indies, the Indies typically didn’t sell the devices.
The Kobo ereader is the most popular device outside of the United States. The Kobo can access 2.5 million titles, as opposed to 1 million titles available from egoogle, which was previously the only source of ebooks available to independents.
Initially, the Kobo will be available in two sizes and price points: the GLO will be a black and white backlit model sold for $129.99; and the Mini will be a black and white model sold for $79.99. A color version is expected sometime in 2013.
Locally the Kobo ereaders will be available at Turtle Town Books & Gifts in Nisswa. Prices for Kobo ebooks will be competitive with other offerings, with the added benefit of enabling customers to boost the local economy.
For questions regarding the Kobo, call Turtle Town at 218-963-4891.