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October 08, 2015 5:11 PM ET

Internet and Catalog Retail

Company Overview of Rakuten Kobo Inc.

Company Overview

Rakuten Kobo Inc. operates as an online eBook retailer. It offers a platform, which supports EPUB and PDF formats and allows readers to buy and read digital content from various sources. The company also provides magazines; and eBooks in various categories, including biography and memoir, business and finance, comics and graphic novels, fiction and literature, kids, mystery and suspense, nonfiction, romance, and sci fi and fantasy. In addition, it offers applications for Apple, BlackBerry, Android, and Windows platforms that enable users to read and access their libraries, as well as eReaders and tablets. Rakuten Kobo Inc. was formerly known as Kobo Inc. and changed its name to Rakuten Kobo ...

135 Liberty Street

Suite 101

Toronto, ON M6K 1A7


Founded in 2009





Key Executives for Rakuten Kobo Inc.

Chief Executive Officer
President and Chief Content Officer
Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer
Chief Revenue Officer and Executive Vice President
Executive Vice President of Finance
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2015.

Rakuten Kobo Inc. Key Developments

Rakuten Kobo Launches Kobo Glo HD in Japan

Rakuten Kobo released its new eReader, the Kobo Glo HD, in Japan. The device is available for purchase from the Rakuten Kobo eBook Store and selected online and offline retail stores in Japan. The price of the device is JPN 12,800 (including tax). Globally announced in April, and already available in North American and European markets, the Kobo Glo HD features a high resolution Carta E Ink HD touch screen and compact 6-inch design.

Kobo Announces Kobo Glo HD

Kobo created and launched a new eReader aimed at those who put reading at the centre of their lives – the Kobo Glo HD – which offers high resolution screen available on the market, at the lowest price. It’s a light and ultimately portable way to carry an entire library of up to 3,000 eBooks. With a 300ppi screen that delivers the clearest print-on-paper experience, a low suggested retail price, easy registration, and a concierge service, the Kobo Glo HD is a great option for both print booklovers considering eReading and digital enthusiasts alike. Kobo Glo HD will be available in black and will retail for $129.99 CAD/USD (MSRP) online and in-store, starting May 1 in Canada, the US, Australia, and New Zealand; May 22 in France; June 1 in the UK, Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, and Spain.

Rakuten Kobo to Expand Lineup of e-Books with Manga Magazines from Kodansha

akuten Kobo Inc. announced that it would expand the lineup of titles available on the Rakuten Kobo e-Book Store with the manga magazines published by Kodansha Ltd. The e-Book versions of the publications will be released on the same day as the paper versions of the publications, allowing readers to enjoy a wider lineup of easily downloadable manga magazines.

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