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January 11, 2022

Eighth Annual Rakuten Kobo Emerging Writer Prize Now Open For Submissions

Award showcases Canadian debut authors, with the chance to win $10,000 CAD per category, plus marketing support for the three winning books.

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December 09, 2021

The 2021 Rakuten Kobo Book Report: How Canadian reading habits have changed since COVID

From Barack Obama’s A Promised Land, to Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton Collection, 2021 saw Canadians read to escape and to reflect TORONTO – December 9, 2021 – Rakuten Kobo is proud to share the 2021 Kobo Book Report, where we explore emerging patterns, the top novels or the year...

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November 04, 2021

Rakuten Kobo expands digital reading offering in Italy with all-you-can-enjoy subscription service and Kobo Audiobooks

First of its kind in Italy, single-point-of-access subscription allows Italians to synchronize bookmarks across Kobo eReader or Kobo App devices Kobo Plus, the all-you-can-enjoy subscription service, offers hundreds of thousands of titles from Italian and international authorsWith new Kobo Audiobook titles, booklovers can read or be read to...

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November 02, 2021

Rakuten Kobo and Booktopia launch all-you-can-read eBook subscription service Kobo Plus in Australia

Australians are spending more time reading than ever beforeKobo Plus catalogue includes over 580,000 titles for one low monthly feeKobo Plus Australia follows the success of the service in the Netherlands, Belgium, Canada and PortugalAustralia, 2 November 2021 — Global digital eReading innovator Rakuten Kobo and Australian online...

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October 19, 2021

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Rakuten Kobo Appoints Anna Giagkou as Chief Financial Officer

Giagkou to drive financial strategy, performance and growth across business pillarsToronto, ON – October 14, 2021 – Rakuten Kobo, a global leader in digital reading, today announced the appointment of Anna Giagkou to the role of Chief Financial Officer. Reporting to CEO Michael Tamblyn, Giagkou is responsible for...

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October 05, 2021

Best of both worlds: Rakuten Kobo introduces Kobo Sage and Kobo Libra 2

Please click here for additional media assets. TORONTO, ON - Rakuten Kobo announces the joint launch of Kobo Sage and Kobo Libra 2, two new feature-rich eReaders that take Kobo’s digital reading offering to the next level. Continuing our mission to make reading lives better, Kobo Sage and...

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June 22, 2021

2021 Rakuten Kobo Emerging Writer Prize Winners Announced

Canada’s best debut books in Nonfiction, Literary Fiction, and Mystery have been chosenToday, Rakuten Kobo announced the winners of its seventh annual Emerging Writer Prize, adding three new Canadian authors to its growing list of celebrated writers. Debut authors in Nonfiction, Literary Fiction, and Mystery each were awarded...

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May 20, 2021

Take note: Rakuten Kobo introduces Kobo Elipsa Your bookstore, book and notebook combined in one eReader

With Kobo Elipsa’s beyond-the-page reading experience, you can use its intuitive stylus to highlight and jot notes in eBooks and PDFs or in notebooks to capture your ideas, diagrams and to-do lists Rakuten Kobo announces Kobo Elipsa, an innovative eReader packed with features only a Kobo device can...

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May 04, 2021

Seventh Annual Rakuten Kobo Emerging Writer Prize Shortlist Announced

18 of Canada’s most compelling debut books have been selected in three genres: Nonfiction, Literary Fiction and MysteryRakuten Kobo, in search of the best books written by debut Canadian authors, today announced the shortlist for its seventh annual Emerging Writer Prize. The award was created to bring literary...

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April 26, 2021

Rakuten Kobo and LeYa present Kobo Plus e_LeYa, the largest eBook and audiobook platform in Portugal

Rakuten Kobo teams up with Portuguese publishing group LeYa to launch Kobo Plus e_LeYa, the new all-you-can-read eBook and all-you-can-listen audiobook subscription with a robust content catalogue Portugal, April 23, 2021 – For Portuguese readers, portable and easy to use eBooks, together with versatile audiobooks are now combined...

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