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Kobo appoints Tamblyn President, Chief Content Officer
April 8, 2014 | 12:25 pm

michale_tamblyn.jpgKobo, now probably Amazon's biggest rival in the ereader ecosystem realm, with Barnes & Noble wavering over the Nook and an also-ran outside the U.S., has just announced that Michael Tamblyn, hitherto its Chief Content Officer, has now had his position upgraded to the status of President and CCO. Seen here in an earlier video on TeleRead, Tamblyn is a founding member of Kobo's team, according to the company, and has "led the expansion of Kobo’s publisher relationships, content catalogue, and merchandising operations" since 2009. His new role will expand the content acquisition and business relationships development he is currently engaged...

The great Sony Reader Store to Kobo migration
March 29, 2014 | 9:55 am

sony reader storeYesterday, I received an email from the Sony Reader Store with a custom link to use to migrate my Sony store account. Has anyone else gotten this yet? I clicked the link and expected a smooth transfer; I didn't get it. Three attempts later, I finally got a prompt screen to call tech support, which I did; I spent quite some time on hold, and then was told my problem has to be 'escalated to level 2.' The rep seemed unsure of what would occur once that happened but said they have a special team set up to handle the Sony...

Morning Roundup: Writing publicity campaigns, Kobo adds to children’s section and more
March 28, 2014 | 9:00 am

writing publicity campaignsThe Business Rusch: Publicity Campaigns (Kristine Kathryn Rusch) First, you have to make an overall decision on your marketing. Are you marketing yourself or your books? Because there’s a huge difference between being a famous writer and having written a well-known novel. *** Harriet the Spy Celebrates 50 Year Anniversary with Art Exhibition (GalleyCat) Louise Fitzhugh’s classic children’s book Harriet the Spy turns 50 this year and to celebrate The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is hosting an exhibit. *** Kobo Bulks up Children's Section with Nickleodeon and Blue Apple (Digital Book World) Top series like Bubble Guppies, Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob SquarePants, and Teenage...

Morning Roundup: Sesame Street on Kobo. Less is more in the future of reading?
March 12, 2014 | 8:38 am

sesame street on Kobo25 years after inventing the web, Tim Berners-Lee invites users to help draft global “bill of rights” (GigaOM) The World Wide Web Foundation has set up a campaign called Web We Want, which it hopes to see draft a Magna Carta for the digital world as a way of pushing back against malign corporate and government intrusions on web freedom. *** Sesame Street eBooks Now on Kobo (GalleyCat) Sesame Street eBooks are now available through Kobo’s eBook store thanks to a new partnership between eReader company Kobo and Sesame Workshop. *** New Survey Shows eBook Adoption at 29% in the UK (The Digital Reader) The UK reading...

Morning Roundup: Make a living as a writer. Kobo’s international strategy paying off
February 19, 2014 | 9:00 am

make a living as a writerIf I was in Charge of the Sony e-Reader or Reader Store (GoodeReader) Sony has seen diminished sales since their peak and they have been on the downward trend ever since. In 2011, Sony accounted for 28% of all e-readers sold in Canada. *** How I Make a Living as a Writer (And You Can Too) (Lifehacker) The most important thing for me: writing without fear. Writing without judgment. Writing without anger. Making writing fun. Writing right now. *** Kobo's International Strategy is Paying Off (Digital Book World) Kobo’s content revenue was up 44% in the fourth quarter of 2013 over the previous year, and its...

Morning Roundup: Kobo revenues up, Taking screen shots on Kindles and more
February 18, 2014 | 9:00 am

kobo revenues upKobo Revenues Up 44% in 2013, Userbase up 50% (The Digital Reader) Amazon might not be releasing any interesting details about Kindle Store sales in 2013, but luckily for us Rakuten is more generous. This international retail conglomerate held their annual stockholders meeting on Friday, and they released a few details about Kobo. *** Nashville’s Limitless Libraries Hopes to Merge School and Public Library ILS (The Digital Shift) Limitless Libraries, an ongoing partnership between Nashville Public Library (NPL) and Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS), is planning a move to a shared ILS system, and has requested funding for the transition from the office of...

Sony to shut down Reader store: customers will move to Kobo
February 6, 2014 | 1:53 pm

sony to shut down reader storeAnd another one bites the dust. I just received an email from the Sony store announcing that they are closing the store in the U.S. and Canada as of March 20, 2014. All customers will be transferred to Kobo. Here's the relevant paragraph from the email: You don't have to do anything right now, and you'll be able to re-download your previously purchased eBooks for a limited time. In late March, you will receive a notification from us with a link that will allow you to transfer your library to Kobo. Whether you are new to Kobo or already have an account,...

Serbinis to be Replaced at Kobo
February 5, 2014 | 9:15 am

koboAs reported in today's Morning Links, numerous sources are reporting that Michael Serbinis, who has been with Kobo since the beginning, is being replaced by a Rakuten veteran named Takahito Aiki, who was recently head of a Telecom and will be relocating to Canada to assume the post. Serbinis will remain on board as vice-chairman and founder. I think this could be good news. I have met Mr. Serbinis a handful of times and liked him, and I like Kobo's local partnerships and content strategies. But their customer service needs work, and I have always felt they were unconscionably slow at...

Morning Roundup: Domain names are not property, eBook piracy not a big deal in Netherlands and more
February 5, 2014 | 8:43 am

domain names not propertyVirginia Court Says Domain Names Are Not Property (Techdirt) Here's an interesting blog post by Venkat Balasubramani about a little noticed ruling in Virginia from last year concerning a bankruptcy proceeding, which came to the conclusion that domain names are not property, but rather a contractual right. *** eBook Piracy Not Such a Big Deal in the Netherlands (The Digital Reader) A new report out of the Netherlands this week has revealed that the Dutch are buying ebooks at a rate far higher than the global average. *** Rakuten Replaces Serbinis at Kobo (Brave New World) Two years after Kobo was acquired by Japan’s Rakuten they have...

Morning Roundup: More copyright considerations, readers prefer Amazon and Kobo
January 20, 2014 | 9:00 am

copyrightYou Bought It, You Own It (EFF) You bought it, you own it, right?  Not always.  Over the past decade, we have been quietly shifting to a world in which both digital goods (like mp3s, video files, and ebooks) and physical goods that contain software (like cars, microwaves, and phones) are never truly owned, but only rented. *** Hardcore Readers Prefer to Buy from Kobo and Amazon (GoodeReader) Good e-Reader conducted a one month research project where we polled 250 people about their favorite online bookstore of choice. Good e-Reader users tend to be savvy, well educated and not afraid of new technologies. These...

Why is the Kobo App Still So Annoying?
January 14, 2014 | 4:30 pm

kobo appI got an email yesterday from my esteemed editor Juli, wondering if I might be interested in commenting on the updated Kobo app, seeing as I am in Canada, aka The Country Where Kindle is Actually Not the Number One Brand. My initial response was 'ugh, do I have to?' I remembered the Kobo app as being clunky, crash-prone and difficult to navigate. But...maybe it had changed? Maybe it wasn't quite so bad anymore, several 'updates' since I last checked it out? Alas, no such luck. Kobo is still a frustrating and annoying app to use. I am not sure what...

Can You Use Your eReader Without Wi-Fi?
December 20, 2013 | 3:14 pm

ereaderSeveral users at Mobileread are reporting issues with their Paperwhites now that the Kindle ecosystem is managing collections through the cloud. A few people are complaining that the 'cloud' aspect is forcing them to wade through content they don't care for---for instance, a collection belonging to a spouse or child who shares their account, which previously would be local to that user's device only. A few others who prefer to sideload their books and keep Wi-Fi access minimized are reporting that their reading experience is being interrupted by nags from the device to connect to Wi-Fi so it can update...