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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...

“Kobo’s Finest Hour”? Really?
October 28, 2013 | 12:19 pm

KoboIt's rare to see a kneejerk panic reaction to populist scaremongering hailed as " a courageous stance," but then the whole debacle of Kobogate and the WHSmith ebook sales shutdown has been rich in cheap prudish posturing and unwitting self-condemnation, and I don't expect this to be the last shameful instance. Now we have Michael Tamblyn, Chief Content Officer at Kobo, going on record via "A Kobo Writing Life Update" to give his official post facto version of events. And we have John McKnight, "a comic novelist as well as the author of the notorious self-help manual "a comic novelist...

Pay to play: Would you pay to browse for books?
February 12, 2013 | 2:00 pm

Would you pay to browse a bookstore's shelves? Victoria Barnsley, CEO of HarperCollins UK & International, discussed that concept during a recent interview on BBC's The Bottom Line with Evan Davis. "In America, certain shoe shops are charging to try on shoes. These people just go in, try them on and go and order them online,” Barnsley said. “I think the idea of a bookshop becoming a book club is not that insane, actually. You actually pay for the privilege of browsing.” Pay to browse. In a bookshop. [caption id="attachment_78843" align="alignright" width="161"] Victoria Barnsley, HarperCollins UK and Int'l CEO[/caption] The idea seemed crazy coming out of...

Show Notes: Digital Book World 2013
January 21, 2013 | 11:00 am

By Brian Howard Book Business, one of TeleRead's sister publications, spent the last two days soaking up the publishing wisdom on display at the Digital Book World conference at the Hilton New York. You can check their Twitter feed, @bookbusinessmag, for the full play by play. Below are some highlights. * * * [caption id="attachment_77159" align="alignleft" width="146"] Asra Rasheed[/caption] » Following the Children's Content in Context breakout session on Wednesday, we got to exchange a few quick words about our mutual love of the Android platform with none other than LeVar Burton, who was at the session to support Reading Rainbow CEO Asra Rasheed . "I'm a nerd," explained Burton during the session, with regard to...

Brief notes from the Frankfurt Book Fair
October 8, 2012 | 12:53 pm

Paid Content's Laura Hazard Owen is currently in Germany for the Frankfurt Book Fair. Earlier this morning she filed a brief post about the changes Barnes & Noble and Kobo are experiencing as they continue moving their retail operations abroad. Apparently Michael Tamblyn, Kobo’s EVP of content sales and merchandising, had some interesting (and especially wise) tips to share with his audience: Partnering with local bookstore chains has been central to Kobo’s international strategy, he said. “The infrastructure of selling e-books is a global endeavor," he added, "but bookselling is fundamentally a local experience.” Here's another interesting tidbit about Kobo's international strategy; the following words...

Reading E-Books on Smartphones – How popular is it?
September 16, 2012 | 9:42 pm

Last week, Digital Book World editorial director Jeremy Greenfield shared the details of an interesting (if non-scientific) e-reading study; it was conducted via DBW's Twitter account, which has more than 20,000 followers. The tweet itself was simple enough; it read this like: Do you read on your smartphone? Do you read on other devices, too? Tell us! As of September 11, 30 DBW Twitter followers had answered back, and about half of those respondents answered in the affirmative. The tweets featured in the post were fairly interesting, although most surprising to me was Greenfield's mention of Michael Tamblyn, Kobo’s EVP of content, sales and merchandising: In a DBW interview conducted earlier...

Kobo announces ereader firmware upgrade
June 30, 2010 | 6:47 pm

kobo.jpgMichael Tamblyn of Kobo has just announced an upgrade to their ereader firmware. Here's what the Kobo blog says about it. I'll do without the blockquotes: We are very happy to announce that we have firmware upgrades on the way for Kobo eReader customers. I’m going to give as much detail as I can on this process and will be checking the forum to answer any questions that come up over the next couple of days. This is a big post, with lots of info, so let’s get started. Two Ways to Upgrade Option 1: Download and Install Download...

Michael Tamblyn of Kobo talks about what he has learned
April 21, 2010 | 7:00 am

From the Kobo blog, this talk discusses, among other things: Two early mistakes we made and how we fixed them; 5 things that every publisher must have to win in ebooks; Why Kobo jumped into the eInk game with the $149 eReader; A day (and a week!) in the life of a digital reader; The answer to the age-old question: “If Charlotte Bronte fought Stephenie Meyer, who would win?”; The four other meanings for Kobo. ...