The Kobo Arc is a fine tablet in its own right, despite not quite matching the Nexus 7 in the grand scheme of things. There are several reasons that one might choose the Arc over the Google offering -- the screen, speakers and 64GB version but a few. But, a couple of issues plagued the Arc from launch -- the software, and availability issues. The software was rectified back in March, and now it seems, in North America at least, that the availability has been solved too.
Part of the problem was the lack of any way to buy one direct from Kobo. While available through retail partners worldwide, they weren't exactly plentiful, and the 64GB version proved somewhat elusive too. Kobo however, has today announced that their full range of eReaders -- including the e-Ink devices -- are available to buy from Kobo.com in Canada and the U.S. Good news for anyone tempted that struggled to get hold of one. The full press release can be found after the break.
Toronto, Canada – April 2, 2013 – Kobo Inc., a global leader in eReading, today announced that its Family of eReaders is available for purchase directly at Kobo.com for customer in Canada and the United States. The world-class family of eReaders includes the award-winning Kobo Touch™, the Parent Tested, Parent Approved™ Kobo Glo and Kobo Mini E Ink eReaders, and Kobo Arc 7” Google-certified Android tablet. Kobo eReader accessories will also be available for sale online.
Kobo believes eReading is a global movement and is focused on rapidly expanding its footprint through retail and publishing partners around the world. In 2013, Kobo will continue its goal to be the best eReading service in the world and is on track to becoming a billion dollar company. Kobo now has more than 13-million Readers enjoying its superior eBookstore, which offers more than 3.2-million titles across 68 languages including bestsellers, classics, self-published works, comics, children’s books, manga, and graphic novels. Already this year, Kobo’s customers turned more than 1.3-billion pages reading for 10-million hours.
Kobo has customers in 190 countries and offers a wide variety of eReading devices and free eReading applications to ensure that the next great read is only a click or tap away. People can access the Kobo eBookstore with virtually any smartphone, laptop, tablet, desktop computer, or eReading device, and can now purchase an E Ink eReader or tablet from Kobo.com. The company, which prides itself for offering an “eReader for Everyone,” continues to make its devices available at premier retail organizations across North America including Best Buy, Family Christian bookstores, Indigo-Chapters, Toys“R”Us, Target, Walmart, Future Shop, Staples, The Source, and members of the American Booksellers Association.
For more information about Kobo and its Family of eReaders, please visit www.kobo.com/ereaders.