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W H Smith supports Asda's Kobo move

W H Smith has backed rival retailer Asda's move to join WHS in selling Kobo e-readers.

The Bookseller revealed yesterday that the supermarket chain would begin selling the Kobo wireless e-reader for £67 and the touchscreen Kobo for £107 this Friday (9th December).

Asda's price for the wireless Kobo compares favourably with that currently being offered by W H Smith, which is charging £89.99 for the wireless model and £109.99 for the Touch. WHS also sells the latest Kobo, the colour model Vox, which will not be stocked by Asda.

A spokesperson for WHS said: "We are very supportive of Kobo extending their UK retail presence, which will help them to establish themselves as a major UK brand."

WHS' deal, announced in October, also means Kobo's e-books will be sold through its website, with the high street bookseller receiving a cut of every book sold.

Tesco, rival supermarket to Asda, sells Amazon's Kindle e-readers.
 

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Actually, WHSmith are selling the Kobo Wireless for £69, NOT £89, so you'll still save by going to asda but you'll save £2. Big deal. Incidentally WHSmith are selling the Kobo Touch for £99 this has a touch screen (a feature which Amazon does not offer in Europe). You'll have to go to WHSmiths for that though, ASDA don't sell it.

Of course WH Smith's are "very supportive of Kobo extending their UK retail presence" as it makes good business sense. No need to rock the boat and say otherwise. Ultimately the competitive prices will benefit the consumer.

Actually, WHSmith are selling the Kobo Wireless for £69, NOT £89, so you'll still save by going to asda but you'll save £2. Big deal. Incidentally WHSmith are selling the Kobo Touch for £99 this has a touch screen (a feature which Amazon does not offer in Europe). You'll have to go to WHSmiths for that though, ASDA don't sell it.

Of course WH Smith's are "very supportive of Kobo extending their UK retail presence" as it makes good business sense. No need to rock the boat and say otherwise. Ultimately the competitive prices will benefit the consumer.