Kobo to release new device in summer

Kobo to release new device in summer

Kobo is set to launch a new e-reader in the UK on 1st June.

The Kobo Glo HD will offer “the highest resolution screen available on the market and at the lowest price,” according to the Canada-based e-reading company.

The 180g device has an ultra-high resolution of 1448 x 1072, 300 ppi and will have a r.r.p of £109.99. The e-reader will go on sale on 1st June in the UK, but will be available a month earlier from 1st May in Canada, the US, Australia and New Zealand. It comes in black, has a battery life of two months and allows readers to share their favourite passages, quotes, and books on their Facebook Timelines. As well as offering access to Kobo’s e-book library, owners can also play chess and Sudoku on the e-reader.

Takahito Aiki, c.e.o of Kobo, which is owned by Japanese e-commerce company Rakuten, said: “Kobo stands for readers, and our goal is to continually encourage people to read more, wherever they are…With Kobo Glo HD, we now have a high-quality device at a low price point, which we know will be appealing to those wanting to start building their own digital libraries.”

Kobo also released findings of a survey conducted by Edelman Berland, which asked 6,000 people nine questions based in Australia, Canada, Italy, France, UK and the Netherlands.

In the UK, 33% of respondents agreed that a book of any format was a staple item to have with them in their bag, while 69% agreed that reading a book or an e-book allowed their imagination to “journey”. Just under half of the respondents – 48% - agreed that the abundant offering of e-books meant e-readers made it easy to explore new genres.

Michael Tamblyn, president andc c.o.o of Kobo, said: “Kobo Glo HD is the perfect device for the booklover who hasn’t made the jump to digital.”

The last device Kobo released was a waterproof e-reader last August for £139.99. 

The Kobo Glo HD will be available from WH Smith, Argos, Tesco Online, and John Lewis Online.