WHS launches new £169.99 Kobo e-reader

W H Smith has launched a colour WiFi Kobo e-reader, priced £169.99 and with a multimedia touch screen and social media tie-in.

The Kobo Vox, which is available from today (23rd November) in more than 650 WHS stores and online, has a seven-inch, anti-glare screen, and a full colour screen as well as video and audio technology meaning it can be used to listen to music, play games and watch videos as well as readng e-books and viewing illustrations. It also has Kobo's social media tool feature, Pulse, which enables users of the Vox to share book reviews, comments and conversations on Facebook, Twitter or within the book itself.

The Kobo Vox joins the Kobo Touch in store at W H Smith, and has a jet black surround, with the Kobo quilted back. Its memory can hold up to 32,000 e-books, and give access to one million free e-books, and 2.2 million titles overall.

WHS business unit director, books, Rachel Russell said: "We're really pleased with the way customers have responded to the Kobo e-readers and accessories in our stores and we're delighted to be the first UK retailer to offer customers a product as innovative as the new Kobo Vox."

Kobo c.e.o. Michael Serbinis said: "With the combination of a beautiful product, incredible video and audio functionality and now with the advent of social reading, the Kobo Vox is unlike any e-reading product available in the UK today.

"As part of our mission to inspire people to spend more time reading, we've made reading with Vox a truly social experience-we're excited Kobo is the first e-reading platform to be integrated with Facebook Ticker and Timeline, to enable further reading discovery and entertainment enabling us to take e-reading to the next level."