Originally Posted by Sao
Will we see another Amazon.com vs. Amazon.ca with Kobo, where the U.S. market gets all this new, neat stuff (apps, cloud service, music, video streaming) and we're left with just ebooks?
There are always two factors in play when looking at what is available to Canadians. One is that non-Canadian companies don't value our small market very highly and so do not invest much in going after sales, storing inventory, creating a Canadian presence etc. The other is our tax and import structures and our (sometimes protectionist)laws. The two can also combine. It does explains why buy.com is so different in the two countries.
Kobo will face the same laws--the same way that music is licensed, for example, that Amazon faces. They would have these problems if they stayed Canadian owned.