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Old 10-21-2010, 06:31 PM   #1
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Kobo Wireless eReader in Walmart US – starting next week!

(From Kobo's Facebook blog)

http://blog.kobobooks.com/2010/10/21...ing-next-week/

BY NEIL ON OCTOBER 21, 2010
On Monday we started shipping the first Kobo Wireless eReaders to customers who pre-ordered the device in Canada, and starting next week it will be available for purchase at Borders and one of the largest discount department stores in the U.S. – Walmart!

Building on our relationship with Walmart Canada, Kobo’s Wireless eReader will be available in 2500 US Walmart stores across the country starting next week.

The Walmart customer values everyday low prices for quality goods, two principles that we also stand for here at Kobo. The Kobo Wireless eReader will be the opening price in the eReader category, thousands of free books available for download through the Kobo bookstore, today’s bestsellers and 100 free literary masterpieces pre-loaded. Furthermore, the Kobo eReader is easy-to-use and stylized, with our signature quilted back that makes reading comfortable and enjoyable.

We are thrilled to see the Kobo Wireless eReader receiving mass distribution. This partnership further validates our promise and vision of making eReading available to everyone.
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Old 10-21-2010, 06:38 PM   #2
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Well, I guess that's it, then. All the major players are now selling at big box stores. This is going to be fun.
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Anyone know when the new Kobo wifi will be released here in Australia?
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Old 10-21-2010, 07:33 PM   #4
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Anyone know when the new Kobo wifi will be released here in Australia?
Probably only after they have had to endure at least 12 months of submissions and inquiries from the Australian book publishing cartel! I thought we were supposed to be aiming for free trade here? Obviously only when we are selling to an overseas country, not within Australia!
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Old 10-21-2010, 07:40 PM   #5
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...thousands of free books available for download through the Kobo bookstore...
Does Kobo offer any books without DRM?
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Old 10-21-2010, 07:58 PM   #6
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@GA Russell--My understanding is that some DRM free books are on the Kobo site, and one sees the indication that the books are DRM free when using the mobile applications, but not when viewing the website itself. This has never made much sense to me. I would download using Calibre for DRM free books so they would stay DRM free.
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Old 10-21-2010, 08:08 PM   #7
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Thanks, taming. I just went to the website for the first time, and didn't see anything that looked interesting. We're spoiled by the MR library!
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Old 10-21-2010, 08:41 PM   #8
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I've given this link before GA, but you may want to try this truly terrific Australian collection: http://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/meta/authors.html#A
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I've given this link before GA, but you may want to try this truly terrific Australian collection: http://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/meta/authors.html#A
Not only lots of good books, but also well-formatted. I actually sent this link to Borders for examples they should use to get their ebook suppliers to conform to some reasonable standard.
Whoever runs the Uni of Adelaide book site deserves a big vote of thanks!
Other universities might note - putting this kind of content on your site, with some discreet advertising about your courses etc, will get a lot of web traffic.
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Whoever runs the Uni of Adelaide book site deserves a big vote of thanks!
Steve Thomas runs the site.

http://www.adelaide.edu.au/directory/stephen.thomas
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