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September 10, 2012

Kobo Glo, Mini, Touch eReaders and Kobo Arc Android tablet

Kobo has a whole new line of eReading devices on the way. The Kobo Glo, Kobo Mini, Kobo Touch eReaders, and the Kobo Arc 7-inch Android tablet.


The new front-lit Kobo Glo eReading device has a no-glare XGA high-resolution 6" E Ink screen which offers soft, even and adjustable ComfortLight technology for reading day or night. It comes in Black, White, Pink Sunset, Blue Moon, and Silver Star color designs, and will be released on October 1st for $129.99.  The 5-inch Kobo Mini is said to be the world's smallest and lightest full-featured E Ink eReader available. It comes in black or white and also  offers a selection Kobo SnapBacks in Teal, Ruby Red, and Purple. Kobo Mini holds up to 1,000 eBooks, and will hit stores on October 1st for $79.99. The Kobo Touch costs $99.99 and is available in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, and Japanese languages.

The new Kobo Arc tablet is powered by Android 4.0 and features a Kobo-developed interface called Tapestries for discovering videos, movies, books, web pages and other content. It has a 7-inch high-definition display with 16-million colors, front-facing speakers with SRS TruMedia, a built-in microphone and a 1.3 MP camera to take photos and videos. The Kobo Arc offers up to 10 hours of continuous reading or video play, and two weeks on standby.  Google Play offers access to more than 600,000 apps while popular apps like Facebook, Twitter,  Rdio, Zinio and PressReader come pre-loaded on the tablet. Priced at $199.99 for the 8G and $249.99 for the 16G model, the Kobo Arc will be available in November.

Kobo's eBookstore is said to have about 3 million books in 60 different languages available for these new eReaders, and there are free apps for the tablet.


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