More New Zealand bookshops to soon sell e-books and e-readers

“For too long New Zealand’s independent book shops have had to watch while their customers buy e-books through major international retailers," said Lincoln Gould, Chief Executive of Booksellers NZ, the membership organisation for the book industry.

"Many bookshops have an eye on the future, selling books through their websites. Now they will have access to sell e-books and e-readers too through Kobo, a well-known and reputable brand with an extensive catalogue,” said Gould.

"Booksellers NZ has been working for some time to identify a supplier who has the content and system flexibility to supply individual bookshops. Kobo has responded to our needs, which includes the supply of e-books from most of New Zealand's publishers.”

“We are delighted that our corporate members Paper Plus and Whitcoulls are also working with Kobo."

Booksellers NZ joins its sister organisations, the American Booksellers Association and the Booksellers Association of the United Kingdom and Ireland in facilitating Kobo's e-book and e-reader services.

About Kobo Inc.
Kobo Inc. is one of the world’s fastest-growing e-reading services offering nearly 3-million e-books. Believing that consumers should have the freedom to read any book on any device, Kobo has built an open-standards platform to provide consumers with a choice when reading.

Inspired by a “Read Freely” philosophy and a passion for innovation, Kobo has expanded to nearly 190 countries, where millions of consumers have access to localised e-book catalogues and award-winning e-readers, like the Kobo Touch.

With top-ranked e-reading applications for Apple, BlackBerry, Android, and Windows products, Kobo allows consumers to make e-reading social through Facebook Timeline and Reading Life, an industry-first social experience that lets users earn awards for time spent reading and encourage others to join in. Headquartered in Toronto and owned by Tokyo-based Rakuten, Kobo eReaders can be found in major retail chains across the globe.

For more information, visit www.kobo.com.

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