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KOBO VOX? Colour now available for pre-order at Indigo

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

KOBO VOX? Colour now available for pre-order at Indigo10:36 EDT Wednesday, October 19, 2011- More than an eReader, the new Kobo Vox Colour offers Books, Magazine, Movies, TV Shows, Music, Apps, Games, Web Browsing and More -TORONTO, Oct. 19, 2011 /CNW/ - KOBO, Canada's contender in eReading with over 5 million users globally, enters its most colourful chapter yet with the October 28th launch of the KOBO VOX™ Colour, the first colour device built on open Android™. Indigo, majority shareholder of KOBO, is delighted to offer pre-orders starting today at all Indigo, Chapters and Coles stores and online at Indigo.ca/kobo-vox.Built by readers for readers, the Kobo Vox™ Colour ($199) comes pre-loaded with all the essentials including email, a full web browser, an app store and a rich media player. Simply connect to a WiFi network to experience open access to Android, browse the web, check email, shop the Kobo bookstore, and play games. With access to over 2.4 million eBooks, magazines and newspapers, it's a snap to add books to your library in seconds. Through the preloaded Zinio™ application easily access a selection of over 4,500 magazines, or download your favourite newspapers in vivid colour delivered right to your device through PressReader™. Watch movies, TV shows and home videos in any video file format you choose. Plus, listen to music or access millions of songs with RDIO™, a leading streaming music service. The Kobo Vox™ Colour also offers a suite of optional software including the free top rated Kobo eReading apps available for Apple®, Android and Blackberry smartphones and tablets, as well as PC and Mac computers. Vox also comes with access to 15,000 free apps and 1 million free books."The Kobo Vox Colour provides another leap for Kobo in its sheer level of functionality, ease of use, comfort and style for readers. It's a full and open Android experience at an amazing value. Paired with a vast array of accessories it is our favourite gift to give and receive just in time for this holiday season," said Heather Reisman, founder and CEO of Indigo Books and Music, and Chair of Kobo, Inc.Reading on the new Kobo Vox™ Colour is a joy, with the ability to personalize one's home screen with book covers, photos, or splashy wallpapers, and features the signature quilted back to provide the ultimate in comfort. The device comes in a selection of four contemporary new colours-Hot Pink, Lime Green, Ice Blue and Jet Black. Library views are customizable and best of all readers can choose from 7 fonts and 42 font sizes. Now it's an experience to better enjoy cookbooks, travel guides and children's books and more - all in vivid colour.With the launch of this newest device Kobo continues to amplify the opportunity for "Social Reading" through Kobo Reading Life™ and Kobo Pulse™. It's possible now to track your reading habits with Reading Life and keep tabs on your personalized reading stats, earn fun and exciting awards just for reading and share your favourite books and passages on Facebook® and Twitter®. You can also find out how many people are reading with you, see what others think of the passage you just read and share your ideas on books and passages with the Kobo community of readers using Kobo Pulse™.Michael Serbinis, CEO of Kobo says, "Kobo Vox was designed to allow readers to get the most out of reading and create a complete experience that brings freedom, connections and unlimited choice to the overall experience."Kobo Vox™ Colour at a Glance:Pre-order your KOBO VOX™ Colour now at indigo.ca or at any Indigo, Chapters or Coles location.7" LCD colour multi-touch displayMagazines, cookbooks, travel books and children's books- all in rich colour15,000 free apps for Android™, browse the web and send emails with built in WiFiMusic, movies, TV shows and moreAbout Indigo Books & Music Inc. Indigo is a publicly traded Canadian company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (IDG) and the majority shareholder of  the global eReading service Kobo, Inc. As the largest book, gift and specialty toy retailer in Canada, Indigo operates in all provinces under different banners including Indigo Books & Music; Indigo Books, Gifts, Kids; IndigoSpirit, Chapters, The World's Biggest Bookstore, and Coles. The newly refreshed online division, indigo.ca, features books, eBooks, toys, gifts and, and hosts the award winning Indigo Online Community.About Kobo, Inc.Kobo is a global eReading service with more than 2.5 million eBooks, magazines and newspapers - one of the largest eReading catalogues in the world. Kobo believes in freedom, and unlike other eReading companies (such as Amazon) when you buy a Kobo book, it's yours. Kobo believes consumers should have the freedom to read any book on any device and has attracted millions of readers from over 100 countries across the globe. Kobo has top ranked eReading applications for iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows and MacOS, and is the eReading application of choice for leading tablet OEMs. Kobo's innovative Reading Life is an industry-first comprehensive social eReading experience - Kobo users can earn awards simply for time spent reading and encouraging others. Kobo is backed by majority shareholder Indigo Books & Music Inc., Cheung Kong Holdings, and institutional investors.Watch the Kobo Vox™ Colour video hereFor further information: For images, devices and further information please contact: Janet Eger Vice President, Public Relations, Indigo Books & Music Inc. 416 342 8561 jeger@indigo.ca