Inspired by a "Read Freely" philosophy and a passion for innovation, Kobo is one of the world's fastest-growing eReading services. Read Freely stems from Kobo's belief that consumers should have the freedom to read any book, anytime, anyplace - and on any device. As a result, Kobo has attracted millions of readers from more than 190 countries and features one of the world's largest eReading catalogues with over 3.5 million eBook, newspaper and magazine titles.
Founded in 2009, Kobo is owned by the Tokyo-based Rakuten, Japan's largest eCommerce operator. Headquartered in Toronto our over 300 employees are proud of Kobo's top-ranked eReading applications for the iPad, iPhone, Android, Windows and our own line of eReaders, including the award winning Kobo Touch and Kobo Vox.
As technology continues to push the envelope and break down geographic borders, Kobo believes that reading no longer has to be an isolated activity. We're committed to making reading a more engaging social experience with such apps as Pulse and Reading Life, which let you share and celebrate every aspect of your reading life - from reviews and recommendations to trends and reading challenges.
To support these initiatives - all part of our Read Freely promise - Kobo is committed to being:
We believe open standards for eBooks are best for consumers, publishers, retailers and hardware manufacturers. Closed systems stifle innovation and growth. Kobo proudly supports EPUB and encourages our users to read a Kobo-purchased eBook on their smartphone, eReader, laptop, or whichever device they choose.
Consumers are only just beginning to discover how they want to read digitally. Some will choose dedicated eReaders, others their smartphone or laptop. Most will choose all of the above. We support personal preference and are assembling the world's best catalogue of eBooks, no matter which device our customers use.
With over 3.5 million eBooks to browse, we have engaged readers in 190 countries. Our eBook listings include New York Times bestsellers, award winners, classics and more. We are also proud of our innovative, interactive apps - such as Pulse and Reading Life - aimed at making reading a more engaging social experience.
We believe the opportunity for "eReading" is global, and we are focused on rapidly expanding our global footprint. Kobo already has readers in 190 countries and counting.