Amazon Canada isn’t selling its famous Kindle e-reader to Canadians this holiday season, despite it being a hot ticket on the Christmas wishlist of many Northern bookworms and curious cats. (Citing supply problems. Which means they’re reserving more copies for Americans.)
And Google’s new online eBooks store? Well, that’s for those greedy Americans only, too.
Heck, even the Nook—and who wants a Nook?—is a U.S.-only product.
Canadians need a Canadian solution to this e-reader drought, and that comes in the form of Toronto-based Kobo Inc., Indigo’s answer to Amazon, Sony, and the like. Not that the Kobo e-reader is new—but it’s been lost in the dust of Amazon’s aggressive sales tactics. Now, however, there aren’t many options for those North of the border, so it’s time for Kobo to shine. From The Globe and Mail:
Not only is the Kobo e-reader currently the bestselling gift at the bricks-and-mortar bookstores of the device’s corporate parent, Indigo Books and Music, but Toronto-based Kobo Inc. is already selling books worldwide through an online store that pioneered many of the features touted at this week’s launch of the U.S.-only Google eBooks service.
Kobo CEO Michael Serbinis is quick to point out that “Google isn’t bringing anything new to the party. Customers around the world can already access millions of books, newspapers and magazines on Kobo.”
Amazon.com is a closed-in system, while Google is open, permitting access by users of different devices—but Kobo pioneered this, having done so since its inception. Observers note that the Google service closely resembles the Kobo model.
It’s cold up here in the Winter, and a cold shoulder from Southern e-reader companies stings bitterly. Fortunately, Kobo cares about customer experience and it cares about Canadians: we can still read e-books in our igloos when the blizzards hit!