The European Commission has announced a formal antitrust investigation into Amazon’s Kindle ebook business and the way Amazon requires publishers to inform it about more favourable terms offered to its competitors.
When we caught up with the Kobo team back in April, they explained how that thinking behind the Glo HD was to make reading as simple and enjoyable as possible both for existing ebook fans and, more importantly, the legions of book lovers who’ve so far turned their noses up at reading on a screen.
Customers will be able to use their own WiFi-enabled devices to connect to the plane’s entertainment portal and, if they’ve finished by the time they land, will receive an email from Kobo with information about how to purchase the book in order to continue reading the book at their destination.
The subscription based social e-reading service already offers its 2 million readers titles from HarperCollins, Atlantic Books, Allison & Busby, John Blake, Titan Books, The History Press, Birlinn, Oldcastle Books, Pushkin Press and Short Books.
Priced £109.99, the device will be available in Canada, the US, Australia, and New Zealand from the 1st May, with French shoppers able to snap them up from May 22nd, while those in Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, and Spain will can get them the same day as UK buyers.
Tesco is shutting its blinkbox Books service and transferring all customers to rival ebook retailer Kobo. The move follows Tesco’s sale of the main blinkbox movie and TV show streaming service to TalkTalk earlier this year.
The special offer – a reduction from the usual price of £89 – runs from the 19th- 28th of December and is available at John Lewis, Argos, ASDA, Blackwells and Foyles.