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keriflur
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Kobo following in the Path of Nook?

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http://publishingperspectives.com/2013/09/ether-for-authors-is-the-dust-up-over-kobos-devices-fair/

 

This article about the new Kobo devices takes a look at how what they're doing parallels what B&N has done, and asks whether or not they should expect a different outcome.

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patgolfneb
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Re: Kobo following in the Path of Nook?

Certainly some good points.  I do think it's important to remember that the USA is not the only major market.  In Europe and Asia where Apple and Amazon are less dominating maybe they can find their place. Samsung might have a lot to say about that of course. 

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Re: Kobo following in the Path of Nook?

Good for them, though I worry that the proliferation of devices may distract them from competing well on any one single device, plus the price.
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bobstro
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Re: Kobo following in the Path of Nook?

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They definitely seem to "get" what business they're in, unlike B&N:

 

'... Kobo’s content chief Michael Tamblyn had enunciated as his target customer, worldwide: Kobo Aims at “People with Reading at the Center of Their Lives.'

 

'... The company is positioning itself as being focused on the reading experience, especially with features such as “Reading Mode,” which allows the user, among other things, to turn off notifications from other apps on its tablets to keep distractions at a minimum…Beyond that, Kobo has launched a new book discovery tool called “Beyond the Book,” designed to help users find new books “via highlighted topics within books and content from across the Web.”'

 

I do have to wonder about the high end devices, but at least they're keeping the focus on reading.