Kobo Launches Audiobook Program

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    Kobo logoOn September 6, Rakuten Kobo announced that the company has added audiobooks to the Kobo experience.

    A subscription plan is available to U.S. customers for $9.99 per month. Customers can redeem their monthly credit for any audiobook at Kobo.com, and can earn Kobo Super Points on their monthly subscription fees or audiobook purchases. Kobo is also offering customers a 30-day free trial period.

    “We have more books than time, always. Audiobooks let our readers fit the books they love into more parts of their day,” said Michael Tamblyn, CEO of Rakuten Kobo Inc. “Audio lets you be in two places at once — exploring the galaxy on the daily commute, solving a crime while doing the laundry, or wherever you want your favorite story to take you.”

    ABA member booksellers participating in the Kobo eBook program will not get revenue share from audiobook sales.

    Learn more about Kobo’s audiobook program here.

    Kobo devices are available for booksellers to purchase through the Kobo corporate site. ABA members that do not have a Kobo account should contact Kobo’s Natalie Jefferson.

    The following devices are currently available:


    Bookstores not currently participating in the Kobo eReading program can find out how to join here. Questions and comments about all things Kobo-related should be directed to kobosupport@bookweb.org.