Kobo News & Updates: New Windows 8 App, Arc Pricing/Reporting [4]

Introducing the Kobo Windows 8 App

The Kobo Books app is now available in the Windows 8 store.

Just like iOS, Android, and other platforms, the Windows 8 app includes direct links to capture customer accounts [5]. Instructions for constructing links can be found in the full edition of the March 12 Kobo News & Updates [6]. After registering for an account, new users can then download the app from the Windows store.

As an added bonus, customers who download the Kobo Windows 8 app will receive a free edition of Robert Ludlum’s The Janson Command by Paul Garrison and a preview of The Janson Option. Download a web banner [7] promoting the Windows 8 app and Robert Ludlum’s The Janson Command in the Designs and Downloads section of BookWeb.org [8].

Arc Prices and Reporting Deadlines

There have been two recent price drops for the original Kobo Arc. Prices and reporting deadlines vary by device size.

The current price of each device is as follows:

  • 16 GB Original Arc – Now $99.99
  • 32 GB Original Arc – Now $99.99 (Marked down from $129 for a $28.50 rebate)
  • 64 GB Original Arc – Now $149.99

Quantities for the 16GB and the 64GB must be reported by March 15 using the reporting tool link that reads: Report Kobo Arc On Hand – 16GB and 64GB only. The in-stock quantities should represent the store’s in-stock amount as of January 17, 2014. Stores should include Arcs ordered after January 17 in the spreadsheet.

Quantities for the 32GB must be reported by March 26 using the reporting tool link that reads: Report Kobo Arc On Hand – 32GB only. The in-stock quantities should represent a store’s in-stock levels as of March 1, 2014. Arcs ordered after March 1 should be included in the spreadsheet.

For Arc 32GBs in stock, stores must submit a new report in order to receive a rebate. The original Arc report will only issue a rebate for the price drop to $129.99.

Current prices of all Kobo devices and reporting instructions are available here. [9]

Questions should be addressed to kobosupport@bookweb.org [10].

Kobo Resources on BookWeb.org

Current Device Prices and Reporting Instructions [9]: Not sure what to charge for an Aura, or when you need to report the latest sale? Visit this new page for continued pricing updates.

Kobo Program Contact Guide: [11] Have a question? Find out who to call.

Kobo DIY [8]: In addition to product images [12], special promotions [13], and Kobo Kids [14], there’s also a bunch of educational materials [15] and sales aids [16] in the Kobo section of Designs and Downloads. 

Kobo Announcement Archive [17]: Miss an email? Review past newsletters for recent Kobo program news.

Discover Kobo [18]: The best guide for training staff on Kobo.

Kobo's New Logo

Kobo recently released a new logo and tagline, “Read more.” Kobo's inspiration with the new design is “a visual hello... designed to express Kobo's vision, mission, and above all, our passion for reading.”

So while booksellers can still “Read freely,” they are now encouraged to “Read more,” too. The new logo and usage guidelines can be found in the Designs and Downloads section of BookWeb.org [19].

All e-mails relating to the Kobo program can be accessed by visiting the Kobo Announcement Archive [17] on BookWeb.org.

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