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Kobo Vox reader tablet lands at Best Buy in US

updated 10:00 am EST, Wed February 15, 2012

Kobo Vox spreads to Best Buy stores

Kobo made an important leap forward for itself Wednesday after it landed a deal for the Vox e-reader tablet to reach US Best Buy stores. The Android slate should be in stores now for the same $199 asked elsewhere. All four colors should be available on the Vox, which ships preloaded with both Kobo's own book app as well as PressReader newspapers, Zinio magazines, Merriam-Webster's Dictonary, and major apps like Rdio's music streaming, Facebook, and Twitter.

Best Buy has already been carrying Kobo's hardware in the past, focusing primarily on the Kobo Touch e-paper reader.

The expansion would help counter inroads made by Amazon's Kindle Fire and to help up Kobo's stakes in the US, where its share isn't as great as in its native Canada. Kobo was recently bought by Rakuten, but it so far acts mostly independently in North America and faces hurdles to staying relevant in the face of competition that can now sometimes be cheaper or promise more features. The company doesn't have a video store or much else beyond e-books t its heart.




by MacNN Staff

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  1. D.Guess

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Kobo Vox rocks

    I mainly read comics and manga on my e-readers so the color display of the KoboVox is perfect for that. I also love the handy back-lighting feature, cloud storage and Android support. I love that I can download my reading material directly from all you can books and straight onto my e-reader, without plugging it into PCs or laptops. The battery life is pretty awesome as well.

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