Sony and Kobo have entered into an arrangement that will result in Sony’s e-reading customers in Canada and the U.S. moving over to the Kobo platform.
Effective late March, the Sony Reader Store will close and its users will gain access to Kobo’s eBookstore. New Sony Readers and Xperia devices will come loaded with the Kobo app.
In the first press release issued by new Kobo CEO Takahito Aiki, he said, “With a shared philosophy to deliver the best reading experience across platforms and with the best content available, Kobo and Sony will reach more people than ever before. Together, millions of customers across the U.S. and Canada will find their next great read at their fingertips ““ any time, any place, and on any device.”
The news comes days after Aiki, a former Rakuten executive, was named successor to founding Kobo CEO Michael Serbinis.