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Kobo kicks off Originals audiobook program with Zoe Whittall’s The Best Kind of People

Rakuten Kobo has released its first original audiobook title. Zoe Whittall’s Giller Prize–nominated novel The Best Kind of People (House of Anansi Press), narrated by London-based actor Sonja Field, is now available exclusively on the digital platform.

The Kobo Originals program, which will feature exclusive ebook and audiobook content, comes four months after the e-retailer announced its new audiobook subscription service.

Although no details were provided on future titles, Pieter Swinkels, Kobo’s executive vice-president of publisher relationships and content, told Q&Q: “We are ramping up the production of our Kobo Originals, and you’ll be seeing more exclusive content from us throughout the year. We’re also working in close collaboration with Canadian agents and publishers to create a healthy audiobook market in which audiobooks will be available to all retailers long term.”