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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Borders' e-book partners are not going out of business

Despite the loss of their Borders connection, Kobo and BookBrewer are still here.




Kobo is a global eReading service with more than 2.4 million eBooks, magazines and newspapers. Kobo has eReading applications for iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows and MacOS, and is the eReading application of choice for leading tablet OEMs. The Kobo Wireless eReader and the new Kobo eReader Touch Edition are available at leading retailers, including Indigo, Walmart, Best Buy and WH Smith.  It had been available at Borders.

Here's a statement from the company:

The management of Kobo, a global leader in eReading with over 4.2 million users in more than 100 countries worldwide, has issued comments relating to the ongoing liquidation of Borders to clarify misconceptions about Kobo that have been inaccurately reported by the media and misunderstood by consumers.

Kobo management provides the following facts regarding the company:
Kobo is a privately-held company that offers over 2.4 million eBooks, newspapers, and magazines — one of the largest eReading catalogues in the world.

Readers from over 100 countries across the globe download and read using Kobo’s top-ranked free eReading applications for iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows and MacOS. Kobo is the eReading application of choice for leading tablet OEMs.

While Borders is one of the early investors in Kobo, it holds only a minority stake in Kobo, approximately 11 percent. The Borders shares are subject to the terms of the Kobo shareholders’ agreement which, among other things, restricts their transfer or disposition.

Borders serves as part of Kobo’s distribution in the U.S. along with Best Buy, Walmart, Sears and other top retailers.

Kobo does not rely on Borders for content. Kobo owns the publishing agreements and has direct relationships with all major publishers, including Random House, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, St. Martin’s Press and many more. Kobo is solely responsible for payment to publishers for eBooks sold through the Kobo platform and publishers will continue to be paid on time as usual.

For some time, Kobo and Borders have been in the process of transitioning Borders’ customers’ eBook accounts to Kobo, in order to provide such customers direct access to the most up-to-date eReading functionality, apps and devices. All Borders customers that have transitioned to Kobo shall enjoy uninterrupted access to their e-Reading accounts. Kobo shall continue to work with Borders to transition customer accounts to Kobo.

For those Borders customers who haven’t transferred their eBook libraries to Kobo, the process is quick and easy. Borders customers can visit kobo.to/bmigrate to transfer their Borders eBook library to Kobo. No additional steps are required to continue reading on your Kobo eReader. For those Borders customers that are using Borders apps to access their eBook libraries, visit kobo.com to download a free Kobo eReading app for your computer, smartphone or tablet.

Owners of Kobo eReaders will continue to use their Kobo eReader as usual, and be able to browse and shop for new titles in the Kobo Store with no interruption or change in service.

Kobo continues to grow in the U.S. and around the world. Kobo is very pleased with progress of the launch of the new Kobo eReader Touch Edition which is available at leading retailers including Indigo, Walmart, Best Buy and WH Smith.

Kobo continues to build international growth with the successful launch of Kobo in Germany, the first rollout of several planned international launches.

As an interested party in the Borders bankruptcy proceedings, Kobo has made certain filings with the court to preserve its legal rights moving forward.

Kobo offers their continued support to the Borders’ community of employees, families and friends.

Statement from Michael Serbinis, CEO, Kobo, Inc:

“As one of the early investors in Kobo, Borders has a minority stake in our company and serves as part of our distribution in the U.S. along with Walmart, Best Buy, Sears and other leading retailers. As a member of the broader book publishing and retailing community, we are watching Borders’ story and will offer our support to Borders and their employees. Kobo will continue to serve Borders customers – in this time of transition as well as moving forward – to provide the ultimate eReading experience and one of the widest selection of eBooks available to the eReading community worldwide.”




BookBrewer is a service that converts text from such sources as bklogs and websites into e-books. BookBrewer had operated the Borders Get Published  service.

Here's a statement from BookBrewer:

The recent news of Borders' planned liquidation has naturally created some questions for authors who have used our co-branded Borders Get Published Powered by BookBrewer service over the past 8 months.

We want to take the opportunity to reassure users of both Borders Get Published and BookBrewer that your books and customer data are safe and will not be affected by Borders' liquidation.

Borders Get Published is run by FeedBrewer, Inc., which has a marketing partnership with Borders. We at FeedBrewer operate the service at borders.bookbrewer.com, maintain the servers and customer data, distribute authors' eBooks to all major retailers (including but not limited to Borders), receive royalty payments from retailers and pay royalties out to authors.

Author agreements are with FeedBrewer, and we have the necessary legal rights to continue to serve Borders Get Published customers even after Borders has liquidated, whether or not the Borders.com Web site continues to operate in the future.

We also run BookBrewer.com, a completely separate service which will also not be affected. Likewise, our integrated print on demand service which is operated in conjunction with Consolidated Graphics will continue operating without disruption.

FeedBrewer will honor all commitments to and agreements with its current and future customers, including:

•Operating publishing services. Authors can continue to use the service to edit and publish eBooks and Print on Demand titles.

•Distributing eBooks to retailers, collecting royalties and paying those out to authors on a quarterly basis.

•Fulfilling Print on Demand orders with our print partner, Consolidated Graphics. We plan to continue to operate the Borders Get Published service at its current location for the time being.

There may naturally be some changes in the future as Borders' liquidation process proceeds and its company winds down, but we will strive to ensure that any changes are as seamless as possible. And as mentioned earlier, BookBrewer.com is completely unrelated to Borders Get Published and will continue to operate as normal. BookBrewer customers' books and customer data will remain safe and unaffected even if we make changes to Borders Get Published.

If you are a current customer we want to thank you for your patronage, and we look forward to continuing to work with you in the future.


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