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Like Kobo On Facebook For Chance To Win eReader

Kobo is running a social media promotion and the winner will get a free eReader. All you have to do is “Like” Kobo on Facebook and if you are the 10,000th person to do so, you will win the eReader.

Kobo is using Twitter to promote the cause. At 1:48 PM ET today, the Kobo Twitter account tweeted: “Kobo has over 9600 fans on facebook (http://www.facebook.com/kobo.) If you’re the 10 000th, you will win an ereader!”

To become a Facebook fan of Kobo, follow this link.

Kobo Upgrades Android eReader App

Kobo has updated its Android eBook application. The upgrade includes the ability to search, add and read Internet Archive ePubs and the ability read eBooks in a DRM-free ePub format.

The free app and the upgrade is available through the Android Market to all smartphone users running Google Android 1.6 or higher.

The application launched back in June and is available across Android based-devices. The Kobo app will come preloaded on RIM’s new tablet device called the PlayBook. The Kobo app for the PlayBook will include a social reading functionality which will let readers read and shop for books with their friends within the app.

Kobo Updates Reading App To Include Newspapers

eReader company Kobo has updated its reading app to include a new newspaper and magazine reading service, as well as a dictionary.

This comes after yesterday’s news that B&N’s new Nook Color will feature a newspaper reading section with more than 100 newspapers and magazines partners providing regular content for it.

With the update, Kobo users can purchase digital versions of print newspapers as soon as they hit newsstands. Kobo’s blog explains more: “Kobo’s newspapers and magazines are formatted to bring the publications same unique qualities to the digital reading experience. Plus, you can customize your read by selecting from several text sizes – giving you an easy comfortable reading experience even when you have had a long day and your eyes are tired.”

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Week In Review: Kobo, Amazon, The Book Futurists

Happy weekend! Here is a roundup of this week’s eBook news:

BlackBerry-maker RIM announced its new PlayBook tablet.

A social reading Kobo app will come installed on the PlayBook.

We launched a new video series called The Book Futurists, beginning with an interview with Andrew Malkin of Zinio.

Kobo announced a $139 eReader.

Amazon launched Kindle for the Web.

Scholastic finds that kids have a growing interest in eBooks.

Ray Kurzweil’s eBook software Blio launched with glitches.

Google released an SEO Guide eBook.

Amazon released a plugin to make Kindle books in InDesign.

Lit agent Sharlene Martin released a book exclusively through Amazon’s CreateSpace.

Kobo App Will Come On BlackBerry PlayBook

Kobo’s social reading application designed for the new BlackBerry PlayBook tablet will come preloaded on the device. This is the second tablet that the Kobo eReader will come preloaded on, as Kobo is the default eReading app on the Samsung GALAXY Tab as well.

Kobo’s application is designed to make digital reading a social experience. Kobo CEO Michael Serbinis explains the social functions in a blog post: “The app will let readers Shop with a friend, read with a group, exchange passages, and discuss the book in real-time. I’m really excited about this.”

Amazon also has announced their Kindle app for the tablet, and likely Barnes & Noble and Borders will follow before the tablet comes out next year.

Kobo Announces $139 eReader

Watch out Kindle, Kobo has a new $139 eReader. The new Kobo Wireless eReader and comes WiFi-enabled, so that readers can shop directly from their device. Compared to earlier Kobos, it also has upgraded hardware, a new battery and a new eInk screen.

The new eReader is available directly from Kobo, as well as from Borders, Indigo Books & Music and Walmart in Canada.  The eReader is available for preorder today and the devices ship in October.

As part of the release, Kobo has partnered with Random House of Canada to give away two free eBooks to customers who pre-order the device from either Kobobooks.com or at Indigo Books & Music in Canada. The titles include Linwood Barclay’s suspense novel Fear the Worst and When My World Was Very Small by Ruth Rakoff.

Kobo App For PlayBook Based On Social eReading

Yesterday BlackBerry announced its new PlayBook tablet computer and Kobo’s eReading platform is integrated into the new device.

The Kobo application is integrated directly with BlackBerry Messenger in a move to make digital reading a social experience. Kobo CEO Michael Serbinis explains the social functions in a blog post: “The app will let readers Shop with a friend, read with a group, exchange passages, and discuss the book in real-time. I’m really excited about this.”

It does sound compelling, but there is something nice about not socializing while you are reading, which is why single-function devices like the Kindle do so well. They keep out the distractions and keep the book the center of attention. Still it could be an interesting way to prepare for book club meetings and for book publishers to market to customers.

Amazon also has an app ready for the new tablet, which is slated for release in 2011.