Toronto, Canada – October 30, 2013 – Kobo, a global leader in eReading, today announced the opening of its new European Software Development Centre in Dublin. With the support of IDA Ireland, Ireland’s government agency with responsibility for attracting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), Kobo has created more than 30 positions now filled with skilled software developers. Working with teams in Toronto, Canada, the Dublin office has become critically important in supporting the development and implementation of Kobo’s international eReading ecosystem for booksellers and Readers around the world.
“Ireland is home to some of the brightest minds in the tech sector, and we’re excited to announce the opening of the Kobo office in Dublin,” saidMichael Serbinis, CEO, Kobo. “Our team in Dublin helps to deliver the best eReading experiences and localized offerings for our bookselling partners like Eason, which we announced today.”
“eReading and eReaders are changing the way we interact with the written word – it’s a transformative and innovative industry and Kobo is at the cutting edge. It makes sense for Kobo to choose Dublin as its base for European operations because we are the tech capital of Europe. But there’s also a nice tie-in from a cultural perspective because Dublin is a UNESCO city of literature. And the partnership with a traditional company like Eason’s is great to see and we can be certain that this will lead to a number of spin-off jobs being created as a result,” said Eoghan Murphy TD.
Commenting on today’s announcement, Barry O’Leary, CEO of IDA Ireland said, “We see Kobo being used on planes, trains and at home. It’s great to have such a thriving brand name put roots down in Ireland. Kobo’s Dublin team will provide the software expertise and support to their customers and colleagues across the world. Kobo in Dublin will enhance Ireland’s reputation as the digital capital of Europe.”firstname.lastname@example.org
About Kobo Inc
Kobo Inc. is one of the world’s fastest-growing eReading services offering nearly 4-million eBooks, magazines and newspapers to millions of customers in 190 countries. Believing that consumers should have the freedom to read any book on any device, Kobo provides consumers with a choice when reading. Kobo offers an eReader for everyone with a wide variety of E Ink eReaders and Google-Certified Android tablets to suit any Reader’s style including the award-winning Kobo Touch™, Kobo Mini, Kobo Glo, Kobo Aura, Kobo Aura HD, Kobo Arc, Kobo Arc 7, Kobo Arc 7HD, and Kobo Arc 10HD. Along with the company’s free top-ranking eReading apps for Apple®, BlackBerry®, Android®, and Windows®, Kobo ensures the next great read is just a page-turn away. Headquartered in Toronto and owned by Tokyo-based Rakuten, Kobo eReaders can be found in major retail chains around the world. For more information, visit www.kobo.com.
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