Kobo to Make McClatchy Newspapers Available to Readers in United States

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Thirty eNewspapers available for two-week free trial for customers using Kobo Touch eReader™ and Kobo iPhone/iPad apps.

Kobo Inc., a global leader in eReading, today announced its partnership with the McClatchy Company that brings all of the company’s daily newspapers to the Kobo store. Available today, Kobo customers can enjoy a two-week free trial to any of the company’s 30 daily newspapers including the prestigious Miami Herald and its Spanish counterpart El Nuevo Herald.

The McClatchy Company is the third-largest newspaper company in the United States, bringing daily and weekly newspapers from across 15 states to Kobo customers. McClatchy offers local favorites including The Sacramento Bee, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, The Kansas City Star, The Charlotte Observer and The News & Observer. As an associate member of the Newspaper Association of America (NAA), Kobo is focused on providing its customers with a wealth of popular newspapers and periodicals including the McClatchy Company papers, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and the Harvard Business Review.

“Kobo is dedicated to bringing its customers a superior digital content experience through our best-in-class eReading service, award winning eReaders, and free eReading applications,” said Jan Ehrlich, Director of Newspapers and Periodicals at Kobo. “We are thrilled to bring the McClatchy Company on board as part of our premier newspaper offering.”

Customers can easily access Kobo’s online newsstand at http://www.kobo.com and read the selected newspaper on the Kobo Touch eReader or via the Kobo app for iPad and iPhone devices. The Kobo Touch eReader provides seamless page turns and automatic bookmarks and a 6” glare-free screen for readers who like to take their newspaper outside. With Kobo’s award-winning Kobo Touch, the eInk technology mimics reading print on paper and utilizes displays to organize and to quickly navigate different sections of the newspaper.

“McClatchy’s strategy is to make its publications available to consumers in whatever form and location they want,” said Christian A. Hendricks, Vice President, Interactive Media, for the McClatchy Company. “Devices such as the Kobo Touch eReaders are an important part of that strategy.”

All content in Kobo’s online newsstand comes with a free 14 day trial. For subscribers, new issues are automatically delivered to the Kobo Touch or Kobo user account and the Kobo Touch will automatically store up to 14 issues of each periodical, removing older issues as new ones are delivered.

To get started with the free 14-day trial and for a full list of Kobo’s online periodicals please visit kobo.com/newsstand

About McClatchy
The McClatchy Company is a leading news and information provider, offering a wide array of print and digital products in each of the markets it serves. As the third largest newspaper company in the country, McClatchy's operations include 30 daily newspapers, community newspapers, websites, mobile news and advertising, niche publications, direct marketing and direct mail services. The company's largest newspapers include The Miami Herald, The Sacramento Bee, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, The Kansas City Star, The Charlotte Observer and The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C. McClatchy is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol MNI.

About Kobo, Inc.
Kobo Inc. is one of the world’s fastest-growing eReading services offering more than 2.5 million eBooks, magazines and newspapers– and counting. Believing that consumers should have the freedom to read any book on any device, Kobo has built an open-standards platform to provide consumers with a choice when reading. Inspired by a “Read Freely” philosophy and a passion for innovation, Kobo has expanded to nearly 200 countries, where millions of consumers have access to localized eBook catalogues and award-winning eReaders, like the Kobo Touch. With top-ranked eReading applications for Apple, BlackBerry, Android, and Windows products, Kobo allows consumers to make eReading social through Facebook Timeline and Reading Life, an industry-first social experience that lets users to earn awards for time spent reading and encouraging others to join in. Headquartered in Toronto and owned by Tokyo-based Rakuten, Kobo eReaders can be found in major retail chains across the globe.

For more information, visit http://www.kobo.com.

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