UK high street magazine, books and stationary shop WH Smiths are to enter the digital ebook age as they announce they are to sell the Kobo eReader device in their stores.
WH Smiths will sell two versions of the eReader; the touchscreen-based Kobo Touch (priced £109.99) as well as the basic Kobo Wi-Fi version at £89.99. Both will be available from October 17th.
The e-ink readers will offer users access to Kobo’s own digital storefront, giving access to some 2.2 million titles as well as one million free books, which WH Smiths claims makes it the most comprehensive digital book catalouge in the UK.
Bookshops however reluctantly are having to move with the ebook revolution of our times. Waterstones recently announced plans to release their own e-reading device, while Barnes & Noble’s Nook device has proved popular in the US.