Kobo Plus US/UK Expansion: an AMA featuring the KWL Team

The Kobo Writing Life team is excited to announce our next Live Q&A on April 20th, from 12:00 PM-1:00 PM EST. KWL Director Tara, author engagement manager Laura, and promotions specialist Rachel will be answering YOUR questions about this exciting Kobo Plus expansion, as well as any questions about Kobo Plus you may have had leading up to this announcement. Bring all your Kobo Plus questions forward to this informative discussion and Q&A session.

Hi authors!  

Huge news! Kobo Plus is now available in more countries than ever before with this latest expansion. Now, Kobo Plus can be accessed by readers living in the USA and the UK.

During this live event, KWL director Tara, author engagement manager Laura and promotions specialist Rachel will be answering your questions about this latest Kobo Plus expansion, how opting in to Kobo Plus (including bulk opt in options), how Kobo Plus can increase your revenue, what Kobo is doing to advertise this service, how it all works, and much more.

Please bring your Kobo Plus-related questions to this event!

Join us on YouTube or Facebook on April 20th at 12PM EST.

And be sure to check out Kobo’s press release!

And read our Kobo Plus FAQ here.

Lastly, here is a general overview of what Kobo Plus has to offer authors:

  1. Reach a whole new audience

“At Kobo, we’re always working to make the reading experience better and more accessible. Our goal is to be delighting readers – with our best-in-class eReaders, top-rated Kobo app, unmatched digital catalogue or curated book recommendations – but there’s nothing as gratifying as saying ‘read as much as you want for a set monthly fee,’ which is exactly what our Kobo Plus subscription offers,” says Bart Robers, Director, Audiobooks and Global Subscriptions, Rakuten Kobo.

“Kobo Plus has become one of our most popular offerings in the Netherlands, Canada, Portugal, Australia, Italy and France, and it’s our pleasure and privilege to be expanding the subscription service in the US and UK, so that readers can enjoy reading and listening without boundaries.”

  • No exclusivity required

There’s no exclusivity needed to participate in Kobo Plus. We want to empower you to run your business independently, and to decide where you want to sell your books.

  • No time limit

There’s no time requirement with Kobo Plus! You can try submitting your whole catalogue, just some of your backlist, or maybe just the first books in your series, to see what works best for you.

  • Choose which titles to include

At Kobo, we want our indie authors to have the freedom to make their own business decisions. There is no restriction on how many or how few books you enrol in Kobo Plus.

  • More money; fewer problems!

Since launching Kobo Plus, we’ve had authors reporting an increase in overall monthly revenue. Kobo Plus allows you to reach a brand new audience of readers.

We look forward to seeing you at this live event! Until then, happy writing.

Tara runs Kobo Writing Life (KWL), Kobo’s independent publishing platform. As a subject matter expert in all aspects of indie publishing, her aim is to make KWL the greatest and most user-friendly self-publishing platform available and always looking for ways for indies to reach a new audience of readers.  

Laura is Kobo Writing Life’s Author Engagement Manager. In her role on the KWL team, she works closely with indie authors to help them reach new readers on Kobo. She has a B.A. in English from York University and a post-grad certificate in book, magazine and electronic publishing from Centennial College. When she’s off the clock, you can find her curled up with a romance book or binge-watching a new reality show.

Rachel left her hometown at seventeen to follow her love of literature to the English department at York University. After graduating with her B.A. in English Literature, Rachel spent some time working odd jobs in both Manhattan and Sydney before returning to her true geographical love, Toronto, and working with the wonderful team at Kobo Writing Life. Rachel is a huge nerd, and will talk your ear off about Buffy the Vampire Slayer while also giving you advice on how to make the most of your promotions at Kobo.