From the Kobo blog:

Readers in Australia and New Zealand can now fit books into more parts of the day with subscription options to suit every type of reader

Rakuten Kobo has expanded its Kobo Plus subscription service in Australia and New Zealand, now offering unlimited access to Kobo Audiobooks in the catalogue for a low monthly fee. With limitless access to more than 1.3 million eBooks and over 100,000 audiobooks in the Kobo Plus offering, Australians and New Zealanders can now enjoy read-only or listen-only for $13.99 AUD/$14.99 NZD per month or endless reading with everything the service has to offer with the combined read and listen subscription for $16.99 AUD/$17.99 NZD per month. Subscribers will be able to explore the eBook and audiobook catalogue stress-free with a free 30-day trial.

“At Kobo, our goal is to make reading lives better with an unparalleled, accessible reading experience. Whether it’s our best-in-class eReaders, our expansive eBook and audiobook offering or our top-rated Kobo apps for reading and listening, we’re in the business of delighting readers. After over a decade as pioneers in the digital reading space, we’ve learned that nothing excites a booklover as much as saying “read as much as you want,” which is exactly what our Kobo Plus service offers,” said Bart Robers, Director, Audiobooks and Global Subscriptions, Rakuten Kobo.

“In the two years since launching Kobo Plus all-you-can-read eBooks in Australia and New Zealand, we’ve seen a flood of readers try it out. It’s been incredible to see how voracious they are when it comes to reading, which is why we’re expanding the Kobo Plus subscription offering to include audiobooks as another way for booklovers to continue reading on-the-go. Now, Kobo users can enjoy unlimited reading and listening in more moments throughout their day for a low monthly fee.”

These audiobook lovers can access Kobo Plus via the free Kobo Books App for iOS or Android, and directly on select Kobo eReaders, to begin discovering new authors and genres, including:

  • Suspenseful thrillers by Australian author Rachel Amphlett along with titles from around the world by M.C. Beaton, Emily Hepditch and Elizabeth Peters
  • Romance by Claire Contreras, Toni Anderson, Alexis Hall, Jackie Lau and Beverly Lewis
  • Self-help bestsellers from Brianna Wiest, Gabrielle Bernstein, Eckhart Tolle and Deepak Chopra
  • Fascinating mystery series by C.J. Archer, Rachel Lynch, Molly Black and Dale Mayer
  • Best-selling biographies of Anthony Kiedis, Mariel Hemingway and Buffy Sainte-Marie
  • Contemporary fiction by beloved authors including Elena Ferrante, Lynne McEwan, Louisa Scarr and Alice Hoffman
  • Thoughtful nonfiction by Linden MacIntyre, Thomas King and Ibram X. Kendi
  • Renowned literary works from Louisa May Alcott, Oscar Wilde, Lewis Carroll, Jane Austen to name a few
  • Classics of Childhood narrated by celebrities like John Ritter, Betty White, Michael York, Robby Benson, Brian Austin Green and more
  • Full celebrity cast narrations by Jordan Fisher, Dascha Polanco, Orson Scott Card amongst others

In addition to books from some of the country’s biggest publishers, the subscription features stories from Kobo’s publishing arm, Kobo Originals, and eBooks and audiobooks published through Kobo Writing Life—Kobo’s global self-publishing platform.

About Rakuten Kobo Inc. 

Rakuten Kobo Inc. is the world’s digital bookseller created by and for book lovers. Owned by Tokyo-based Rakuten Group, Inc. and headquartered in Toronto, Rakuten Kobo’s millions of worldwide users can read anytime, anywhere, and on any device. With a mission to make reading lives better for all, Rakuten Kobo connects readers to stories using thoughtful and personalised curation of eBooks and audiobooks, and the best dedicated eReaders and apps for reading. With the singular focus of making reading lives the best they can be, Kobo’s open platform allows people to fit reading into more moments in their busy lives.   To learn more about Rakuten Kobo, visit www.kobo.com/au / www.kobo.com/nz

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