Ann Arbor,
– Books and media retail
store chain Borders (NYSE: BGP) on Friday began taking pre-orders for the Kobo eReader, and
said next month it will debut its e-book store along with applications powered
by Kobo.

Pre-orders for the device will begin arriving on June 17.

The company
said it will also sell the $149 Kobo eReader, along with a variety of other
e-book reader devices, in special "Area-e" digital shops inside
Borders stores that are set to launch in August.

Borders said the Kobo will
come pre-loaded with 100 "classic" books, and that its Borders eBook
store will feature over 1 million titles.


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  1. Interesting, unless i’m mistaken that will make it the cheapest ereader by far. Although the lack of wi-fi makes it undesirable. If a company could release something fully functional, at about $150, they would fly off the shelves.