Kobo Plus is a subscription service in Italy. This program, in partnership with the Mondadori Store, offers book lovers unlimited access to hundreds of thousands of eBook and Kobo audiobook titles for just € 9.99 per month. Digital content can be read or listened to in the Kobo apps for Android or IOS or the new e-readers Kobo Sage, Libra 2 and Elipsa. Everything is synced between all of your devices, which is very convenient. Since starting their partnership in 2012, Rakuten Kobo and Mondadori Store have worked together to deliver Italy’s best digital reading experience. Kobo Plus is the first service in Italy to offer a combined reading and listening subscription offer at an affordable price and a single access point.
In creating the Kobo Plus catalog, Rakuten Kobo worked with the largest publishers in the country – including Montessori, Garzanti, Longanesi, Feltrinelli and many others – as well as the best independent Italian publishers such as Sur. The catalog also includes Kobo Originals, such as Silvia Volpis Il silenzio dell’erba, and eBooks published through Kobo Writing Life – stories from Rakuten Kobo’s own publishing platform that allows authors to self-publish – as part of the subscription service.
The new Kobo Plus collection features a variety of stories, including literary classics and popular genre pageturner such as Ilaria Tutis Fiori sopra l’inferno; Ken Follett’s Kingsbridge novels, including as Pillars of the earth; Not è la fine del mondo by Alessia Gazzola; and La Guerra dei Courtney by Wilbur Smith, among many others. Other authors of the catalog include Fabio Volo, Cristiana Capotondi, Melania Mazzucco, Gianrico Carofiglio and Alice Basso, while great actors like Anna Bonaiuto and Fabrizio Gifuni bring stories to life as narrators for Kobo audiobooks.
“Italy was the first country to teach us how to use digital reading to improve reading life during difficult lockdown times and we have seen significant growth in digital reading as a result. That’s why we’re so proud to introduce Kobo Plus here – it’s our way of expanding our commitment to Italy by making a great reading experience even better. The all-you-can-enjoy subscription enables Italian book lovers to explore new titles and genres risk-free while introducing them to Kobo audiobooks and Kobo originals, selected and curated by experienced and dedicated book experts, “said Michael Tamblyn, CEO, Rakuten Kobo. Tamblyn continued, “Our mission has always been to make the reading experience better and more accessible for everyone. By working with equally committed partners like the Mondadori Store, we can continue to connect more authors with more Italian readers. “
Michael Kozlowski has been writing about audio books and e-readers for twelve years. His articles have been received by major and local news sources and websites such as CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post, and the New York Times. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.