Amazon is expected to release a new line of eReaders today and in the meantime Kobo has beaten them to the punch. The Canadian eReader company, which is owned by the Japanese company Rakuten, has introduced a new line of eReaders called the Kobo Family. The collection includes three new devices: the Kobo Glo, Kobo Mini, and the Kobo Arc.
The $79 Kobo Mini is a 5″ eInk eReader. This looks to be the smallest eReader in the marketplace, unless of course, Amazon introduces a similar device at today’s press conference. The Kobo Glo is a $129 6″ eInk eReader with a light up screen. This device will compete with Barnes & Noble’s $139 Nook Glow, an eReader with a light up eInk screen. The Kobo Arc is a 7″ Android multimedia tablet for reading, watching TV and browsing the Web. The 8GB version will cost $199 and the 16GB version is $249. The tablet competes with other tablets on the market from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and others.
The Kobo Family of devices go on presale today and will ship in October.