WH Smith hurls itself into the e-reading wrestle ring
Look out Amazon, because WH Smith are coming for you money and your glory and maybe even your women as well. How? By blowing the Kindle clean out of the water with the UK’s first wi-fi touchscreen e-reader, which they’ll be launching later this month.
They’ve done it in collaboration with Kobo (no, us neither) and will sell two versions of the device, which also appears to be called Kobo, in their stores, with customers able to download ebooks via the WH Smith site.
We’re mocking and scoffing a little bit, but Kobo users will have access to 2.2 million titles, so it’s clearly not a half-baked project. The touchscreen version of the Kobo is available to order now for £109.99 while the non-touchscreen version is £89.99.
The announcement coincided with the news that WH Smith’s group profits are up 4% to £93 million in spite of a 5% fall in high street sales.