iPad not in Canada (yet) but Canada in iPad (now)

Like most of you, we’re waiting for the iPad to come to Canada.  According to the fine folks at the Toronto Star we should expect the iPad at the same time as it starts shipping to the States.  Yet, a phone call to Apple Canada revealed no official “Canadian” date.  “What you see on the website is all that we know too.”  Okay.

However, expect a popular Canadian app to be present on iPads – Kobo for iPad. kobo

For those that don’t know, Kobo is an online retailer of eBooks. Kobo differentiates themselves in that they are an open source company that encourages their community to read Kobo-purchased eBooks on any smartphone, desktop, laptop, the Sony eReader, and, yes now, the Apple iPad.  Pretty cool.

With Kobo for iPad, you will be able to read all the books you have already purchased, buy and read new ones, highlight, annotate, and leverage some very exciting new features we have in store for our new apps.  

This means that Kobo will be an excellent alternative for those iPad users who want a choice where they purchase their eBooks from.  Kobo says they are committed to “building the best eReading service – apps, store, content – worldwide, in an open manner that gives consumers choice.  We believe consumers want choice on the content they consume, where they shop for content and the devices that they use.”

Kobo is a global eBook retailer.  They are backed by giants in the book retailing industry in Canada and the U.S. Their partners include Indigo Books & Music, Borders, REDgroup Retail, Cheung Kong Holdings, and other leaders in technology and retail.