Booksellers NZ and Kobo have struck up a deal to bring e-books and e-readers to independent Kiwi book shops throughout the country.
They hope to have bookshops selling Kobo products in-store by Christmas.
“For too long New Zealand’s independent book shops have had to watch while their customers buy e-books through major international retailers," said Lincoln Gould, Booksellers NZ chief executive.
"Many bookshops have an eye on the future, selling books through their websites. Now they will have access to sell e-books and e-readers too through Kobo, a well-known and reputable brand with an extensive catalogue."
Paper Plus will be stocking Kobo e-readers and e-books from November, and is also set to launch its own branded tablet – Octavo – at the same time. Prices for all items are yet to be confirmed; Whitcoulls currently sells the Koko e-reader online for $199.
Paper Plus Group chief executive Rob Smith said Kobo had one of the widest selections of local content.
"We haven’t taken the decision of getting into the e-book and e-reader market lightly, however, it’s clear that New Zealanders are embracing technology such as smartphones, tablets and e-readers.”
The Kobo Glo and associated accessories will be available at Paper Plus stores, selected Take Note stores, and from its website.