LibraryThing: Interview with Michael Tamblyn, Rakuten Kobo CEO
#1  PeterT 09-23-2021, 12:17 PM
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Interview with Michael Tamblyn, Rakuten Kobo CEO

This month LibraryThing is pleased to catch up with Michael Tamblyn, the CEO of Rakuten Kobo, a Canadian ebook, audiobook and ereader company doing business in 150 countries. Tamblyn serves on the board of OverDrive, an ebook distributor working with both the non-profit and retail sectors; is involved with AGE-Well, a Canadian organization dedicated to developing technology and services for healthy aging; and is the founder of BookNet Canada, a “non-profit organization that develops technology, standards, and education to serve the Canadian book industry.”

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#2  cfrizz 09-25-2021, 12:33 PM
Very good article, here is one business man that truly knows the market!

#3  Uncle Robin 09-25-2021, 07:25 PM
I really enjoyed his comments about the "print vs ebook battle", very balanced and insightful

#4  Quoth 09-26-2021, 06:21 AM
There is no print vs ebook battle except by some people on the Internet. They both have advantages and disadvantages and some content works well on ebooks and some doesn't.

I do hope Kobo continue well and their ereaders don't follow Sony's.

#5  Uncle Robin 09-26-2021, 06:44 AM
Quote Quoth
There is no print vs ebook battle except by some people on the Internet.
Hence my use of the typographical equivalent of air quotes

#6  leebase 10-04-2021, 11:15 AM
almost makes me want to buy a kobo. Loved his perspective. But no -- too deep into the Amazon ecosystem (and happily so for the most part)

#7  theducks 10-04-2021, 01:05 PM
His 'Paper' Library vs "e-book" aligns pretty much with my take.
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#8  usuallee 10-07-2021, 12:24 PM
Thanks for posting. The guy does seem nice and very thoughtful. I'm glad I just bought a Kobo instead of another Kindle.

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