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Kobo Is Going To Purchase Tolino Back End Assets
#1  PeterT 01-02-2017, 04:49 PM
I know... Not the most reliable source
http://goodereader.com/blog/electronic-readers/kobo-is-going-to-purchase-tolino-assets

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Rakuten Kobo is in the process of purchasing a majority stake in Tolino. It is very likely that Kobo wants to get access their digital bookstore, which has thousands of German language e-books. It is also said that Kobo will get access to the software which powers the Tolino line of e-readers and backend software that powers the cloud sync platform
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#2  Terisa de morgan 01-02-2017, 05:13 PM
In another forum, a member has post these links (thank you, cellaris)

http://www.lesen.net/ebook-news/kobo-vor-uebernahme-von-tolino-35350/

http://allesebook.de/e-book-reader/rakuten-kobo-tolino-uebernahme-70833/
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#3  Geenween 01-02-2017, 05:50 PM
I don't like when the players in the field become so few. Tolino has some competitive priced and good quality ereaders in Europe, even though I still prefer my Kobo.
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#4  Nate the great 01-02-2017, 06:22 PM
"majority share"?

LOL, no.

My original coverage:
http://the-digital-reader.com/2017/01/01/rakuten-kobo-deal-acquire-tolino-deutsche-telecom-wait/
And a few more details:
http://the-digital-reader.com/2017/01/02/four-questions-kobo-deutsche-telecom-deal/
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#5  johnnyb 01-03-2017, 12:40 PM
Quote Nate the great
"majority share"?

LOL, no.

My original coverage:
http://the-digital-reader.com/2017/01/01/rakuten-kobo-deal-acquire-tolino-deutsche-telecom-wait/
And a few more details:
http://the-digital-reader.com/2017/01/02/four-questions-kobo-deutsche-telecom-deal/
Yup your sources are pretty much correct. Telekom owned a share probably equal to the four or five largest partners in the tolino “alliance” and provided web, app and database technologies and oversaw some of the development of the devices (there is yet another company involved, remains to be seen if they are actually part of that deal or not) and those bits of the tolino “ecosystem” have been sold. The book retailers still operate their independent shops all of which are connected via the former Telekom backend. Remains to be seen what will change once Rakuten wants to start saving money by exploring “synergies” between the brands
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#6  Nate the great 01-04-2017, 12:01 AM
Quote johnnyb
Yup your sources are pretty much correct. Telekom owned a share probably equal to the four or five largest partners in the tolino “alliance” and provided web, app and database technologies and oversaw some of the development of the devices (there is yet another company involved, remains to be seen if they are actually part of that deal or not) and those bits of the tolino “ecosystem” have been sold. The book retailers still operate their independent shops all of which are connected via the former Telekom backend. Remains to be seen what will change once Rakuten wants to start saving money by exploring “synergies” between the brands
Can we really say that DT "owned" anything other than the tech used for the platform?

I really don't think you can say they owned a share of Tolino.
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#7  johnnyb 01-04-2017, 06:45 AM
Quote Nate the great
Can we really say that DT "owned" anything other than the tech used for the platform?

I really don't think you can say they owned a share of Tolino.
Hmm, I guess they probably did at some point since for a while they also had their own store running, but I guess you’re correct that only the book vendors involved generally decide on the fate of the platform.
Problem is when Rakuten cannot or aren’t willing anymore to provide the solutions and technology the partners want. On the other hand, the system is currently set up to work, so if Rakuten don’t interfere with that, everything should remain as it is.
I just don’t believe that Rakuten won’t try to impose some of the Kobo stuff on the book vendors, and if that goes wrong, hell breaks lose
Again, on the other hand, if Rakuten use what they have acquired to improve on the Kobo platform, readers all over the world could profit from that...
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#8  Nate the great 01-04-2017, 08:30 AM
I followed up with one of the media retailers who founded Tolino, and they said that Tolino was a brand, not a company.

I am still trying to figure that one out.
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#9  robko 01-04-2017, 08:17 PM
Quote Nate the great
I followed up with one of the media retailers who founded Tolino, and they said that Tolino was a brand, not a company.

I am still trying to figure that one out.
That's pretty simple. A brand is simply the name they sell the product under (generally for marketing purposes). They could theoretically sell a Kobo reader and "brand" it as a Tolino. Or a Kindle (OK, Amazon might have something to say about that ). It's the same as Kleenex is a brand, but the company that makes it is Kimberly Clark. In the Tolino case they probably chose to brand it since if one or more of the founders bailed they could keep the brand and just change to a different product or manufacturer if the bailee wouldn't let them continue on or had control of the product/manufacturing.
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#10  markyisri 01-08-2017, 08:35 AM
WOW, after our work on running Android on the Kobos... maybe Kobo wants to try it !

Remember? Android on Kobo Glo
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