Kobo Plus subscription service expands with audiobooks in Australia

    Rakuten Kobo has expanded its Kobo Plus service in Australia, now offering unlimited access to Kobo Audiobooks in the catalogue for a monthly subscription fee. Australian Kobo Plus subscribers can access more than 1.3 million eBooks and over 100,000 audiobooks.

    The new Kobo Plus pricing for Australia is either eBooks or Audiobooks for $13.99/month or eBooks and Audiobooks bundled for $16.99/month. There is a free 30-day trial if you want to look for your favourite authors / genres.

    Kobo Plus can be accessed via the free Kobo Books App for iOS or Android mobile devices and directly on these Kobo eReaders : Clara 2E, Sage, Libra 2, Elipsa and Elipsa 2E.

    Bart Robers, Director, Audiobooks and Global Subscriptions, Rakuten Kobo commented:

    “In the two years since launching Kobo Plus all-you-can-read eBooks in Australia, we’ve seen a flood of readers try it out. It’s been incredible to see how voracious Aussies are when it comes to reading, which is why we’re expanding the Kobo Plus subscription offering to include audiobooks as another way for booklovers to continue reading on-the-go. Now, Kobo users can enjoy unlimited reading and listening in more moments throughout their day for a low monthly fee.”

    Australian writer Liza told me she prefers Kobo Plus over Amazon Kindle Unlimited, she has previously blogged about the topic at Amazon’s author banpocalypse.

    Kobo Plus is so great for authors AND readers because it has no exclusivity clause, unlike Kindle Unlimited. I’d been wanting to leave KU for a while but in my genre it’s tough (too many readers there). News of the Kobo Plus expansion is what finally inspired me to just do it.

    — Liza Shulyayeva (@Lazer) August 16, 2023

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