Kobo Seattle Expanding

Kobo, the Canadian company that makes an e-reader for Borders, plans to expand its presence in Seattle, according to this interview with The Seattle Times’ Brier Dudley. Kobo, which is out with a new touchscreen version of its e-reader today, previously hired Amazon.com alum Todd Humphrey as its business development director. Now, Dudley reports that Kobo plans to open a full office in Seattle by year’s end. “Whether it’s five or 15 or 20 people, we’ll see,” Humphrey told the Times. That would put a competitor to Amazon’s Kindle right in the company’s face, potentially competing for talent. Amazon, of course, also seems to be moving beyond the Kindle, with recent indications from CEO Jeff Bezos that an Android tablet is in the works.

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