Kobo announced their newest eReader last week, and they promised that the new Kobo Touch would ship sometime in June. Unfortunately, that’s not going to happen. Borders are now showing a new ship date for the Kobo Touch, and we’re going to have to wait a while. Borders won’t be able to get the new eReader out until the end of July.
Considering that Kobo boasted that this eReader would be available in time for Father’s Day, it’s a fairly serious delay.
Kobo won’t comment on the reason for the delay, nor have they confirmed it.
Update: I have a comment now, and it can be summed up as a more polite form of “what are you smoking?”. Kobo insisted that the Kobo Touch would ship in mid-June.
Second Update: Borders have now responded and they are standing by the ship date of 30 July.
The Nook Touch ships next week and it’s really going to ship, which means this mistake is going to hurt Kobo. They’re going to lose sales to their bigger and stronger competitor. Ouch.
Curiously enough, it looks like the Kobo Touch might ship in Canada in June, though I haven’t confirmed it. Indigo (one of Kobo’s owners) are still showing a ship date of June. But it might have slipped and not been updated yet.
I wonder if Borders’ financial problems are the cause for the delay? nah. it’s probably a production issue of some kind.