Through a cooperation with bookseller FNAC Portugal, Kobo has launched its e-book platform in Portugal. It will sell devices through FNAC stores and website.
Brazil’s new culture minister, a tax exemption for e-books and readers is a step closer, Kobo teams with Livraria Cultura, Brazil’s big plans for Frankfurt.
UK independent booksellers met last week to debate selling e-books, the deal with Kobo, and despite the prognostications, still maintained a sense of optimism.
E-book sales are booming in the UK, according to the Publishers Association, making the UK Booksellers Association deal to sell Kobo e-books all the more urgent.
In Brazil’s book business this week: Kobo hires it’s first executive in Brazil, and Fifty Shades of Grey takes over the August bestsellers list.
Kobo announced four new e-reading devices: the Kobo Glo, Mini, Touch and the Arc, a 7” tablet, hours before Amazon unveiled an updated Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite and Fire HD.
Amazon’s Kindle may be coming soon to Japan, but Rakuten Kobo and Kodansha make it clear at the Tokyo Book Fair that the Yanks will face stiff competition.
Our wide angle survey of the e-book scene in Germany finds the e-book market at 6.2% of sales, but growth in demand, devices and titles promises more to come.
Until now, Japan has been the Galapagos Islands of e-books. Suddenly, with foreign companies appearing to win, the market is scrambling to catch up and adjust.
With more foreign digital publishers expected to land on Japan’s shores in 2012, the pace of change will likely hasten.