[Note: BookBaby is not currently able to convert books in the Japanese language.]

Earlier this week, Kobo launched in Japan, bringing one of the world’s most popular eReaders and eBookstores to millions of new customers!

On July 19th, they’ll take this one step further by introducing a fully “localized” Kobo experience— featuring Japanese content, currency, and support.

For the equivalent of about $100 USD, Japanese consumers can now pre-order the Kobo Touch (but there are plans to roll out a Kobo tablet in the coming months).

According to Goodereader.com:

One of the most exciting elements about the new launch is that the firmware will use Epub3, which supports layouts unique to the Japanese language including vertical text and ruby characters. Kobo is the first company to fully adopt the ePUB 3.0 format for its Japanese eBookstore.

For more info on the launch of Kobo in Japan, check out this article.

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Chris Robley

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Chris Robley has written 570 posts in this blog.

is an award-winning poet, songwriter, performer, and music producer who now lives in Portland, Maine after more than a decade in Portland, Oregon. His music has been praised by NPR, the LA Times, the Boston Globe, and others. Skyscraper Magazine said he is “one of the best short-story musicians to come along in quite some time.” Robley’s poetry has been published or is forthcoming in POETRY, Prairie Schooner, Poetry Northwest, Beloit Poetry Journal, RHINO, Magma Poetry, and more. He is the 2013 winner of Boulevard’s Poetry Prize for Emerging Writers and the 2014 recipient of a Maine Literary Award in the category of “Short Works Poetry.”

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