Kobo is kicking off its European expansion next month. Today it confirmed that its first eBookstores would be opening in Germany and Spain, with local eBookstores for France, Italy and the Netherlands following shortly after.
And these truly will be local eBookstores, complete with local content. Kobo has partnered with European publishers to offer original content published in its original language.
“European readers have been looking for an eBook service that encompasses the full range of mobile devices, tablets, and eReaders – we are happy to step up and fulfill that need. This announcement marks Kobo’s entry into the European market and an industry first. In providing local content and reading experiences for European readers, Kobo continues to build on the vision of giving people around the world the freedom to read on any device, and share their love of reading with friends,” said Michael Serbinis, CEO, Kobo.
There’s no mention of when the Kobo eReader will be available in Europe, but it sounds like Kobo is working to get it into retail stores as fast as it can. Until then, customers will need to download one of Kobo’s many apps for iPad, Android, Blackberry, iPhone, or Windows.