Japan’s KDDI to Launch Netflix Style eBook Subscriptions in December

Decent ebook subscription plans are few and far between here in the US but it looks like the idea might be taking off elsewhere. Nikkei and other sources are reporting this week that KDDI, one of Japan's larger telecoms, is going to launch an ebook subscription service which will cost about $8 a month.

The new service is launching in December with around 500 titles, including comics, magazines, and novels. Early subscribers will need to be members of KDDI's Smart Pass program, but in April KDDI plans to open the program to open the service to all subscribers  as well as expand the selection to around 2 thousand titles.

The content will be available via an Android app for KDDI's 9 new smartphones as well as for Android tablets. There are no plans to offer an iOS app. The price is projected to be 590 yen (~$7.75 USD).

That, not so coincidentally, is the same price as KDDI's Video Pass movie subscription service, which was launched back in May. Video Pass offeredaccess to a wide range of genres, including Japanese and foreign movies, variety shows, drama, anime, music, and Korean popular entertainment.



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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: "I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

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