Kobo looking for Taiwanese partners, planning to expand into Asian ebook markets
You might recall that a month ago I that the Kobo Wifi was available in Taiwan in partnership with the local publisher Swinden. I’ve just heard today that Kobo are looking to expand beyond Kong Kong, into other Asian ebook markets.
Kobo’s first target is Taiwan. They’ve already begun discussions with several publishers, distributors, and hardware suppliers. Kobo have successfully signed one publisher, so far. Cite Publishing Group is actually a conglomerate of 40 publishing imprints in Taiwan, and is also part of a larger media company with extensive interests Taiwan, Hong Kong, and mainland China.
I’d say if the deal with Cite goes well the rest of Cite’s sister companies will also sign up.