Online shopping giant Amazon said Wednesday that it will launch a Japanese-language version of its hugely popular Kindle next month as it looks to break into the largely untapped Japanese e-book market.
The retailer's long-awaited announcement comes a day after Apple unveiled its new iPad Mini, the latest volley in the battle for the multi-billion-dollar tablet sector.
US-based Amazon said in a statement that it would begin selling 50,000 Japanese-language titles from Thursday, while its Kindle Paperwhite became available for pre-order on Wednesday. It is expected to start shipping on November 19.
A Japanese-capable Kindle app will be available for computers, tablets and smartphones from Thursday, the company said.
The wifi only Paperwhite will have a price tag of 8,480 yen ($107), while the 3G-equipped version will sell at 12,980 yen, Amazon said. Both prices are lower than on the US website.
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(Jiji Press )