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Rakuten rolls out Taiwanese e-book service

TAIPEI -- Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten has partnered with 12 major Taiwanese publishers to distribute Chinese-language e-books, aiming to tap demand among the global Chinese population as well as draw more Taiwanese users into its broader service network.

Rakuten's Kobo service offers e-books in local languages in 20 markets. Taiwan is the first Asian market to join the list. The e-books will be available on Rakuten's global store, making them accessible to users in some 190 markets.

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