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Amazon Kindle To Japan And Brazil This Year?

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Kindle may launch in Japan and Brazil in 2012, according to reports published in the last week.

First up, Japan: Kindle could launch there as soon as April, Reuters (NYSE: TRI) reports. Amazon has been been in discussions with Japanese publishers since last year.

Reuters refers to an article published in the Nikkei, which I was not able to access without a subscription. It says the Kindle Touch will be Kindle Japan’s “flagship model” and that Amazon Japan “will team up with NTT DoCoMo Inc. (NYSE: DCM) for wireless downloads of e-books over the mobile phone service provider’s network.”

Amazon already sells physical books at Amazon.co.jp.

Next, Brazil — by June, according to a piece in Brazilian trade publication PublishNews, found via The Digital Reader. Publishing Perspectives reported last month that Amazon had hired a Kindle vendor manager and is beginning negotiations with Brazilian publishers — “initially, only to sell e-books” — this month.

There is currently no Brazilian Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN). (Uh, besides the actual rainforest there.) But e-commerce in the country is growing quickly. Brazil’s largest book publishers all offer e-books, though e-books are still estimated to make up less than 1 percent of total book sales.

Last year Amazon launched Kindle stores in Spain, Italy, France and Germany.