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Nokia (s NOK) is launching its Reading app and e-bookstore for the Lumia Windows (s MSFT) Phone in France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Spain and the UK. In doing so, the company hopes to bring more local-language e-books to countries where e-readers haven’t yet taken off.
Nokia’s app will compete with Amazon’s Kindle(s AMZN) and Kindle apps for iOS (s AAPL), Android (s GOOG), Mac and Windows in France, Italy, Spain and the UK.
The Reading app, first announced with the new Lumias at Mobile World Congress in February, will be available for the Lumia 900, 800, 710 and 610 this week. Nokia says, “While e-books are becoming a common sight in countries like the US and the UK, they are still in their infancy – or basically unavailable – in many parts of the world. And this is where the strength of Nokia Reading lies: in local language e-reading content.”
The company doesn’t specify how many titles are available but says there are “a wide range of local titles, as well as a large collection of English titles popular across the world.”