Google is now selling ebooks, movies and its Nexus 7 tablet in Japan. The company added Japanese reading features, such as the ability to read from right to left, to its Google Play Books Android app yesterday.
The Nexus 7, on sale in Japan via the Google Play website today, will sell for 19,800 yen (about $254) in Japan. Buyers also get a 2,000-yen credit to the Google Play store. Reuters reports:
Japan has rapidly embraced the smartphone, with devices running Google’s Android operating system tripling in the past year, according to Google. Google said that Japan now ranks third in terms of downloaded applications from its Play store.
Reuters also says that in addition to rental movies, Google will sell movies from Sony and Paramount to customers in Japan.
In addition to Japan, Google ebooks are now available in the U.S., Canada, Australia, Germany, Spain, Italy, France and, as of earlier this month, South Korea. Kobo, owned by Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten, launched in Japan in July. Amazon is expected to launch the Kindle e-reader in Japan in October.