Italian, French, Portuguese, Dutch, Afrikaans, German, Spanish, and Catalan grew by nearly 200,000 titles with continued growth as new titles become available.
Kobo grew its Manga, comics, graphic novels, and illustrated non-fiction titles by 1900 percent in 2012.
The company continues to work with leading publishers and authors to provide customers with the ability to pre-order 2013 titles such as Dan Brown 's Inferno.
Since the launch of its self-publishing platform Kobo Writing Life in July 2012, Kobo has signed up ten-thousand authors from 96 countries who have published more than 60,000 titles across 40 languages.
"Kobo's self-publishing program has engaged a wide variety of publishers and authors to quickly publish new and back-listed titles with Kobo," said Mark Lefebvre , Director Self-Publishing and Author Relations, Kobo. "We've designed Kobo Writing Life to put the power of publishing into an author's hand without impeding them with hidden fees. It's the most flexible platform available today and as a result, 98 percent of our authors publish works internationally."
Sylvia Day , author of the hugely successful Crossfire series that started with Bared to You, self-published her Christmas short story Wish List with Kobo Writing Life, which quickly rose to the top of Kobo's charts, outselling the #2 title from Fantasy author BranDon Sanderson by a ratio of 2:1.
Top-selling Kobo Writing Life titles include:
Wish List, Sylvia Day
Legion, BranDon Sanderson
For His Pleasure, Kelly Favour
Run, Blake Crouch
Wool, Hugh Howey
The First Confessor, Terry Goodkind
Kobo is committed to delivering the best consumer experience for people who love to read and its open platform will remain at the forefront of strategies in 2013. This year, Kobo will continue its quest to become the best eReading service in the world - look for Kobo to continue its global expansion through booksellers and retailers of all sizes, becoming active in Russia, India and China to name a few. Innovative new E Ink and tablet eReaders will join the Kobo Family and the company will continue to work with publishers and authors to introduce a range of new content categories for consumers.
About Kobo Inc.
Kobo Inc. is one of the world's fastest-growing eReading services offering more than 3 million eBooks, magazines and newspapers. Believing that consumers should have the freedom to read any book on any device, Kobo has built an open-standards platform to provide consumers with a choice when reading. Inspired by a "Read Freely" philosophy and a passion for innovation, Kobo has expanded to 190 countries, where millions of consumers have access to localized eBook catalogues and award-winning eReaders, like the Kobo Touch. With top-ranked eReading applications for Apple, BlackBerry, Android, and Windows products, Kobo allows consumers to make eReading social through Facebook Timeline and Reading Life, an industry-first social experience that lets users earn awards for time spent reading and encourage others to join in. Headquartered in Toronto and owned by Tokyo-based Rakuten, Kobo eReaders can be found in major retail chains across the globe. For more information, visit www.kobo.com.