Monday, September 27, 2010

NTT DOCOMO Considers Offering an E-book Service

NTT DOCOMO will conduct a trial e-book distribution service that will deliver content via DOCOMO smartphones, such as the Android™-powered Xperia™ and Galaxy S models. The trial is expected to run from late October till the end of the year, and the carrier is planning to start of a full-scale e-book retail service with Dai Nippon Publishing early next year.

NTT DOCOMO said it trial will offer about 50 titles, including electronic books, manga comics, magazines and photo books, some linked with supplementary videos and maps. The e-books will be available at "docomo market," a mobile portal created by DOCOMO to provide users with easy access to smartphone apps and content from around the world. All titles and content viewers for the trial will be provided for free, other than packet transmission charges.

The full commercial service is expected to launch with more than 100,000 titles.