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Raboo: Rakuten Opens Website For E-Book Online Store [E-Commerce]

Rakuten makes another step into selling digital content. The company has announced the launch of the website for their e-book store “Raboo” two days ago: http://ebook.rakuten.co.jp/ So far, only buyers of Panasonic’s e-reader UT-PB1 were able to access Raboo from their device, but now anybody can purchase books through the website. What’s weird is that…

Raboo: Rakuten Expands E-Book Business To Cell Phones And Other Hardware [E-Commerce]

Last month, Rakuten inked a deal with Panasonic to distribute e-book titles to buyers of Panasonic e-book readers. The service, dubbed Raboo (Rakuten Books), was initially limited to Panasonic hardware only, but now The Nikkei is quoting a Rakuten representative that his company will expand it to other platforms, too. Rakuten launched Raboo on Wednesday,…

Round-Up: Rakuten-Related News From The Last 2 Weeks [E-Commerce]

Here’s a quick run-down on Rakuten-related news I wasn’t able to cover in the last 2 weeks (listed chronologically): July 28, 2011: Rakuten acquires German shopping site Tradoria (article in English) August 4, 2011: Rakuten releases financial report for Q2 FY2011 (in English) August 9, 2011: Rakuten China launches group-buying portal (article in English)

Raboo: Rakuten Delivers E-Books To Panasonic E-Readers [E-Commerce]

The deal that Rakuten announced two weeks ago with Panasonic has been confirmed today: Japan’s biggest e-ecommerce company will be the first official e-book provider for Raboo, a new e-book reader that Panasonic will start selling in this country next month. Raboo is short for Rakuten Books: the company will initially provide around 10,000 e-books…

Rakuten Recipe Gets iPhone App [E-Commerce]

Japan’s biggest e-commerce company Rakuten is active in a number of businesses, and online recipes is one of the newest. And now Rakuten Recipe, which has been growing rapidly since launch in October 2010 and might overtake market leader Cookpad at some point, is getting an iPhone app. The app can be downloaded for free…

Rakuten Expands Real Estate Offering [E-Commerce]

Japan’s e-commerce juggernaut Rakuten is active in a number of verticals, and one of them is real estate. And now Rakuten has expanded its offering on the Rakuten Real Estate sub-site drastically. First and foremost, Rakuten Real Estate has three times more condos and houses on offer than before (1,600 properties in total) and now…

Rakuten Teams Up With Panasonic In E-Book Deal [E-Commerce]

E-books are a hot topic in Japan currently: Tokyo-based market research firm Impress R&D is saying that Japan’s e-book market grew 13.2% to 65 billion yen in 2010 and projects the market to be worth 200 billion in 2015. Now it seems that Rakuten is looking to get a piece of the pie: the company…

“Edy | au” Payment Service: Rakuten And KDDI Ink Announce Strategic Linkup

Japan’s e-commerce juggernaut Rakuten and the country’s 2nd largest telco KDDI au have announced a strategic linkup focused on electronic money today. Under the agreement, Rakuten’s Edy electronic money system will be combined with KDDI au’s mobile checkout infrastructure “to integrate more online and offline services”. The goal of the new service, dubbed Edy |…