This is the press release:
Tokyo, Japan, December 22, 2009 – ACCESS CO., LTD., a global provider of advanced software technologies to the mobile and beyond-PC markets, today announced NetFront™ Book Viewer EPUB Edition v1.0, a mobile e-book reader that displays both vertical text for character-based Asian languages, such as Chinese, Korean and Japanese, and traditional horizontal text. NetFront Book Viewer EPUB Edition v1.0 supports EPUB, the free and open e-book standard developed by the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF). NetFront Book Viewer EPUB Edition v1.0 enables operators, mobile manufacturers and content providers to utilize the vast library of existing e-book content compliant with EPUB, making it easier for them to enter the expanding e-book business in Asian markets.
NetFront Book Viewer EPUB Edition v1.0 is based on ACCESS’ popular NetFront™ Browser, the world’s leading full Internet browser for mobile and beyond-PC devices, and includes enhanced features such as the ability for users to highlight body text, insert bookmarks and add notations while reading. NetFront Book Viewer EPUB Edition v1.0 joins ACCESS’ lineup of e-publishing solutions that includes NetFront™ Book Viewer v2.0* for text and comics, NetFront™ Book Builder* authoring tool and Keitai Booker’s™* Japanese e-book store.
“The global e-book market is expanding rapidly,” said Tomihisa Kamada, president, CEO and co-founder of ACCESS. “ACCESS has proven expertise in this market with the e-publishing ecosystem we have developed in Japan that provides not only software tools for authoring and viewing, but also Keitai Booker’s e-book store as a delivery solution. We intend to leverage our cutting-edge mobile technologies and industry experience to help grow e-book markets around the world.”
NetFront Book Viewer EPUB Edition v1.0 will be available for operators, handset manufacturers and content providers in global markets in early 2010.
This could be significant. Many mobile phones already run the NetFront browser. Adding ePub capability could be a selling point for that kind of cellphone.
ACCESS touts that 800 million phones/devices have its NetFront browser on them: ACCESS NetFront™ Deployments Surpass 800 Million Worldwide