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Old 11-08-2011, 07:13 PM   #11
fjtorres
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This isn't about Kobo using Rakuten, this is about Rakuten buying a tool to get into ebooks outside japan. They already tried with the Sony-Panasonic alliance but clearly didn't see it helping them outside Japan (assuming it is working even there). Kobo didn't decide; Rakuten did.

The Indigo folks would know why they made the move but I'm thinking they realized Kobo is a long-term, deep-pockets bet. And not a sure thing.
A bird in the hand and all that.

Kobo is just a tool that got a new owner but likely keeps its mission.
Could've been worse.

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