E-book retailer and e-reading software vendor Kobo is using the London Book Fair to launch an expansion of its business into Europe, announcing plans to open local content stores in Germany and Spain beginning in May with plans for more countries to follow. The new stores will market a variety of content targeted to European readers that will be readable on a wide range of personal computers and mobile devices.

Michael Serbinis, CEO, Kobo, said, "European readers have been looking for an e-book service that encompasses the full range of mobile devices, tablets, and e-readers—we are happy to step up and fulfill that need. In providing local content and reading experiences for European readers, Kobo continues to build on the vision of giving people around the world the freedom to read on any device, and share their love of reading with friends,"

Kobo has long serviced the international e-book market and cites three million users and customers around the world. The company currently offers locally marketed English language e-book stores in the US, Canada, U.K., Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong. Kobo e-bookstores offer more than 2 million e-books and digital magazines and newspapers. Kobo software offers a range of social media functionality that allows consumers to connect with like-minded readers and collect statistics on their reading and earn special awards.

Kobo will be exhibiting in the Digital Zone & Theater (stand #Y655).