Amazon's Kindle e-reader is rumored to be launching in Japan and Brazil later this year, with Japan billed for as early as April and Brazil by June, according to reports from sources such as Reuters and paidContent. Amazon launched Kindle stores in Spain, Italy, France, and Germany last year.
Amazon has reportedly been negotiating with Japanese publishers since last year. Amazon already sells physical books at Amazon.co.jp. Reuters cites a Nikkei article that says the Kindle Touch will be Kindle Japan's "flagship model." Nikkei adds that Amazon Japan will partner with NTT DoCoMo, Inc., a mobile phone service provider, for wireless downloads of ebooks over its network.
Publishing Perspectives reports that Amazon had hired a Kindle vendor manager and has begun negotiations with Brazilian publishers, apparently only to sell ebooks, as a start. There is currently no Brazilian Amazon, but some of Brazil's largest book publishers already vend ebooks. Ebooks are estimated to make up less than 1% of total book sales.