Kobo Books: The Countries They Sell In

Several months ago at one of the many, many book conferences the sinking industry holds (which one, I forget; they all blur into identical insignificance and irrelevance), Kobo Books stood up and made a claim of selling in over 100 countries.

This was a remarkable claim and I’ve been after them ever since to give up that list.

Today they finally did. It doesn’t seem to be the same total they touted months ago, but it’ll do.

I’d like to hear from people in some of these countries to verify.

The list after the break.

It was sent to me as an XLS file, which I can’t do a thing with. But GMail provided an HTML view, which I viewed and copied the Source from and edited out tags such as “color” to present here.

  A B
1 AL ALBANIA
2 AG ANTIGUA AND
BARBUDA
3 AR ARGENTINA
4 AM ARMENIA
5 AN ARMENIA
6 AU AUSTRALIA
7 AT AUSTRIA
8 AZ AZERBAIJAN
9 BS BAHAMAS
10 BH BAHRAIN
11 BB BARBADOS
12 BE BELGIUM
13 BM BERMUDA
14 BO BOLIVIA,
PLURINATIONAL STATE OF
15 BA BOSNIA AND
HERZEGOVINA
16 BR BRAZIL
17 BN BRUNEI DARUSSALAM
18 BG BULGARIA
19 BF BURKINA FASO
20 KH CAMBODIA
21 CA CANADA
22 KY CAYMAN ISLANDS
23 CL CHILE
24 CN CHINA
25 CO COLOMBIA
26 CR COSTA RICA
27 HR CROATIA
28 CY CYPRUS
29 CZ CZECH REPUBLIC
30 DK DENMARK
31 DO DOMINICAN
REPUBLIC
32 EC ECUADOR
33 EG EGYPT
34 SV EL SALVADOR
35 EE ESTONIA
36 FI FINLAND
37 FR FRANCE
38 DE GERMANY
39 GH GHANA
40 GR GREECE
41 GD GRENADA
42 GP GUADELOUPE
43 GU GUAM
44 GT GUATEMALA
45 HN HONDURAS
46 HK HONG KONG
47 HU HUNGARY
48 IS ICELAND
49 IN INDIA
50 ID INDONESIA
51 IE IRELAND
52 IL ISRAEL
53 IT ITALY
54 JM JAMAICA
55 JP JAPAN
56 JO JORDAN
57 KZ KAZAKHSTAN
58 KR KOREA, REPUBLIC
OF
59 KW KUWAIT
60 LV LATVIA
61 LB LEBANON
62 LT LITHUANIA
63 LU LUXEMBOURG
64 MO MACAO
65 MY MALAYSIA
66 MT MALTA
67 MX MEXICO
68 MA MOROCCO
69 MZ MOZAMBIQUE
70 NL NETHERLANDS
71 NZ NEW ZEALAND
72 NO NORWAY
73 OM OMAN
74 PK PAKISTAN
75 PA PANAMA
76 PG PAPUA NEW
GUINEA
77 PE PERU
78 PH PHILIPPINES
79 PL POLAND
80 PT PORTUGAL
81 PR PUERTO RICO
82 QA QATAR
83 RE REUNION
84 RO ROMANIA
85 RU RUSSIAN FEDERATION
86 VC SAINT VINCENT
AND THE GRENADINES
87 SA SAUDI ARABIA
88 SN SENEGAL
89 SG SINGAPORE
90 SK SLOVAKIA
91 SI SLOVENIA
92 ZA SOUTH AFRICA
93 ES SPAIN
94 SE SWEDEN
95 CH SWITZERLAND
96 TW TAIWAN, PROVINCE
OF CHINA
97 TH THAILAND
98 TT TRINIDAD
AND TOBAGO
99 TR TURKEY
100 UG UGANDA
101 AE UNITED ARAB
EMIRATES
102 GB UNITED KINGDOM
103 US UNITED STATES
104 UY URUGUAY
105 VU VANUATU
106 VE VENEZUELA,
BOLIVARIAN REPUBLIC OF
107 VN VIET NAM
108 VI VIRGIN ISLANDS,
U.S.
109 YE YEMEN

There was a second, longer list, but since all of the countries are in the deep Third World (there are even some in the above list — Uganda?!), I’m skipping that one because I don’t think people there can afford printed books, much less the hardware required to read eBooks.

And no, I have no idea what country number 83 — Reunion — is.

Thanks to Kobo Books for standing by their claim.

10 Comments

Filed under eBooks: General, Kobo Reader, Marketing

10 responses to “Kobo Books: The Countries They Sell In

  1. Eric

    Reunion is an overseas department of France. It’s a small island east of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean.

  2. B.

    I’m from the Third World. I’ve bought some ebooks from Kobo. Yes, some of us can afford printed books, and the hardware required to read ebooks. Generalization much?

  3. Svdb

    Réunion stands for “île de la Réunion”, which is an island part of the French colonies.

  4. Debbie

    Hi
    Just tried to sign in and i am not able to as they do not have selling rights in South Africa

  5. Tomi

    I can’t buy the reader in Finland, about books I don’t know because without reader they’re useles…

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