Walmart is turning up the heat on Amazon on both sides of the Pacific.
America’s biggest retail chain said late Thursday it would start selling e-books and audiobooks online for the first time later this year.
The shift will bring the company into even closer competition with Amazon (AMZN), which started out as an internet bookseller but has grown into all-encompassing retail giant, both online and offline.
Walmart’s (WMT) move into an established Amazon business is part of a broader alliance with Rakuten (RKUNF), Japan’s largest ecommerce company. As well as teaming up to sell e-books to American consumers, they are also setting up an online grocery platform in Japan.
In the U.S., Walmart will sell Rakuten’s Kobo e-readers, which are similar to Amazon’s Kindle. The Kobo platform, created by a Canadian company that Rakuten bought in 2011, currently offers readers millions of titles.
Scott Hilton, chief revenue officer of Walmart’s ecommerce business, said in a blog post that the deal “enables us to quickly and efficiently launch a full e-book and audiobook catalog on Walmart.com.”
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