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ACCESS Announces NetFront™Book Viewer EPUB Edition v1.0

New e-book reader supports both vertical and horizontal texts

Tokyo, Japan, – December 22, 2009 – ACCESS CO., LTD., a global provider of advanced software technologies to the mobile and beyond-PC markets, today announced NetFront Book Viewer EPUB Edition v1.0, a mobile e-book reader that displays both vertical text for character-based Asian languages, such as Chinese, Korean and Japanese, and traditional horizontal text. NetFront Book Viewer EPUB Edition v1.0 supports EPUB, the free and open e-book standard developed by the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF). NetFront Book Viewer EPUB Edition v1.0 enables operators, mobile manufacturers and content providers to utilize the vast library of existing e-book content compliant with EPUB, making it easier for them to enter the expanding e-book business in Asian markets.

NetFront Book Viewer EPUB Edition v1.0 is based on ACCESS’ popular NetFront Browser, the world’s leading full Internet browser for mobile and beyond-PC devices, and includes enhanced features such as the ability for users to highlight body text, insert bookmarks and add notations while reading. NetFront Book Viewer EPUB Edition v1.0 joins ACCESS’ lineup of e-publishing solutions that includes NetFront Book Viewer v2.0 for text and comics, NetFront Book Builder authoring tool and Keitai Booker’s Japanese e-book store.

“The global e-book market is expanding rapidly,” said Tomihisa Kamada, president, CEO and co-founder of ACCESS. “ACCESS has proven expertise in this market with the e-publishing ecosystem we have developed in Japan that provides not only software tools for authoring and viewing, but also Keitai Booker’s e-book store as a delivery solution. We intend to leverage our cutting-edge mobile technologies and industry experience to help grow e-book markets around the world.”

NetFront Book Viewer EPUB Edition v1.0 will be available for operators, handset manufacturers and content providers in global markets in early 2010.

  • NetFront Book Viewer v2.0, NetFront Book Builder and Keitai Booker’s are currently available only in Japan.

ACCESS CO., LTD. is a global company providing leading technology, software products and platforms for Web browsing, mobile phones, wireless handhelds and other networked devices. ACCESS’ product portfolio, including its NetFront Browser, ACCESS Linux Platform and Garnet OS, provides customers with solutions that enable faster time to market, flexibility and customizability. The company, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, operates subsidiaries and affiliates in Asia, Europe and the United States. ACCESS is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Mothers’ Index under the number 4813. For more information about ACCESS, please visit

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