Kobo has become one of the most popular online booksellers in the United States, as the e-reader giant enters the market to compete with Amazon.
The online retailer, founded in 2005, has now added a number of new books to its offerings, including one by novelist Margaret Atwood and another by author and professor Joseph Heller.
The company says the online bookstore has over 1.5 million books, and its catalog includes more than 300 million titles.
“We’re thrilled to be adding more books to our online catalog,” Kobo president and chief executive Michael Pachter said in a statement.
“For the first time in a long time, Kobo is becoming the largest online bookseller in the country, and we’re proud to be a part of that movement.”
Kobo also has a strong presence in the bookstores of smaller retailers, including Target and Walmart, and also in the home-delivery business.
Kobo said it added 3 million books to the catalog last year.
The retailer also has more than 1,400 stores, and is looking to expand to include more new stores.
The move is a major expansion for Kobo, which already has more stores than any other major e-bookseller.
Its total sales, which include e-books and other digital content, rose nearly 50% last year, according to company filings.
In addition to Atwood, Heller and Pachters books, the company has also added works by authors such as Margaret Atwoods and James Baldwin.
“These books and their authors have touched so many people’s lives in so many ways,” Pachtery said in the statement.
The latest addition is one of three books that Kobo announced Monday.
The other two are by authors Stephen King and Margaret Atwell, and the third is by author J.K. Rowling.
The books were added to the company’s online catalog by the company, which is also part of Amazon.com Inc. The new books were selected based on the quality of their content, which includes a review of each book and an essay.
“This is an important milestone for Kobe in that it marks the launch of our first ever online book,” Puthter said.
“While Kobo continues to grow in the U.S. and around the world, we remain focused on our core mission of bringing people together to discover new books.”
The company will also add more titles in coming weeks, and said it will add new titles at the same time it adds books from smaller publishers.
KobiSaver also announced Monday that it will launch its Kobo store in the new city of San Francisco, which it hopes will help it grow faster.
“As a startup, we are proud of our growing number of Kobo stores around the country,” Kobi Saver founder and CEO Tom Tresler said in an emailed statement.
Treslers company will expand its KobiShop platform in the San Francisco area in the coming months, adding to its already extensive catalogue of books.
“Today’s announcement is a huge step forward in Kobi’s efforts to become a leading e-commerce leader in the US, and reflects our commitment to the community and the books that matter most to us,” Tresers statement said.
Kobe is owned by Sony Corp. The bookseller is one the largest and most profitable online retailers in the business, with revenues of more than $1.6 billion in 2016.
The Kobo brand has grown to include several brands including Barnes & Noble, Scribd, K-Books, and Amazon.