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That’s what the CBC is reporting.

Canadian-based e-book seller Kobo is following in Amazon’s footsteps and creating a publishing arm that will deal directly with authors, CBC News has learned.

Kobo, whose major shareholder is Indigo Books, will roll out its program sometime next year, according to CEO Michael Serbinis.

Like Amazon, which announced two weeks ago that it would be publishing 122 original titles this fall, Kobo will be offering complete publishing services for authors, including book editing and design.

“It’s part of the new market and if you expect to be a number 1 player in that market globally it’s table stakes — you have to provide it,” Serbinis told CBC News.

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