LINE Corp., the operators of the voice-chat/messaging app LINE, has announced that the company will launch a new subsidiary called LINE Book Distribution; this new subsidiary will be releasing manga internationally. LINE Book Distribution is a joint venture backed by publishers Kodansha and Shogakukan and e-book distribution company Media Do.
LINE Book Distribution will release properties from Kodansha, Shogakukan and other Japanese publishers in English and Traditional Chinese globally via the LINE manga app. LINE Corp. plans to launch the LINE Manga Global Version app later in 2014. The company will announce details as to the specific titles being released at a later time.