The client Forside.com is a Tokyo-based company, listed on Osaka Stock Exchange, focused on the distribution of e-books all over the world. It had forged partnerships with carriers to distribute books like comics, novels, non-fiction work, guidebooks, and handbooks. Their products included licensed material from other companies as well as its own publications and even books of lyrics by popular artists. They gathered more than 4 million e-book distribution rights in multiple languages.
Set against the backdrop of the huge traditional book market and the fast-growing mobile sector, For-side.com, specialising in the e-book market, aimed at distributing e-books globally by making the most out of their accumulated distribution and sales strategy know-how. They required upgradation of their global carrier service along with an expansion of their channels for smartphones. Application development for their material was another major area to be covered. With this business requirement, the Mobibook project was awarded to WS in 2010.