Japan

Kinokuniya snaps up 90% of Murakami book to keep it away from Amazon

By Chris Meadows
August 25, 2015 // 1 Comment

Well, that’s one way to fight Amazon. According to Publishing Perspectives, Japan’s largest bookstore chain, Kinokuniya, has announced it is buying up 90% of the first printing of Japanese author [...]

Japanese citizens buy the most e-books per capita

By Chris Meadows
August 4, 2015 // 2 Comments

Update: Nate’s questioning BI’s numbers. He could be right. A recent piece in Business Insider reports that Japanese consumers are crazy about their e-books. On average, they spend nearly [...]

TeleRead Links: Amazon profits, disburses more anti-trust credit, helps publishers; bookstore turns hostel in Tokyo; and more

By Chris Meadows
July 24, 2015 // 5 Comments

Amazon shares soar on surprise profit, market value above Wal Mart’s (Reuters) Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) shares surged more than 17 percent on Thursday as the online retailer posted an unexpected [...]

New children’s e-book program Nintendo’s first official foray into e-books, but far from first for the Game Boy

By libertyc
July 4, 2013 // 0 Comments

Happy Fourth, to those of our readership who observe it! Rocketnews has a comprehensive English-language report on some new Nintendo-related e-book news. Nintendo is launching an e-book program for [...]

New 3D-photographic scanner will capture 250 book pages per minute

By libertyc
November 19, 2012 // 0 Comments

CNet has a report on a new book scanner (Japanese) from Dai Nippon Printing that takes and corrects three-dimensional images of book pages, allowing for them to be scanned at the amazing rate of 250 [...]

Rakuten insists hidden reviews were of premature version of Kobo Touch service

By libertyc
July 27, 2012 // 0 Comments

On The Digital Reader, Nate Hoffelder discusses Rakuten’s response to those who noticed it has chosen to hide all consumer reviews of its Kobo Touch e-reader from Japan. Rakuten claims that a [...]

Rakuten removes all Japanese customer reviews of Kobo Touch from its website

By libertyc
July 26, 2012 // 0 Comments

Over at The Digital Reader, Nate Hoffelder has coverage of the Kobo Touch’s launch in Japan, which seems to have turned into something of a debacle. Bad reviews of the device were posted so [...]

Kobo seeks to beat Amazon to Japanese marketplace with Kobo Touch

By libertyc
June 23, 2012 // 0 Comments

The Japanese paper Asahi Shimbun reports that Rakuten, the Japanese company that bought Canadian outfit Kobo, is going to try to beat Amazon to market in Japan by introducing the Kobo Touch there in [...]

Kobo-owner Rakuten to sell Japanese e-books to Japanese consumers from Toronto

By libertyc
June 11, 2012 // 2 Comments

Remember the stories about how Amazon bases its European e-book operations in Luxembourg to avoid having to pay the huge VAT (Value-Added Tax) surcharges that would come from selling e-books out of [...]

Amazon inches closer to releasing Kindle in Japan

By libertyc
April 19, 2012 // 0 Comments

Tech In Asia reports that, after months of delays, Japanese news sources have reported Amazon is soon to release the Kindle in Japan. This marks the fourth time such reports have surfaced in the last [...]

1DollarScan adds platform customization to its budget scanning program

By libertyc
April 2, 2012 // 3 Comments

TechCrunch reports that 1DollarScan, a US subsidiary of Japanese jisui (third-party book-to-e-book scanning) company Bookscan, has introduced an improved formatting service called Fine Tune. Fine [...]

Manga scanlations hold up digital manga licensing

By libertyc
March 30, 2012 // 4 Comments

Publishing Trends has an interesting article looking at the problem of manga scanlation, which a number of manga publishers feel is retarding the potential international market for their product. [...]

E-book initiative in Japan promises ‘1 million e-books’

By libertyc
March 1, 2012 // 3 Comments

In an article that showed up complete in my RSS reader but turned out to be behind a paywall when I tried to click through, The Bookseller reports that a group of 180 Japanese publishers are joining [...]

Trading in paper books for e-books: Is it possible?

By libertyc
February 5, 2012 // 4 Comments

In my email this morning, I received a notice from Quora that I had been invited to submit an answer for the following question: Are there any services or business models in which one can trade [...]

Kobo could be Amazon’s only major international competitor

By libertyc
January 25, 2012 // 4 Comments

On Wired’s Epicenter blog, Tim Carmody writes about why he thinks that the main global e-book competitor Amazon has to worry about is Kobo. He points out that while Amazon and Apple have been [...]

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