China and Japan: The device tech faceoff?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 22, 2014 // 0 Comments

Digitimes, the popular though occasionally unreliable Taiwanese technology news platform, has shared fresh intelligence that Japanese mobile device display manufacturers are finally managing to bring significant pricing pressure to bear on their Chinese rivals. According to the Digitimes report, [...]

Could Japan’s next big science fiction author be Godzilla?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

A slightly unorthodox take on the thesis of living your art comes in the shape of Japan’s Hoshi Award, a top science fiction prize, which is to be opened to aliens and AIs as well as humans. The Award was launched in 2013 in honor of Shinichi Hoshi (1926-97), “recognized as one of [...]

Japan stays isolated on EPUB 3

By Paul St John Mackintosh
June 1, 2014 // 13 Comments

Japan is a uniquely island nation, with a tendency to cling on to practices (the formal bow, the suit waistcoat, the command economy), long since abandoned elsewhere. And add to that list EPUB 3. For as it happens, Osamu Yoshiba, executive director for the digital and international business [...]

OverDrive adds bestselling Japanese e-books

By Susan Lulgjuraj
May 13, 2014 // 1 Comment

OverDrive has added Japanese publishing aggregator MediaDo in what OverDrive is calling “an alliance.” OverDrive Japan will distribute popular Japanese content such as manga and adult fiction through OverDrive’s global network. This will add more than one million e-book and audiobook [...]

Will it help Apple to be big in Japan?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 30, 2014 // 1 Comment

Kantar Worldpanel ComTech has just released its worldwide smartphone sales figures for the first quarter of 2014, with some (moderately) encouraging news for Apple, especially in the light of the not-so-encouraging breakdown in their figures for the previous quarter, as well as some similarly [...]

Eyeball-licking trend in Japan debunked by sharp-eyed reporter

By libertyc
August 31, 2013 // 4 Comments

When the Guardian posted a “news article” earlier this year headlined “Eyeball-licking: the fetish that is making Japanese teenagers sick,” all hell broke loose. That’s because the “story” was a hoax, and the Guardian, along with a number of news-gathering [...]

Japan Considering Copyright Extension; Canada Next?

By libertyc
July 16, 2013 // 4 Comments

From the inimitable Michael Geist comes this little tidbit that Japan is considering extending its standard copyright from Life-Plus-50 to Life-Plus-70. What makes this especially worrying is that Canada, one of the last Life-Plus-50 bastions, is, like Japan, considering participation in the [...]

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 its 3DS handhelds aimed at grade-school kids, with 300 Japanese children’s books available. Whereas [...]

Try doing this with a Kindle, say Japan’s book stackers

By libertyc
June 7, 2013 // 0 Comments

That same Japanese craft-based sensibility that brought us origami and ikebana has obviously been at work again—in book stacking. Thanks to Rocket News 24, we can now gaze in wonderment at the awesome creativity and dexterity of bookstore shelf stackers in Japan, as they build book displays that [...]

In Japan, an app that makes newspaper reading an interactive experience for kids

By Dan Eldridge
February 1, 2013 // 4 Comments

A daily Japanese newspaper, the Tokyo Shimbun, has recently launched an app that allows children to scan specially-marked articles with their smartphone, which then reveals various kid-friendly content related to the article. An anime character, for instance, might pop up on a child’s [...]

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 pages a minute, meaning that the average book could be captured in little more than two to three [...]

Quick Links: Amazon in the news

By libertyc
November 8, 2012 // 2 Comments

It’s an Amazon roundup! Here are some Amazon stories from the last few days that might not deserve full pieces by themselves, but are nonetheless interesting tidbits. Wired reports Amazon has released a firmware update for the Paperwhite that will allow readers to enlarge panes in manga [...]

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 prevalently to Rakuten’s website that it finally removed all reviews, both good and bad, from its site. [...]

A war against Amazon in Japan

By Paul Biba
July 12, 2012 // 0 Comments

From an article by Robin Birtle in Publishing Perspectives: TOKYO: The keynote panel discussion at Tokyo’s E-Book Expo, as part of the Tokyo Book Fair last week, wasn’t expected to get the pulses racing despite the presence of Mikitani-san, whose company Rakuten has acquired Kobo, and Noma-san, [...]

Pottermore in Japan

By Paul Biba
July 5, 2012 // 0 Comments

 From Shelf Awareness: The Pottermore Shop willlaunch in Japan later this summer, featuring Japanese-language e-book editions of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter novels published in ePub3 format. A Japanese version of the Pottermore Experience will debut at a date yet to be announced, according [...]

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