Japan

Here's the official Kobo announcement about their entry into the Japanese market

By Paul Biba
July 2, 2012 // 1 Comment

From the press release: Kobo Inc., a global leader in eReading, today announced that it will launch its full eReading service in Japan on July 19. The company’s award-winning Kobo Touch™ eReader will be offered to Japanese consumers for ¥7,980 including tax (or $100 USD). Starting today July [...]

Japan's ebook market in 2012

By Paul Biba
July 2, 2012 // 0 Comments

From an article in Publishing Perspectives by Robin Birtle: In 2011, the only significant e-book revenue in Japan was derived from manga comics. To develop as a mainstream market, a significant push was, and still is, needed from one of the handful of industry players with real clout. One of those [...]

Rakuten (Kobo) to sell ereader in Japan; beats Amazon

By Paul Biba
June 27, 2012 // 0 Comments

From The Asahi Shimbun: Rakuten Inc., Japan’s top online retailer, will release its own e-book reader in late July, marking its full-fledged entry into the e-book market. Hiroshi Mikitani, Rakuten chairman and CEO, said the company plans to price the Kobo Touch reader at around 10,000 yen [...]

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 July before Amazon is able to bring out its Kindle Touch there later this year. "As a Japanese [...]

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 England? The Bookseller reports this strategy might also make it “big in Japan”. Or, rather, big [...]

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 few months. This time, the anticipated date is by the end of the year. A previous prediction had [...]

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. Scanlation, the manga equivalent of fansubbing, has been around for a while, but really kicked into [...]

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 forces under an initiative with a goal of creating 1 million e-books. This may be just a bit [...]

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 paperback or hardcover books for digital books, without having to pay full price again? After typing my [...]

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 making highly visible splashes with their new hardware or e-publishing initiatives, Kobo has quietly been [...]

Rakuten completes purchase of Kobo

By libertyc
January 11, 2012 // 1 Comment

Engadget has the press release from Kobo on the completion of its purchase by e-commerce company Rakuten. Kobo’s HQ will remain in Toronto, though Rakuten is based in Japan. Given that Rakuten owns a lot of popular e-commerce and other industry sites already (including e-tailer Buy.com), it has [...]

Kizuna: Fiction for Japan – help Japanese orphans

By Paul Biba
January 11, 2012 // 0 Comments

Found this on the Moorcock website.  Dated August 11, 2011, but the links still work and the cause is still important. {Blockquotes omitted.} Edited by Brent MillisKindle ebook: $9.99Print version: TBAThe earth shook. The waters rose. Japan cried out…And we listened. After the devastating [...]

Ereader lets you physically turn the page

By Paul Biba
January 9, 2012 // 0 Comments

From Discovery News: “E-books have grown in popularity, but we think they lost the physical features that real books have,” said Yuichi Itoh, an associate professor at Osaka University and project manager for the new device, called “Paranga.” Itoh worked with Osaka University students as [...]

Hokusai Manga compiles works of Katsushika Hokusai

By libertyc
December 2, 2011 // 1 Comment

This isn’t an ebook, but I’m a lover of Japanese art and I just found out about the publication of this book.  It’s an important resource to all us Japanophiles. From the Amazon description: The legendary masterpieces of Hokusai-fifteen volumes in a single chunky book. Hokusai [...]

Japanese are rejecting ebooks says survey

By libertyc
November 29, 2011 // 1 Comment

From The Bookseller: Tokyo-based consumer research group Net Mile polled over 1,000 men and women on attitudes to e-books in Japan and in China for a survey that reveals stark contrasts between the two. Of the 600 Japanese respondents asked, “Do you use or do you want to use [...]

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