1DollarScan and BOOKSCAN are popular in US and Japan

By libertyc
July 24, 2012 // 7 Comments

Publishing Perspectives has an interesting look at Japanese jisui company BOOKSCAN and its American subsidiary 1DollarScan, via an interview with CEO Hiroshi Nakano. Jisui companies are the do-it-yourself e-book makers who will, for a fee, take customers’ paper books and scan them into e-books [...]

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 [...]

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 Tune promises to custom-format its scans so that they work better and load faster on all different [...]

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 [...]

The Jisui Memo: trouble cooking in the Japanese ebook market, by Robin Birtle

By libertyc
September 14, 2011 // 1 Comment

Jisui is the cutting up of a physical book into individual pages, scanning these pages and then converting the output into an eBook. The pages themselves are then discarded. The literal translation of jisui,  ‘to prepare one’s own food’, reflects the fact that it was individuals at home, not [...]

It’s ‘Jisui’ War’! — Digitizing books into e-books stirs the copyright pot in Japan, by Danny Bloom

By libertyc
September 28, 2010 // 1 Comment

It’s called “Jisui”, and it means “cooking your own meals.” As the digital age grows more and more complicated, in terms of copyright law and copyright theft, some Japanese companies are “cooking their own meals” in a way that some book publishers [...]

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