Japan’s Ebook Market Valued at $740 million for 2012

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka

According to the preliminary results of the Internet Media Research Institute’s book business survey report 2013,(due to be published on July 18), Japan’s ebook market was valued at 72.9 billion yen (USD $740 million) in 2012. It’s a ten billion yen increase, representing a 15.9% jump over 2011. The same report suggests that the market could balloon to 240 billion yen (USD $2.4 billion) by 2017. Unsurprisingly, comics and manga publishing remains at the core of the market.

Japan's Ebook Market

Source: ItMedia ebook user

About the Author

Edward Nawotka

A widely published critic and essayist, Edward Nawotka serves as a speaker, educator and consultant for institutions and businesses involved in the global publishing and content industries. He was also editor-in-chief of Publishing Perspectives since the launch of the publication in 2009 until January 2016.