Like Kobo, Amazon’s Japan e-bookstore is hampered by limited title selection, but the recent launch will motivate publishers to finally digitize their catalogs.
The demise of the Japan’s proprietary XMDF e-book format opens the door to EPUB3 and international standards and competition.
In August Japanese publishing revenue shrank 1.5% compared with the previous year
The Big Three — Google, Apple and Amazon — are expected to jump start the market, but others have an opportunity as well.
Japan’s e-book market remains small. Publishers been reluctant to support e-books out of fear losing revenue and challenging their own distribution monopoly.
The large turnout at the Tokyo Book Fair comes increasingly from non-publishers, including online distributors, digital services, and IT companies.