This week, we have views from the corporate headquarters of Kinokuniya, showing off its 30th world bookstore location, just opened in May as the company’s first store in Cambodia.
News from the Sharjah Book Fair: as the Publishing City rises in Sharjah, nearby Dubai gets a smaller Kinokuniya bookstore. And UAE libraries contemplate drone deliveries.
‘Heavy discounting will destroy market order, and idiotic populism will come to reign,’ says Kinokuniya’s Hiroshi Sogo, whose Tokyo base aggressively supports English and other-language work.
After snapping up most of Murakami’s latest book to thwart Amazon, Kinokuniya bookstore chain plans to try monopolizing more titles.
Kinokuniya, Japan’s largest bookstore chain, has purchased 90% of the print run of Haruki Murakami’s new book to encourage readers to go to physical store.
Japanese bookseller Kinokuniya has implemented several innovative strategies to fight declining domestic sales, while still expanding at home and abroad.
A new survey shows that Amazon’s Kindle is leading Japan’s market for ebook sales, with Apple second, followed by Kinokuniya’s Kinoppy, Sony’s Reader Store and Kobo.
Beleaguered bookseller Waterstone’s is counting on aNobii, a book-oriented social networking site originally developed in Hong Kong, to help save them. By Roger Tagholm LONDON: Troubled UK chain Waterstone’s is pinning its hopes on the aNobii app which it officially launches next month. Not much has been said about this so-called “social bookselling” website, but it was clear from talking to …