At the Tokyo International Book Fair the focus finally shifted away from devices to actual ebooks, but hype of their immediately transforming the business was toned down.
The Korea Times compares the Seoul International Book Fair to Tokyo’s International Book Fair, and finds it sorely lacking.
Amazon’s Kindle may be coming soon to Japan, but Rakuten Kobo and Kodansha make it clear at the Tokyo Book Fair that the Yanks will face stiff competition.
Until now, Japan has been the Galapagos Islands of e-books. Suddenly, with foreign companies appearing to win, the market is scrambling to catch up and adjust.
The large turnout at the Tokyo Book Fair comes increasingly from non-publishers, including online distributors, digital services, and IT companies.
Pictures from the Tokyo International Book Fair (July 7-10, 2011), one of the major publishing trade shows in Asia.