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Rakuten president confident about e-book sales
Amazon to bust open domestic e-book market with introduction of Japanese Kindle
July 28, 2012
THE ASAHI SHIMBUN
Online shopping mall operator Rakuten Inc. said first week sales of its new electronic book reader stood at 100,000 units, exceeding the company's expectations.
The Kobo Touch model was released July 19.
Books for the e-book reader, launched on the same day, are also selling "four to five times faster than we had expected," the company said July 27.
"We want to have half the e-book market in Japan," said Rakuten Chairman and President Hiroshi Mikitani.
Japan's e-book market is expected to grow to 200 billion yen ($2.53 billion) within a few years.
U.S. online e-book giant Amazon.com Inc. will also enter the market in Japan, according to sources.
Mikitani was confident that his company's e-book business had the edge, saying, "We will win."
THE ASAHI SHIMBUN
Sales tax may be tacked onto e-books from abroad
June 29, 2012
The Finance Ministry plans to impose a consumption tax on electronic books sold in Japan by foreign companies such as Amazon.com Inc., sources said on June 28.
Sony forced to open e-book service to rivals’ devices
June 13, 2012
Sony Corp. will make its e-book service available on other companies’ smartphones and tablet computers in an effort to compete with Amazon.com Inc.’s popular Kindle service.
Amazon in accord with 40 Japanese publishers on e-book distribution
April 17, 2012
Amazon.com Inc. has struck deals with a number of Japanese publishing houses on terms of e-book distribution of the Japanese version of its Kindle service, sources said.