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Old 07-31-2012, 09:01 AM   #12
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Some comments in the news. Search AJW for past stories about the e-book market.

http://ajw.asahi.com/article/economy...AJ201207280065


Rakuten president confident about e-book sales

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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

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