Originally Posted by Stitchawl
I don't see e-readers becoming as popular in Japan as they are in the West. Most folks in Japan have their phones in front of their faces any time they are not working or in school. It was estimated in one of the Japanese newspapers that 35% of pedestrians cross the streets without looking up from their phones. On the trains, it would appear that 75% or more of the riders are reading (or doing 'something') on the phones. Virtually everyone under the age of 30 has their phone in their hand (rather than pocket or purse) at all times, walking, shopping, waiting, etc. So far, I haven't seen a single Japanese with any brand of e-reader.
that's because buying a Kindle or a KOBO is a waste because 95% of the book you want to read are not available for purchase.
no device will take off when 95% of the content (the reason for buying the device in the first place) are not available.
Would you buy a Blu-Ray player when 95% of movies that you want to watch won't come out on Blu-Ray?
The Japanese publishers want to kill the ebook market and they are doing a good job of it so far.