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Old 06-26-2012, 01:27 PM   #1
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Amazon’s Kindle is Finally Headed to Japan

http://allthingsd.com/20120626/amazo...aded-to-japan/

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The retailer this morning lit up a Kindle promotional page on its Japanese store saying the device is “coming soon.”

And it’s about time. Amazon was rumored to be prepping a Kindle for the Japanese market last year, but that effort was hamstrung by Japanese publishers reluctant to provide content to Amazon fearing the company would sell it at too much of a discount, potentially undermining both the digital and dead-tree sides of their business.
Go here to see the "coming soon" on Amazon Japan.
http://www.amazon.co.jp/b/%3Fnode=465392


Japan is the second biggest publishing market outside of the USA.

http://publishingperspectives.com/20...ks-15-percent/

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In 2011 the Japanese publishing industry is expected to lose 900 billion yen in value, and fall to 1.8 trillion yen (US$23.4 billion), with one trillion yen from magazine sales and 0.8 trillion from books—the same level of sales as 1997.

It will be interesting to see how many MAJOR publishers Amazon signed with. And if they allow Amazon to discount.

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Old 06-26-2012, 07:21 PM   #2
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That's good news. I'll check it out when I visit Tokyo next time. Hope the price will be attractive.
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Old 06-26-2012, 08:05 PM   #3
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That is indeed good news. Good for Amazon for finally letting this happen.
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Old 06-26-2012, 08:47 PM   #4
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I'll wait to see the ebook selection before deciding to get it or not. It is exciting news though.
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Old 06-27-2012, 03:50 AM   #5
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Oh please, please let there be Japanese textbooks and J-E dictionaries. Between Kobo and Kindle, somebody has to help us students of Japanese!
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Old 06-27-2012, 04:52 AM   #6
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Cheers to Amazon...

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That is indeed good news. Good for Amazon for finally letting this happen.
It sounds like it wasn't a question of Amazon being generous - quite the opposite probably ! Sounds more like they finally managing to cough up enough $$$'s to persuade the publishers to let them in the door, to get their hands on Japanese wallets !

Might have something to do with the size of the potential market, too ?

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Old 06-27-2012, 08:33 PM   #8
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I read the Japanese news few months ago and a lot of publishers there felt they were really pressured into getting a deal with Amazon.
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I read the Japanese news few months ago and a lot of publishers there felt they were really pressured into getting a deal with Amazon.
I doubt Amazon can exert that much pressure on the Big Publishers. We will find out once Kindle Japan come out if all the Big Publishers are on board and how much of a discount they allow Amazon to sell.



http://paidcontent.org/2012/04/18/kindlejapan/

Taking a look back at previous news reports, we can see that the delays are getting more than a little tired:

October 2011: Nikkei Business Daily says Amazon is in late stage negotiations, and could enter e-book market sometime in 2011, bringing the Kindle as well.

December 2011: Kyodo News reports Amazon does not have enough publishers on board, and the new target date could be spring 2012.

February 2012: Nikkei Business Daily (again) says that the Kindle e-book reader will sell in Japan as early as April, with free data via Docomo’s 3G network.

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Oh please, please let there be Japanese textbooks and J-E dictionaries. Between Kobo and Kindle, somebody has to help us students of Japanese!
Sony's Japanese PRS-T1 comes with the third edition of Daijirin 大辞林 but the implementation is less than stellar. It only shows up on the bottom so if the text you are trying to select is at the bottom of the page it sometimes takes several attempts. Also the jumping icons won't work in book mode, only in stand alone mode. Amazon has a whole wide open field thay can counter.
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Old 06-29-2012, 04:29 AM   #11
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Sony's Japanese PRS-T1 comes with the third edition of Daijirin 大辞林 but the implementation is less than stellar. It only shows up on the bottom so if the text you are trying to select is at the bottom of the page it sometimes takes several attempts. Also the jumping icons won't work in book mode, only in stand alone mode. Amazon has a whole wide open field thay can counter.
I wonder what file format they'll be using for their books? Does KF8 support top-to-bottom, right-to-left layout?
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Japanese books can be read from left to right, top to bottom.
It is true though that traditionally Japanese books are written vertically going from right to left, that is how the books in the Sony are reproduced. I have some PD books in the Kindle and they are all organized like Western scripts.
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Looking forward to this, and wonder how the battle with Kobo will go there.

Has anyone heard anything recently about the Brazilian Kindle store? It was targeted for this summer.
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Crossing my fingers that this means a Canadian launch is coming too.
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Looking forward to this, and wonder how the battle with Kobo will go there.
Kobo is implementing ePUB3 for the launch in Japan. Maybe that makes a difference, maybe not.
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