The Mainichi Times is reporting:
Publishing company Kodansha has announced that it will start selling an electronic novel by mystery writer Natsuhiko Kyogoku aimed at Apple's iPad tablet computer and other e-book readers.
It is the first time that a major Japanese publisher has embarked on an electronic distribution of new literary titles, the company said.
I think they made a mistake here. Sony has sold the Libre (and before that, the Data Discman) in Japan. Surely some literary titles have been released for one device or the other.
The paper edition of Kyogoku's new novel "Shineba Iinoni" (I Wish You'll Die) is available now, and the iPad edition should be out next month for 900 yen, which is about half that of the paper edition. There's also going to be a cell phone edition, which will e sold in an installment system. The first of the 7 sections will be free, and the other 6 priced at 105 yen.