Sony to launch ebook distribution system in Japan

Sony has just announced a partnership with Toppan Printing, KDDI, and The Asahi Shimbun Company to start a joint venture focusing on the eBook distribution business. This ventrue should begin by 1 July 2010, and they expect it to grow into an ebook distribution company with a functioning distribution platform by the end of the year. They're planning to make this a common platform that will work with all of Japan's publishers.

This is very good news because right now there is no ebook market in Japan. The lack of a distribution platform was one of the things holding it back.

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader:"I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

1 Comment on Sony to launch ebook distribution system in Japan

  1. “Right now there is no ebook market in Japan” is not true. There are some sites selling ebooks, and there is a couple of common formats. Even more popular are ebooks and manga for cell phones. The big publishers are underrepresented, but I don’t think that warrants saying that there is “no market”.

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