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2018.09.14 Japan Amazon begins audio book downloads
On August 28, Amazon announced that the sales system of the audio book has changed from a subscriber based "all you can read system" to a buy what you download system. Audible, an audio book sales service managed by Amazon, has offered "monthly subscription" service on a monthly subscription basis since joining the Japanese market in July 2015. However, their system made it impossible for non-subscribers to purchase audio books separately. However, as a result of changes to their system, it is now possible for anyone to purchase an audio book without becoming a subscriber.

The 1500 yen per month membership fee will not be subject to change however the member benefits have changed somewhat. The coin system already deployed in the United States and the United Kingdom, amongst other countries has been adopted and as such members will now be awarded one coin each month. Coins can be exchanged for any audio book regardless of the price, and you can retain the purchased data even after cancellation of membership. Furthermore, as a member benefit, you can get a preferential 30% off when you buy a single book in addition to unlimited access to the listening service "Audible Station" which offers shorter content such as foreign news and rakugo Japanese storytelling without any extra charge. Returns can also be processed if within 365 days after purchase.

The service has also expanded audio books that Japanese users can purchase to over 220,000 titles in 38 languages. Included are works by Shogakukan, Hayakawa and Gentosha. So far more than 400 titles featuring professional voice actors and audio books by narrators have been added including: Horie Takafumi's "Multi Power" (voice / Kosuke Katayama), Shinkai Makoto's "Your name is...." and  Shuichi Yoshida's "Bad Guy" (voice, Tanaka Rena, Nakamura Ao).

For details, please visit the following website.
 
https://www.shinbunka.co.jp/news2018/08/180828-01.htm

https://www.businessinsider.jp/post-174093

https://m.media-amazon.com/images/G/09/audibleweb/PR/pdf/180827_PressRelease_downloadmodel_launch_Web_v2._CB1198675309_.pdf