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2017-02-21     Peking University Students Are Fond of Keigo Higashino, Research Says  -  
A statistical analysis by Peking University Library shows that when its students aren't reading course-assigned books about politics and economics, they are showing a preference for the Japanese thriller and mystery author, Keigo Higashino. The report found that Higashino’s “Mysterious Night” (Tradi...

2017-02-21     TSUTAYA brings new lifestyle ‘Book Café’ to Taiwan  -  
TSUTAYA Co., Ltd, the largest movie and music rental and bookshop chain in Japan, has opened a ‘book café’ in Taipei, Taiwan. The new TSUTAYA Bookstore located in the trend-setting Xinyi shopping district is promoted as offering a ‘lifestyle’ where people enjoy books while sipping coffee, reports Th...

2017-02-21     Google Translate app implements real-time Japanese translation  -  
In January 2017, Google updated its ‘Google Translate’ smartphone app (iOS/Android) to enable immediate text translation to and from Japanese. The app displays translations on the screen when app users hold their smartphone camera up to some text. The real-time camera translation mode, offered by Go...

2017-02-16     Donald Trump Causes Headaches for Translators  -  
One month has passed since Donald Trump took office as the President of the United States. There are several reports about translators (and interpreters) who are struggling to translate or interpret his speeches. The Independent Online on January 21, 2017 tells of a French translator, Bérengère Vi...

2017-02-16     UK Children’s Commissioner drafts Instagram terms of service for children  -  
The UK Children’s Commissioner has released a rewritten version of Instagram’s Terms of Use that is aimed at children. In the UK, Instagram is overwhelmingly popular among children aged 13 or younger. It is said that more than half of children aged 12-15 and 43% of those aged 8-11 are using Instagra...

2017-02-14     Taipei International Book Exhibition 2017  -  
The 25th Taipei International Book Exhibition was held from February 8 to 13, 2017. Taiwanese artist Akibo Lee created an installation for the event: a giant formed from a wooden frame and more than 2000 donated books, said to represent a moving force of books that would instigate change. After the ...

2017-02-09     Wearable translation device ‘ili’ launched  -  
Japanese tech company Logbar Inc. has officially announced their wearable translation device ‘ili’ at the ‘ili Unveiled’ launch event on 31 January, 2017. Logbar will start ‘ili for Guest’, a corporate service that includes the ili device, from June 2017.

ili is a speech translation device that ...

2017-02-09     English version of ‘Ronja’ anime series to start on Amazon  -  
From January 27, 2017, Amazon will start showing an English version of the Japanese television series ‘Sanzoku no Musume Rônya (Ronja, the Robber’s Daughter)’ on its US and UK websites. The animated series, produced in 2014 by Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK), was directed by Goro Miyazaki and i...

2017-02-07     Annotated “Mein Kampf” sells 20 times more volumes than expected  -  
One year has passed since the republication of ‘Mein Kampf’, an autobiographical book by Adolf Hitler, the dictator of Nazi Germany. Until recently, the German state of Bavaria owned the copyright for ‘Mein Kampf’, prohibiting its reprinting in Germany. However, when copyright expired at the end of ...

2017-02-07     Canada guest of honor at Havana International Book Fair 2017  -  
The 26th Havana International Book Fair will be held over February 9-19, 2017, with an expected attendance of 600,000 people. 35 countries will be participating from all over the world and Canada has been announced as the guest of honor. The Canadian government states that 1.39 million Canadians go ...

2017-02-02     Canadian black market for Murakami books?  -  
It may be interesting to know that books by a Japanese author are currently one of the most popular targets for book thieves in Canada. According to an online CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) News report, there is apparently a thriving black market for stolen Haruki Murakami books in Toronto,...

2017-01-31     Rakuten Kobo to buy German e-reader platform  -  
Rakuten Kobo Inc., a Canadian-based subsidiary of the Rakuten Group and an e-reader platform operator, has announced the acquisition of an e-reader platform system from Deutsche Telekom, the leading telecommunication provider in Germany. Specifics have not yet been released, but it is estimated that...

2017-01-26     Kolkata International Book Fair - Concerns as new publications down  -  
The 41st Kolkata International Book Fair (KIBF) will be inaugurated on January 25, 2016, in Kolkata, West Bengal, India, at the Milan Mela exhibition site. It is a twelve-day event which boasts around 2.5 million footfalls every year, and is known as the largest book fair in the world. Its theme cou...

2017-01-24     UK translation agency recruiting “Emoji Translator"  -  
Today Translations, a major London-based translation agency, is recruiting an “Emoji Translator” for a new specialist position. Details are currently available on their website.

Text messages are an excellent internet-based communication tool. On the other hand, one aspect of this type of commun...

2017-01-19     Audiobook popularity sees rapid rise in two years   -  
The market of the ‘audiobook’ – books which can be enjoyed through listening – is growing rapidly. In the past, audiobooks had been available in Japan, but didn’t become popular because they were more expensive than paper books. However, as the use of smartphone devices become the norm, people can n...

2017-01-17     How will textbooks change? London FutureBook Conference 2016  -  
Enthusiasts of ed-tech (education technology) gathered earlier in December at London’s 2016 FutureBook Conference to listen to talks about how current and future text books used in classrooms or at home may be changed to a digital format.

Tom Hall of Pearson, the world’s largest education compan...

2017-01-17     Global literary agent stresses to Japanese publishers importance of delivering in English  -  
Neil Gudovitz, founder of the Gudovitz & Company Literary Agency based in Brooklyn, New York, is a foreign rights agent who presents books from Japan and other Asian countries to the rest of the world. Gudovitz recently attracted attention at the 2016 Frankfurt Book Fair where he introduced “Hibana”...

2017-01-17     Happy New Year!  -  
Books & Rights Marketplace wishes to express our sincere gratitude for your continued support and interest in 2016. Our website has been bringing our readers great books from around the world to Japan, and vice versa. We strive to introduce more interesting books to publishers, agents and translator...

2017-01-10     KDDI begins “automatic translation” taxi trial  -  
In November 2015, Japanese telecommunications company KDDI Corporation (KDDI) started trialing automatic translation systems in taxis to translate conversations between the taxi user and taxi driver. From December 20 this year, KDDI began a new trial with taxis in Tokyo. The trial will continue to M...

2017-01-05     Japanese magazines sell less than books for the first time in 41 years  -  
Sales of magazines are projected to fall below book sales for the first time in decades, TOKYO Web reported. The Research Institute for Publications in Tokyo, Japan, released figures showing an estimated 7.7 percent drop in publication sales from the previous year (excluding electronic publications)...

2017-01-03     Individuals able to publish paper comic books on Amazon.co.jp  -  
Impress R&D announced that individuals can now publish paper comic books through its “POD (print on demand) publishing service for authors”. Authors can distribute comic books published through the service on Amazon.co.jp.

Impress R&D launched its “POD publishing service for authors” on October ...

2016-12-29     Japanese publisher ventures into Thai   -  
Japanese publisher Kadokawa Corporation, which is continuously exploring new areas to expand its media content, started a joint venture with a Thai publisher following its investments in Taiwan, China, Malaysia, and the United States. It formed Kadokawa Amarin Co. Ltd. with Amarin Printing and Publi...

2016-12-27     Two pet cats in sumo stable featured by four publishers  -  
Four books regarding Moru (from the Mongolian muur meaning cat) and Mugi, two pet cats which live in the Arashio-beya sumo stable in Nihonbashi, Tokyo, have been published by four different publishers since early October 2016. It is unusual that different publishers happened to release books featuri...

2016-12-22     "Ko-johruri" to be performed next June in Britain thanks to Donald Keene  -  
In 1962, the last known original copy of “Kouchi Houin Godenki”, a Japanese "Ko-johruri" book, was discovered at the British Museum by Bunzo Torigoe, now professor emeritus at Waseda University. A German doctor, Engelbert Kaempfer, had taken the book out of Japan about 300 years ago in the Genroku e...

2016-12-20     Does Google Translate AI generate unique internal language?   -  
In September 2016, Google announced that Google Translate switched from a phrase-based machine translation system to a neural machine translation system it calls the “Google Neural Machine Translation (GNMT) system”. The new machine translation system improves translation quality for many languages ...

2016-12-15     Guadalajara Book Fair taken as chance by Brazil Publishers  -  
The Guadalajara International Book Fair (FIL) is being held through November 26th to December 4th at the Expo Guadalajara convention center in Mexico. The importance of this book fair for Spanish-speaking countries is widely known, and although it attracts fewer attendees than Buenos Aires’s book fa...

2016-12-13     J-TALK: Japan’s first interpreting service for personal use  -  
In the final quarter of 2015, BeMap Inc., a company that conducts mobile system integration for infrastructure such as railways in Japan, launched its J-TALK interpreting service. This service includes the first ever interpreting service in Japan aimed at personal use.

J-TALK’s unique feature l...

2016-12-08     AR books popular at China Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair  -  
The China Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair 2016 (CCBF) was held at Shanghai World Center from November 18 to 20. The number of exhibitors has almost doubled from 154 to 300 since its first installment in 2013. This year’s 4th edition of the fair saw the addition of a new Digital Discovery...

2016-12-06     Panasonic strives to develop automatic audio translation devices  -  
Panasonic Corporation, a major Japanese electronics manufacturer, is rapidly advancing the development of its automatic audio translation devices.

The company is currently developing three different types of automatic audio translation devices: A megaphone-type device that can be used to make an...

2016-12-01     Record Visitor Numbers at Sharjah International Book Fair  -  
The 35th Edition of the Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) was held in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, from November 2, 2016, to November 12, 2016. It was announced that visitor numbers reached 2.3 million, the largest in the history of SIBF and twice as many compared to last year’s attendance. 1...

2016-11-29     V-cube’s online conference service implements automatic real-time speech recognition and translation  -  
V-cube, Inc., a Japanese company which provides an online conferencing service, announced the implementation of an automatic real-time speech recognition and translation functionality in their online conference service, “V-CUBE Meeting 5”, on November 3, 2016. Presently, this service is available as...

2016-11-24     Steidl Book Award Japan  -  
Billing itself as the largest art book fair in Asia, the 8th Tokyo Art Book Fair 2016 was held in September in Kita-Aoyama, Tokyo. As this year’s special exhibition, the fair has collaborated with the internationally reputable German publisher Steidl and established the “Steidl Book Award Japan”. A ...

2016-11-22     Dai Nippon Printing forms capital-based partnership with publishers in digital library field  -  
Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. (DNP), the largest printing company in Japan, has announced their sponsorship of Japan Digital Library Service Co., Ltd (JDLS), which operates in the area of digital library services.

JDLS, established by three companies Kodansha Ltd., Kadokawa Corporation and Kinok...

2016-11-17     Big Data Shows Co-authorship in 17 Shakespeare Plays  -  
William Shakespeare, England’s national poet and playwright, also called the“Bard of Avon”, co-authored eight of his works; this was what researchers presumed back in 1986. However, in a new release of the Bard’s publication it has been stated that an additional nine, or a total of 17 plays, had bee...

2016-11-15     “TATERU Phone”, the IoT device for lodgers adds in NTT DOCOMO’s translation service  -  
On October 18th, iVacation, the homestay agent company announced that they started doing experiment demonstrations with NTT DOCOMO on “TATERU Phone”. They are developing the IoT device for lodgers.

“TATERU Phone” is an IoT device that iVacation lends to homestay service users for free, and the d...

2016-11-10     The Last Bookstore” in Downtown Los Angeles   -  
With this ironic “The Last Bookstore” name, the mission now lies is in keeping books printed with ink on paper alive in this era of e-readers and digital downloads. This bookstore has now become the world’s largest independent bookstore.

Owner Josh Spencer appeared and talked in a short movie fo...

2016-11-08     Wearable translation device “ili” rentable starting spring 2017  -  
Vision Inc. announced that they would start a rental service of the wearable translation device “ili” beginning from the spring of 2017. The rental service became a reality because Vision Inc. formed a business alliance with Lobar Inc., the development company of “ili”, and became an official busine...

2016-11-03     Bob Dylan wins Nobel prize in literature  -  
The Sweden Academy announced on October 13th that the 2016 Nobel prize on literature has been awarded to 75-year-old singer Bob Dylan of the United States. The rock legend and singer/song writer who has influenced a great many, received the prize "for having created new poetic expressions within the...

2016-11-01     "Shaberi-Gaki (Talk and draw) UI" New Global Communication Tool  -  
"Shaberi-Gaki (Talk and Draw) UI (User Interface)" developed by Mitsubishi Electronic Corporation, appeared at CEATEC JAPAN 2016 held in early October. The electronics show and COM JAPAN were combined and became CEATEC JAPAN in 2000. It has been one of the biggest IT technology exhibitions in Asia.V...

2016-10-27     Deep Learning adopted to Google Translation  -  
On September 27th, Google Inc. announced the development of the “Google Neural Machine Translation(GNMT)”, their new translation system utilizing deep learning technology.
Google Inc. has adopted the “Phrase Based Machine Translation” (PBMT)system in the past that separates sentences into words an...

2016-10-25     The 68th Frankfurt Book Fair   -  
Starting from Wednesday, October 19th until its closing on Sunday the 23rd, the Frankfurt Book Fair will be held in Germany, at Messe Frankfurt. This year, the Netherlands and Flanders are the guests of honor. The largest fair of the publishing industry attracts many visitors. Last year it had been ...

2016-10-21     Book made by Artificial Intelligence launches  -  
On August 24th, QueryEye, the AI company in Japan launched an eBook called “Kenjin Kourin” that their artificial intelligence “Zero” had generated.

“Kenjin Kourin” is an eBook that QueryEye made and “Zero” produced after it had learned the writings of Yukichi Fukuzawa and Inazo Nitobe (Both were...

2016-10-18     Book Searching Game Takes Cue from Pokemon GO, Sees Popularity in Belgium  -  
As of August 2016, 40 million players are actively playing Pokemon GO every day according to Bloomberg. Now a Belgian elementary school’s headmaster, Ms. Aveline Gregoire is taking cues from the success of this game, and has started her own book searching game. Unlike Pokemon GO which was developed ...

2016-10-12     Kindle Unlimited caught in the pandemonium   -  
On October 5th, on the Japanese live broad streaming service “Nico Nico Live”, a live talk show in which famous journalists and lawyers in Japan talked about Kindle Unlimited was broadcasted on air.

Amazon launched an eBook all-you-can-read service “Kindle Unlimited “in Japan in August.
While ...

2016-10-11     Panasonic plans to launch a megaphone-type translation machine by the end of 2016   -  
The megaphone-type translation machine called “Megaphoneyaku” that Panasonic has developed will be launched by the end of 2016.
Its price has not been established yet, but the Megaphoneyaku is expected to be used in times of emergency for evacuation purposes or for big scale events.

Megaphoney...

2016-10-06     23rd Tokyo International Book Fair  -  
The 23rd Tokyo International Book Fair (TIBF) kicks off on September 23rd at the Tokyo Big Sight, (West hall) Japan, mainly to promote book reading for the public. It continues running for 3 days, and is expected to have over 40 thousand book lovers come to visit, view, and purchase from over 1 mill...

2016-10-04     Online translation company “YARAKU” forms capital and business alliance with big firms in Japan  -  
On September 5th, YARAKU, Inc., which has run an online translation tool “YarakuZen”, announced that YARAKU would form a capital oriented partnership with three big firms like KONIKA MINOLTA.

YarakuZen is a service for being used in translating business documents such as mail and presentation m...

2016-09-30     Unpublished Short Stories of Scott Fitzgerald Due to be Released Next Spring  -  
F Scott Fitzgerald is known to be the author of “The Great Gatsby” (published in 1925), which makes him one of the best writers of American literature in the twentieth century. His unpublished short stories are due to be released from Scribner, an imprint of Simon & Schuster titled “I’d Die For You”...

2016-09-27     Megaphoneyaku adopted for the first time to the general emergency drill in Tokyo  -  
“Megaphoneyaku”, the automated translation machine Panasonic developed was adopted to the general emergency drill in Tokyo for the first time on September 4th.

Megaphoneyaku is a loudspeaker that can translate Japanese into three languages such as English, Chinese, and Korean if you’re speaking ...

2016-09-23     Japanese Bookstore Strives to Sell More Books Internationally  -  
In August, the Kinokuniya Bookstore closed the 1st floor all the way to the 5th floor of its Shinjuku South Store which sold Japanese books, and left the 6th floor which has reopened as Books Kinokuniya Tokyo (BKT), mainly operating to sell foreign books, to be “a standalone international bookshop r...

2016-09-20     Amazon.com establishes Kindle Reading Fund  -  
Amazon.com announced the establishment of a new fund called the “Kindle Reading Fund”. Its purpose lies in the fact that people all over the world will become able to more easily utilize eBooks. In order to accomplish this, Amazon.com is cooperating with partner organizations around the world and th...

2016-09-16     The optimal opportunity to obtain Brazilian Content Translation Rights is now!?  -  
This year, the 24th São Paulo International Book Biennial will be held from August 26th to September 4th at the Anhembi Convention Center. The book fair takes place only once every two years in this city.

In fact, Brazil is one of seven markets selected as “the most dynamic market” at the “THE M...

2016-09-13     Educational content accounts for 70% of the Chinese Book Market  -  
The 23rd edition of the Beijing International Book Fair (BIBF) kicked off on August 24th, with more than 300,000 titles on display, 1,379 overseas exhibitors, and 16 Central and Eastern European countries as guests of honor.

This fair shows its clear interest of the educational book market which...

2016-09-08     A new multi-copy service of coterie magazines launched  -  
Seven-Eleven Japan, the biggest distribution company in Japan has launched a new service of their multi-copy machine.

The new copy service is made so that users can publish coterie magazines using Seven-Eleven’s multi-copy machine. Its special feature lies in that users can produce coterie magaz...

2016-09-06     Computers might predict bestsellers in the near future  -  
A book about computers predicting bestselling books will be published in the near the future in the United States. The book is very interesting for those who are engaged in the publishing world, but at this time the book has already polarized opinions.

This book, which is said to grasp the secre...

2016-09-01     2016 Shanghai Book Fair Opens on August 17th  -  
The 2016 Shanghai Book Fair will be held from Wednesday August 17th to 23rd at the Shanghai Exhibition Center (SEC), Jing'an District in China. Its opening hours are from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (10 p.m. on the weekend) and is set up long enough for various events to be planned for both the daytime and nig...

2016-08-30     Where will Amazon Unlimited go from here in the future?   -  
Amazon the largest Internet mail-order company launched “Kindle unlimited” on August 3rd in Japan. You can read about 120,000 eBooks including comics as much as you like for 980 yen per month through the service.

While some netizens welcome the service, other netizens are worried about the futur...

2016-08-26     Facebook Announces Additional Translation Feature  -  
It is Facebook’s mission to connect people worldwide as a SNS, to remove language barriers has lead the company to announce on July 1st its newly added feature known as the “multilingual composer”. User accounts can be selected from 45 languages to be set to be translated. (If the translated text do...

2016-08-26     The latest book in the “Harry Potter” series is now out in the world!  -  
“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”, the theatrical play of the “Harry Potter Series” was turned into a book and put on sale on July 31st everywhere in the world. The article states that the latest book might become a bestseller in 2016 because of the number of pre-orders made.

The “Harry Potter...

2016-08-19     Japan: Akutagawa Award Winners Are Boosting Book Sales  -  
In 2016 July, the Japanese biannual book award 155th Akutagawa Prize was given to a work of fiction titled "Konbini Ningen" (meaning "Convenience Store Woman"), written by Sayaka Murata, who is actually working as a part time worker at a convenience store in real life. This prize which honors Ryunos...

2016-08-16     A real-time translation service to help foreigners   -  
It is expected that the number of foreigners in Japan will increase considerably in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics & Paralympics. Microsoft Japan, Toyohashi University of Technology and BroadBand tower, Inc. decided to cooperate with each other for the sake of the realization of a real-time translation ser...

2016-08-11     Charlotte Bronte's Unpublished Writing Returns to home in Yorkshire, UK  -  
The Bronte Society, England has acquired The Remains of Henry Kirk White by Robert Southy (1807), which is a book that was once owned by Maria Bronte who is known as the mother of the early Victorian writers, the Bronte sisters. The book has added great value as it contains an unpublished manuscript...

2016-08-09     Big Japanese publishers get in on “Amazon Unlimited”  -  
It turns out that big Japanese publishers such as Koudansha Ltd. and Shogakukan Ltd. will provide their works to “Kindle Unlimited”, the all-you-can-read service Amazon Japan plans to launch in August. Although they first launched with a focus on old works featuring books and comics, they plan to pr...

2016-08-04     Animate Bangkok’s Effort  -  
Japanese manga and animation have been popular overseas. However, as they became popular with foreign countries, the pirated edition that is in violation of the producer’s copyrights began to be distributed in large quantities in the market. At the moment, this has become a big challenge to promote ...

2016-08-02     Pixiv Essay launched! Essay comics might become bestsellers!   -  
A WEB comic magazine “Pixiv Essay” launched on June 13th. This web magazine was a result of the collaboration between Pixiv(The biggest Japanese online community for artists)and KADOKAWA(One of the biggest Japanese publishers). The genre with which the magazine deals with is “Essay comics”, based on...

2016-07-29     2016 Hong Kong Book Fair   -  
The 2016 Hong Kong Book Fair will be held at the Hong Kong Exhibition and Convention Center(HKCEC)during July 20th to July 26th. The book fair was first held in 1990, and will celebrate its 27th anniversary. 580 companies and organizations exhibited their works from 30 countries and areas in last ye...

2016-07-27     “Digital first, Book last” Introducing a new approach  -  
Impress R&D, the Japanese publisher that runs an eBook publishing business has made unique efforts in the publishing industry in Japan. The company has improved the distribution environment of books with “Print on Demand”(POD): The company publishes eBooks first, and then binds and sells the printed...

2016-07-22     New Subscription Service Looks Ready to Start in Japan  -  
Online retail giant Amazon started an eBook subscription model service dubbed Kindle unlimited in the United States in 2014. Now, reports indicate this Kindle unlimited shall be available soon in Japan, starting this August. The monthly subscription fee is said to be 980 yen, which enables one to do...

2016-07-19     Book Award that decides “the publisher producing the world’s most beautiful book"  -  
“The Tokyo Art Book Fair", which specializes in art books has established a new book award known as the “Steidl Book Award Japan”. The committee is now calling for entries.

“The Tokyo Art book Fair” is going to be held from September 16th to September 19th at the Gaien Campus of Kyoto University...

2016-07-14     Peru’s International Book Fair   -  
The 21st Lima International Book Fair will be held during July 15th to July 31st in Peru, in the district of Jesus Maria. Jean- Marie Gustave Le Clezio will be the guest of honor to appear at the Book Fair. The French Embassy in Peru and the Peruvian Book Chamber has been attributed to having this f...

2016-07-12     Former physical education teacher publishes Summer Olympics dictionary  -  
Mr. Hideo Honda, who is the former physical education school teacher and has made it his life to put together dictionaries of sports terms, published “the Summer Olympics multilingual dictionary” from Sankei-Sha. The book consists of five volumes and is compatible with six languages, such as Japanes...

2016-07-07     eBook sales declined in the U.S.  -  
The Association of American Publishers announced a decline in eBook sales by 14% in 2015 as compared to the previous year. Also eBooks were 20% of the total books sold in 2015, and this also declined from the 23% of the previous year. Publishing consultant company, Codex Group (Head quarter: New Yor...

2016-07-05     Unofficial visual tribute to the NES from Kickstarter  -  
A crowd-funding campaign on ”Kickstarter" to publish a tabletop book featuring the “Family computer(Famicom)” and “Nintendo Entertainment System(NES)” by Nintendo has begun. The concept of the book is introduced on the video in the campaign article.

“Famicom” was launched by Nintendo in Japan in...

2016-06-30     Seoul International Book Fair (SIBF)2016  -  
SIBF (Seoul International Book Fair) 2016 starts from June 15th to June 19th at COEX in Hall A, COEX, Seoul, Republic of Korea, and has been hosted by the Korean Publishers Association since 1995. The fair will begin with the poetry reading of Ms. Shin Dal-ja, a renowned poet who has been selected a...

2016-06-28     A wearable device that can translate finger language into speech and text  -  
The undergraduates of the university of Washington developed “SignAloud”, a glove-type wearable device that translates sign language into speech. Speech devices that can translate sign language have already been developed, but to translate sign language into speech, a device needs to involve image i...

2016-06-23     Audiobook Sales Soaring in the U.S.  -  
According to an Audio Publishers Association (APA) survey, audiobook sales in 2015 rose 20% over 2014 to an estimated 1.78 billion dollars in the U.S. In order to meet customer’s demands, publishers are keen to release as many audiobook titles as possible.

According to the APA survey, in which 2...

2016-06-21     A picture book to learn programming without any code is now on sale  -  
A picture book on how to learn programming, “Hello Ruby” has been published from Finland and is now popular all over the world. The Japanese version was published on May 19th by Shoei-Sha.

This picture book is designed for parents and children to become familiar with programming. A unique charac...

2016-06-16     Universal Earphone Translator to be available  -  
Waverly Labs, (main office in New York, USA) has begun to take pre-orders via Indiegogo cloud funding starting on May 25th for its innovative earphone dubbed the "Pilot", which picks-up a spoken language and automatically translates it and then whispers it into the other person’s ear.

You can se...

2016-06-14     Strategy for an independent publishers' survival   -  
The United States has slipped into a deep slump in the publishing industry as well as Japan. For example, regarding the largest book fair in the U.S, "Book Expo America”, it is said that a lot of major publishers have disappeared from the book fair. This makes us feel the influence of the declining ...

2016-06-09     U.S. Supreme Court says Google Books Isn’t Copyright Infringement  -  
Over the past 11 years an impressive thirty million books were scanned by the digital generation giant companies’ advanced book search Google Books, this is a considerably large number of books, which almost rivals the 37 million books owned by the Library of Congress.


The Authors’ Guild and ...

2016-06-07     The future of e-books in the self-publishing market  -  
London Book Fair was held from April 12th to April 14th. The Japanese who participated there put together a paper regarding the impressions and outlook for the future.

According to the report, the field “Digital” and ” E-book” stand out the most in the book fair in spite of the exhibition relate...

2016-06-02     IDPF Announces Plan to Combine with W3C   -  
BookExpo America 2016, the largest publishing trade fair in North America took place at McCormick Place convention center from May 11th to May 13th, together with digital publishing convention IDPF DigiCon on May 10th and May 11th.

International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF), developer of EPUB...

2016-05-31     Report on Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2016  -  
Bologna Children’s Book Fair, the largest book fair specialized in children’s book was held in Bologna from April 4th to April 7th in 2016, and the report regarding it was released recently.

About 40,000 visitors came to this book fair and there were exhibitors from a total of 1,278 companies fr...

2016-05-27     Self-publishing becoming popular in UK.  -  
According to the online version of the publishing magazine in the UK “thebookseller.com”, sales of self-published eBooks accounted for 22% of the digital book market in the UK last year. This number was taken from the Nielsen BookInsights Conference on March 23rd.

Self-publishing in UK has grown...

2016-05-24     Chinese government shuts down Apple’s iTunes Movies and iBooks services   -  
The Chinese government ordered Apple Inc. to suspend their e-book selling operation and movie distribution operation in the Chinese market. The sales total of Apple’s smartphone “iPhone” taking a downward turn first, and a new worry has come about in Chinese market which supports Apple’s turnover.
...

2016-05-19     Hitler’s works “Mein Kampf” was republished in Germany  -  
Hitler’s works “Mein Kampf”, which had been banned from publication for a long time in Germany, was republished again. Hitler published “Mein Kampf” in 1925, and he had sold 12 millions copies until 1945.

After Hitler’s death, the copyright of his work was handed on to the Bavarian state governm...

2016-05-17     The Turin International Book Fair   -  
The 29th International Book Fair (“Salone Internazionale del Libro Torino”) will be held in Turin, Lingotto from May 12th to 16th 2016. The place of the fair is Lingotto, which used to be the automobile manufacturer Fiat’s Plant, which has its test course on the roof. It's a beautiful spiral ramp th...

2016-05-12     Romance Novels Written about Kagawa Prefecture in Japan, released in Bangkok  -  
This April, Bangkok has been holding the 44th National Book Fair, where a series of books have been written to attract more Thai tourists to visit Kagawa prefecture in Japan. Located in the south of Japan, Kagawa, the smallest prefecture, invited Thai author Ms. Sirikarn Suppalertporn, (She is famou...

2016-05-10     “Microsoft Translator” becomes compatible with offline translation  -  
Microsoft updated its iOS version of translation app “Microsoft Translation” to support offline translation. Before this update, in February 2016, Microsoft updated the Android version to support the same feature.

The competing app “Google Translate” is compatible with offline translation only o...

2016-05-05     2016 KLTCC with Kuala Lumpur International Book Fair  -  
The Kuala Lumpur International Book Fair will be held from April 29th to May 9th at the Malaysia Argo Exposition Park (MAEPS). Since 2013, there are over 2 million visitors and invites publishers to exhibit 800 booths from the Middle East and South East Asian countries.

The 2016 KLTCC (Internati...

2016-05-03     KADOKAWA invests in Yen Press, the leading translation publisher in the US   -  
The leading entertainment company in Japan, KADOKAWA took a big step in the publication of Japanese manga and light novels overseas.
KADOKAWA added the second leading company in the field of Japanese manga publications in the US, Yen Press as a member of their group.

Yen Press was established ...

2016-04-28     The 29th Bogota International Book Fair  -  
The 29th Bogota International Book Fair will be held from April 19th to May 2nd for 14 days at the Corferias Bogotá, Colombia. This Bogota International Book Fair is the most important book fair in South America, as it was named the Book Capital of the World in 2007, thus the city is recognized inte...

2016-04-27     “CRP”, the project selling photo books via Kindle  -  
A famous photographer in Japan, Mr. Arao Yokogi launched CROSSROAD PROJECT. The project that started in October 2015 aims for distributing photographer’s photo books all over the world by widely calling professional or amateur photographers and producing their digital photo books via Kindle, the Ama...

2016-04-24     TradeRights™ gets Three Key STM Partnerships  -  
TradeRights™ was developed by IPR License which is a British venture company founded in 2012. This is a B2B platform which is a fully transactional online rights solution to provide publishers the ability to negotiate internationally.
The founder Tom Chalmers developed this marketplace in partnersh...

2016-04-21     Skype’s evolving real-time translation  -  
Microsoft’s Skype launched a feature of real-time translation “Skype Translation” for those who use Windows on January 13, 2016. Anyone who uses Skype for Windows can use Skype Translator.

A skype user talks to the other skype user on video chat in his/her language, and then Skype Translator con...

2016-04-14     London Book Fair 2016  -  
Now entering its 45th year, The London Book Fair is the global marketplace for rights negotiation, sale and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels. For 2016, it will return to Olympia, West London from April 12-14, as a fair that covers all aspects of the industry...

2016-04-12     Artificial Intelligence writing a short story  -  
It was found out that short stories written by Artificial Intelligence passed the first round for the literary prize “Hoshi-Shinichi Prize”. The news became an epoch-making occurrence where artificial intelligence extends into the “imaginary writing field” where it was thought that only humans could...

2016-04-12     Bologna Children’s Book Fair  -  
The World Largest Convention of Children’s Picture Books, the Bologna Children’s Book Fair (BCBF) will be held from the 4th of April to the 7th of April in Bologna, Italy. It started in 1964 and gathered over 1,200 ehibitors from 98 countries with over 25,000 attendants last year.

Bologna Illustr...

2016-04-05     Automatic machine translation copy service launched by Xerox   -  
Xerox Corporation launches a surprisingly new service.
Xerox’s new service has a functionality that automatically translates a document as it is being copied.

According to the service introduction, PDF, Xerox® Easy Translator Service can produce draft machine translations instantly by utilizing ...

2016-03-31     The 17th Bahrain International Book Fair   -  
Bahrain International Book Fair features many cultural events and has gained a good reputation internationally throughout the past years in line with the atmosphere of openness and freedom established during His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa's prosperous era.

The Bahrain International Bo...

2016-03-29     Alexandrina International Book Fair  -  
Alexandrina International Book Fair will be held from March 21st to April 3rd 2016 at Bibliotheca Alexandrina, city of Alexandrina, Egypt. It is the 12th book fair since 2004, in cooperation with both the Bibliotheca Alexandrina and the Egyptian Publishers Association.

For intellectuals in the c...

2016-03-24     Making Use of Tablets to Develop Good Reading Habits  -  
In Bangladesh, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded children's READ program have started a reading education program using tablets in corporation with Beyond Access, which offers early-grade reading services to children and parents.

There are over 5,200 public li...

2016-03-22     Leipzig Book Fair 2016  -  
The annual Leipzig Book Fair 2016 is going to be held during March 17th to March 20th at Leipziger Messe, Germany. Leipzig is a city famous for publishing and printing and it also has over 500 years history of trade fairs. Last year, 2263 publishers from over 40 countries were there to exhibit, whil...

2016-03-17     “Kakuyomu”, a novel posting site run by a publisher.  -  
On February 29, KADOKAWA DWANGO CORPORATION (KADOKAWA)and Hatena Co., Ltd launched “Kakuyomu”, a site for posting novels. There are already some similar novel posting sites in Japan, but the main feature of Kakuyomu is that a big publisher in Japan runs the site. KADOKAWA has developed not only publ...

2016-03-15     Innovation for the existing publishing distribution: Seikosha’s activity   -  
A bookstore in Kyoto which opened in late November 2015 has attracted public attention. The bookstore’s name is Seikosha. It is a small bookstore whose floor space is less than 66 square meters. This bookstore doesn’t make agreements with publishing agencies, and stocks up on books from publication ...

2016-03-09     The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature 2016  -  
The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature 2016 will be held in Dubai, UAE., where the most famous writers from all over the world will gather starting from the 1st of March for the following 12 days.

The Festival has continued to evolve since its inception in 2009 and it became established as ...

2016-03-07     Baltic Book Fair 2016  -  
Baltic Book Fair 2016 will be held at the Riga International Exhibition Center in Latvia from February 26th to February 28th.With the aim of invigorating publishing activities in all three Baltic States, the first Baltic book fair was organized in 1995. In 1997, Riga Book Fair was established, and i...

2016-03-03     Publishers’ Bankruptcy Increasing in Japan  -  
The number of Japanese publishing companies going bankrupt have gradually increased over the past two years according to an announcement made on the 3rd of February by Tokyo Shoko Research Ltd.
38 publishing companies went bankrupt last year, which is the 4th smallest number seen during the 20 yea...

2016-03-01     “the revival” of out-of-print or out-of-stock books  -  
The declining rate of print press sales were at the highest figure seen in 2015, and the word “publishing nightmare” is now being used to describe this newfound reality.Each publisher is desperate to produce sellable books and content to defuse the situation. That is where the spotlight turns to the...

2016-02-25     Google Officially Opens “Editions at Play” Store Purely for Web browser  -  
According to the “The Bookseller”, Google (California, USA) has now officially opened its first of a kind web browser based content that is only for the e-book shop “Editions at Play”. This store is being managed by Visual Edition (London, UK), and the books are not meant to be printed out, only rea...

2016-02-23     Never-Before-Seen Fairy Tale written by "Peter Rabbit" Discovered!  -  
A never-before-seen fairy tale written by Beatrix potter in 1914 was discovered.Potter is best known as the author of the "Tale of Peter Rabbit".Penguin Random House, one of the most famous publishers in the UK announced that they would publish the fairy tale next September.

The title of this nev...

2016-02-18     2016 Taipei International Book Exhibition   -  
The 2016 Taipei International Book Exhibition (TIBE) will be held from February 16th (Tuesday) to the 21st (Monday) at the Taipei World Trade Center in Taiwan. General books, digital, animation/manga/light novel, literature and art will be in Hall 3 (23.450 square meters), while in Hall 1 (6,748 squ...

2016-02-16     Record largest attrition rate of print press sales in Japan  -  
On January 25, The Research Institute for Publications, which conducts survey research on the publishing business in Japan, announced estimated sales of paper based publication volume for Japan in 2015 was 1.522 trillion yen.The estimated turnover of print publications in Japan decreased compared to...

2016-02-11     Enhanced Features for “SmartMenu” Restaurant Menu Translation Service  -  
In the past few years, the numbers of tourists visiting Japan has increased. According to Japan Travelers Bureau Corporation, the numbers of visitors in 2016 is estimated to be 23.5 million people, which is a 19 percent increase compared to the previous year. This will be a record high. To support s...

2016-02-09     Invitation to The 47th Cairo International Book Fair  -  
The 47th Cairo International Book Fair is set to open from January 27th to February 10th at Cairo International Convention Center, Nasr City.The Cairo International Book Fair is the largest book fair in the Arab world, as well as the oldest. In addition, the number of visitors there was the second l...

2016-02-04     New wave of translation! The world’s first human powered translation application is here!  -  
In today’s world, economic activities have spread to global proportions; every corporate activity, product, and service requires translation into other languages. However, the accuracy of machine translation services like Google translate that people can easily use is still imperfect, because text i...

2016-02-02     LogBar Unveiled Wearable Device which resembles Doraemon’s Tool  -  
Silicon Valley- / Tokyo-based startup LogBar, has unveiled a new product called ‘iLi‘ at CES 2016 which was held in Las Vegas from the 6th to the 9th of January. It received the “Honoree” award, in the Wearable Device category.
The device can be worn around your neck, and has a built-in engine for...

2016-01-28     James Patterson Fund saves the independent book store  -  
Boxing Day of last year, December 26th, which falls on one of the biggest sales days of the year, saw flooding occur in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, of the United Kingdom. Sever damage was felt throughout the city, and a popular bookstore that had been around for over 30 years, “The Book Case“, wa...

2016-01-26     67 Year-old Former University Professor Publishes Meteorite Commentary as Current Art Student.  -  
Mr. Junichi Matsuda, a student of Tokyo University of the Arts, published a book about the universe and meteorites, “Cosmic planetary science known as meteorites” (Osaka Daigaku Shuppankai).
It is surprising that an undergraduate student published a book, but more surprisingly, he is the former uni...

2016-01-21     Public Libraries Utilize e-Book System to Facilitate Access  -  
The American Library Association will be holding its Midwinter meeting this year in Boston starting from the 8th of January and going on until the 12th of January. Public libraries in the US have been licensed by major publishers for full catalogues of e-Books, which can be read by library patrons. ...

2016-01-19     A Happy New Year from Books and Rights Marketplace!  -  
We would like to express our sincere gratitude for your continuous interest and support to our business last year. Through our weekly press release, we wish to introduce more authors and their great books to our network of Japanese publishers.

It is our hope that more independent authors will jo...

2016-01-14     Books & Rights Marketplace appreciates your continued interest.  -  
There are only a few days left in 2015, and we would like to express our gratitude to all of our readers for your continued support and cooperation this year.

This site was created to bring good books from Japan and the world to our readers, along with delivering news to publishers and agents al...

2016-01-12     Paper Books in US Sales Growth, A key player is Picture coloring books!   -  
In October, a Pew Research Center study found that the number of Americans buying and using e-reading devices like Kindle decreased compared to last year. Even with the e-Books trend fading, we are seeing some evidence of paper book sales increasing in the US market.

According to data from Niels...

2016-01-07     Hand-made Christmas! Mr. Katsu Kiuchi’s craftworks are on display at Bible House Minami-Aoyama.  -  
Now is the season when the illumination of the street sparkles brighter and you see lovers walking hand in hand along the streets. Meanwhile, a fair where one can celebrate a Christmas full of hand-made crafts is taking place at Minami Aoyama, the forefront of trends seen in Japan.

At “Bible Hous...

2016-01-07     Wild Thing Christmas Tree made appearance in New York  -  
Original drawings of 1964 Caldecott medal winning picture book, "Where the Wild Things Are" and many other illustrations by Maurice Sendak appeared at the world’s largest auction company, the Sotheby’s New York Gallery, including a drawing of Wild Thing Moiche Christmas decoration by two little chil...

2016-01-04     A story about the revival of a small bookstore:"Jinbo-cho Nyankodo"  -  
Kanda Jinbo-cho, Tokyo, which is famous for the largest antiquarian bookstore area in the world. The recessionary wave seen through the publishing sector is flooding into this area where 200 bookstores are located.Even so, a small bookstore in this Kanda Jinbo-cho has become popular.Surprisingly, th...

2015-12-31     Exhibitor’s application open for TIFB, September 2016   -  
Reed Exhibition Japan Co., an exhibition planning company based in Shinjuku Tokyo, opened up application for next years’ Tokyo International Book Fair (“TIBF”). The 23rd TIBF is at large changing its target to public readers and is expected to bring appeal to its potential unique selection of books....

2015-12-31     Launch sales of picture books in wholesale website ”SUPER DELIVERY”! Expectation of expanding to a new sales channel of publishers  -  
Kaisei-Sha and Holp Shuppan publishing, launched sales of their picture books for retail shops on “SUPER DELIVERY”, a wholesale website run by Raccoon Co., Ltd.
Until now, the publishing industry has published books via bookstores. But their sales have floundered year-by-year due to the publis...

2015-12-24     JMA aims to wipe out copyright thieves  -  
As for its first overseas ’ shop, Animate Co., the largest Japanese anime, comics and games good retailer is planned to open in Bangkok sometime around the end of this year to spring 2016. This September, there was an announcement that the company has established the Japan Manga Alliance (“JM...

2015-12-22     Like DORAEMON’s gadget? A megaphone-type translator introduced at Narita Airport  -  
NARITA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT CORPORATION(NAA), which runs Narita International Airport in Japan, has put in place a megaphone-type translator to be used in Narita airport this December, which is the first ever to be implemented in the world.

Panasonic is in charge of developing this device, whose...

2015-12-18     A summary of the contents distribution service of overseas books by Flier Inc. in Japan.  -  
Flier Inc. [ATokyo, Japan] announced that they started offering a summary of a contents distribution service of overseas books on October 22nd, Japan time.

According to their press release, they have had several requests from their users about the distribution of summary contents of overseas book...

2015-12-18     Research on Digital Content Borrowing in the U.S.  -  
In the U.S. 82% of public libraries carry e-books and 95% in-school libraries, unlike Japanese libraries, which recently reported carrying as low as 1% according to the Japan Digital Library Service.

In the U.S. where there are plenty of e-books ready to be borrowed by library patrons, the Book I...

2015-12-14     YouTube implements three new multi-lingual translation functions  -  
On November 20, YouTube under Alphabet Inc, the holding company of GOOGL.O, started to provide new tools for video creators that they can translate their movie titles or descriptive text into multiple languages. These new tools enable them to have the titles or explanatory texts displayed on YouTube...

2015-12-10     This year’s Nobel Prize winning Japanese translated book hard to obtain  -  
The winning novelist of the Nobel Prize in Literature this year was a lady from Belarus, Svetlana Alexandrovna Alexievich(67).

A publisher, GUNZOSHA Publishing Co., which specializes in Russian Literature (Yokohama prefecture, Japan), was the initial publisher of the Japanese translation of her ...

2015-12-04     Nielsen Books survey shows 50% of consumers would choose ebooks over printed books if the savings were $2-3  -  
From the Frankfurt Book Fair 2015 Conference held last month, the US publishing industry quarterly magazine “Book Business” reports a summary of figures and facts which Nielsen Books shared at the seminar. According to a consumer survey, almost 50% of respondents said they’d choose ebooks over print...

2015-12-02     DOCOMO launched a free trial service of Handwriting Translation “Tegaki Hon’yakuTM” at Haneda airport.  -  
NTT DOCOMO announced that they launched a free trial service of Tegaki Hon’yaku, a translation service that allows any Google Play userTM to communicate by using either character handwriting or illustration as of September 9, 2015.

Tegaki Hon’yaku can convert handwriting that is in English, Frenc...

2015-11-27     The new Arabian Translation Award announced at the Sharjah International Book Fair  -  
The 34th Sharjah International Book Fair started on Nov. 4 in Emirate of Sharjah, which is one of the states of the United Arab Emirates. This year, the purpose is to discuss business with Arab publishers, thus 200 international delegates were flown in. Attended by 1,547 publishers from 69 countries...

2015-11-26     Big-name YouTube stars expands into the publishing business   -  
Publishing industry officials who try to stir up new sales seem to dedicate their resources to YouTube stars, who have unparalleled influence on social media.

The No. 1 YouTube star on the Forbes’s list of “highest-paid YouTube stars” is PewDiePie in Sweden. Surprisingly, his annual income reach...

2015-11-20     Translated books seeing a world wide boom in 2015  -  
Translation of Marie Kondo’s book, “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up” which was originally written in Japanese, has truly became a global phenomenon this year, being sold in 25 countries world wide, it is the #1 best seller in the New York Times. In fact, there is another Japanese originated tr...

2015-11-17     The 34th Istanbul Book Fair takes place  -  
The 34th Istanbul International Book Fair is being held from November 7th to November 15th at the TÜYAP Fair and Convention Center, in the west of Istanbul.

According to the press release by TÜYAP Fairs, the organizer of Istanbul International Book Fair, this year’s theme for the Istanbul Book Fa...

2015-11-12     Solid sales growth of Japanese Manga in North America  -  
ICv2, the company reporting the latest information about pop culture business industry in the USA, reported that the amount of Manga sales has increased solidly.

On October 8th, ICv2 CEO Milton Griepp presented the ICv2 White Paper at New York Comic Con 2015. When he talked about the latest trend...

2015-11-12     A quarter of the total Japanese population has read an eBook in the past year  -  
Rakuten Research, the largest Japanese marketing research company in the Internet industry has randomly selected 1,000 men and women aged 20 to 69 from a pool of 2.3 million registered subjects, in order to complete a survey conducted earlier this month.The result has been released on October 21, 20...

2015-11-05     E-book sales weakening in the US  -  
E-book sales are shrinking in the US. according to the Association of American Publishers, the revenue of e-books trade declined by 10.3% compared to the same period in 2014. AAP tracks sales data from more than 1200 participating publishers.

The majority of e-books year-over-year decline has co...

2015-11-03     J.K.Rowling released enhanced editions of all seven books of her Harry Potter series on iBooks for iPhone, iPad & iPod touch  -  
Pottermore.com, the e-book publisher of J.K.Rowling, announced that Enhanced Edition of all seven books in her Harry Potter series are now released exclusively on the iBooks StoreSM, the official application of Apple ® on October 8th, local time.

Until now, the e-book edition of the Harry Potter ...

2015-10-29     More than 300 municipalities without a bookstore, now a bookstore needs uniqueness  -  
According to a study done by the Japan Book Publishing Association, there are 332 municipalities in Japan where there is not even a single bookstore in the area. It means that one in 5 municipalities is a “no-bookstore” municipality.

Rural areas in Japan especially contain more “no-bookstore” mun...

2015-10-27     Frankfurt Book Fair, the world's largest trade fair for books take place   -  
67th Frankfurt Book Fair, the world's largest trade fair for books will take place from October 14th to 18th this year. For the course of five days, more than 7100 exhibitors from over 100 countries, and more than 270,000 visitors will participate. The Frankfurt Book Fair is the largest fair in term...

2015-10-22     Amazon offers its Prime Members The Washington Post for free  -  
Amazon.com has announced that it is offering free Washington Post subscriptions for six months to members of Amazon Prime, which is a paid membership service whose benefits include FREE Two-Day Shipping, and unlimited streaming of TV shows. After the six-month free period expires, it turns into a pe...

2015-10-22     New York Comic Con  -  
This year marks the 10th anniversary for New York Comic Con, which takes place at Jacob Javits Convention Center in NYC from Oct. 8th to the 11th.

Comic Con is a convention for pop-culture, including comics, movies, SF, and animation. It is similar to "Comic Market" in Japan, which is a Doujinshi...

2015-10-15     A Fashion-themed Hackathon, organized by magazine publishers  -  
4 magazine publishers organized a Fashion-themed Hackathon Event called "The Fashion Hack Tokyo", which took place on August 29th and August 30th, aiming to create new ways of enjoying magazines.

Hackathon is an event where people work together and develop a software or a service within a certai...

2015-10-06     Increase in foreign students staying in Japan for jobs   -  
There is a growing trend of foreign students who stay in Japan to work after finishing their undergraduate, or master degrees. According to the study by the Ministry of Justice, for those foreign students with a student visa applying for a change of status of residency, the number of permits given t...

2015-09-29     20 years of Amazon.com  -  
This year marks its 20th year since Amazon.com opened its virtual doors to its online bookstore in 1995.
According to Publishers Weekly, Amazon’s annual sales is now very close to hit $ 100 billion, but the first year, Amazon posted annual revenue of $510000. It grew rapidly, and by 1999 annual sa...

2015-09-29     Joint Venture by Major Japanese publishers, trying to publicize Manga and Anime abroad  -  
As the popularity of Japanese Anime and Manga is growing, 4 major Japanese publishers and Animate, a company selling anime-related products, have gathered to establish a joint venture. It aims to publicize Japanese manga and anime abroad, and also promote measures against piracies.
 
The new joint...

2015-09-22     Manila International Book Fair  -  
The 36th annual Manila International Book Fair (MIBF) will be held from September 16th to 20th at SMX Convention Center. The MIBF is the biggest book event in the Philippines. It’s aim is to get people to read more. Visitors are able to purchase a variety of books from bestseller novels to academics...

2015-09-17     Lawson and MUJI expand book sales  -  
It is said that the environment surrounding bookstores in towns has been severe due to the recession in the publishing business. However, some retailers that are not specialized in selling books have announced to expand their book sales.

Lawson, one of the big convenience store chains in Japan, a...

2015-09-15     US publisher asking for donations to promote Barefoot Gen among US schools  -  
Barefoot Gen is a comic book about a boy who lived through an atomic bomb explosion in Hiroshima, and survived through the chaos after World War 2. It started as a popular comic series in a weekly comic magazine in 1973 and had become a best seller. Now this comic has been translated into more than ...

2015-09-11     Amazon changed the way they pay to self-publishing authors  -  
In the US, Amazon.com has become a platform for Self-publishing authors to release their works. Starting this July, Amazon changed its way to pay royalties to those self-publishing authors, and it has become a hot topic whether it is good or bad for the authors.

Amazon started to pay some authors...

2015-09-09     Increasing popularity of reading on smartphone  -  
E-books have become widely used around the world. In the beginning, it was expected that the E-book reader is the main device to read e-books with, but it seems that it is moving in the direction differs from expectations.

US newspaper Wall Street Journal reports about how people read e-books on ...

2015-09-04     22th Beijing International Book Fair  -  
The 22th Beijing International Book Fair (BIBF) will be held from August 26th to 31th in Beijing, China.

BIBF is now the second biggest publishing event in the world, following Frankfurt International Book Fair according to BIBF's website. 90% of Chinese publishers participate as well as other m...

2015-09-04     Microsoft released translator app  -  
As many companies enter into the competitive translation application market, there is another company that just released one recently. It is Microsoft. It has published a new app called “Microsoft Translator”. It is available for smartphone and tablet, as well as smart watch such as Apple Watch.

...

2015-09-04     Kodansha is expanding digital Manga distribution overseas  -  
Japanese Manga has been increasing its popularity outside of Japan. Many events focusing on Manga take place all over the world. In order to accelerate the development of overseas Manga markets, one of the Japanese publishers, Kodansha, is expanding digital manga distribution business outside of Jap...

2015-08-26     “Sleep in bookstore”, new hostel is scheduled to open in Tokyo  -  
Reading before bedtime is most likely a habit of many people. The perfect accommodation is slated to open for those folks. A new hostel with the concept of "bookstore you can sleep in “called "BOOK AND BED TOKYO" is scheduled to open at the end of September. It is located a one minute walk from the ...

2015-08-23     Rakuten starts Print-On-Demand Service  -  
Print-On-Demand (POD) service allows service providers to print and bind books starting from one copy as needed by utilizing a digital printer. Since there is no need to have inventory due to the nature of POD, they can reduce cost and labor of managing inventory. It seems that POD service is gradua...

2015-08-19     Newest development of machine translation, NTT DoCoMo handwriting translation app   -  
In Japan, the number of foreign tourists are expected to surge for the Tokyo Olympic Games and the Paralympic Games, which will take place in 2020. To deal with this matter, more attention is paid on the development of machine translation systems.

NTT Docomo has just announced they have develope...

2015-08-14     Growing popularity of Self-publishing Machine  -  
Espresso Book Machine is a book-producing machine, developed by the US Company called On Demand Books. The machine can print and bind a book within 10 minutes, starting from only one copy. It was installed at one of Sanseido bookstores in Japan 5 years ago. However, the kind of books that the machin...

2015-08-11     Consumers move away from print publishing  -  
The revenue from digital publishing, which include e-books, e-magazines and e-newspapers will grow from 41 billion US dollars in 2015 to 74 billion in 2019, according to a forecast by Ovum, a research company in England. People are changing their reading habits and that is the reason behind this tre...

2015-08-08     What books sold well in the first half of 2015 in the US?  -  
In the first half year of 2015, biography/autobiography/memoir and house & home/gardening are the 2 best-selling categories in the US. In the house & home category, unit sales went up by 36% compared to the same period last year. The biggest contributor was The Life-Changing Magic of Tidy Up by Mari...

2015-08-05     A new style of bookstore  -  
In recent years, it has been said that the environment surrounding bookstores has been severe due to declining book sales. However, according to Sankei Shimbun, a new style of bookstore, where they provide a comfortable environment for customers to choose books, not just selling books, is gaining po...

2015-08-02     Popularity of Book Club  -  
It has been said people’s reading time has been decreasing in recent years and the waning interest in books is becoming a serious issue. Contrary to what people believe about the interest in books, lately "Book Clubs" are getting more popular in Japan. Book Club is the gathering of book lovers, dis...

2015-07-28     World largest publishers ranking in 2015  -  
Publishers Weekly and Livre Hebdo have released annual global ranking for publishers.
Pearson maintained its top position as the world’s biggest publisher. However, the emergence of Chinese publishers and M&A have affected this year's top ranking.

Two Chinese publishers made th...

2015-07-27     Hong Kong Book Fair   -  
The 26th HKTDC Hong Kong Book Fair will be held from July 15-21 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). This year, more than 580 exhibitors from over 30 countries and regions are set to take part. This Book Fair started as just another place to sell books, but it has beco...

2015-07-22     Japanese ebook market, up 35% in 2014  -  
According to Impress Research, the Japanese ebook market continues to grow. Impress Research has recently compiled a study regarding the Japanese ebook market. The study was done by analyzing surveys given to ebook professionals such as telecom carriers, publishers and ebook users.

The st...

2015-07-17     Companies accelerate efforts to develop automatic translation machines  -  
More and more foreign tourists are expected to visit Japan for the Olympics in Tokyo in 2020. In order to accommodate these increasing visitors, many companies are accelerating their efforts to research and develop automatic translation systems.

Panasonic and JTB are partnering ...

2015-07-15     Demand for Translation jobs increase in the US  -  
In the US where many immigrants reside, there are many people who speak more than 2 languages, not only English. It is not too rare to meet people who speak 3 or 4 languages. The demand for translators and interpreters is expected to increase in the future.

According to CareerBu...

2015-07-09     Novel sharing website with translation feature  -  
An original fiction sharing website is an online service that allows users to post fictions they write and read fictions posted by other users. Several best-selling fictions came out from these services. One of the new services called Taskey is getting popular because of its unique feature....

2015-07-08     The 22nd Tokyo International Bookfair  -  
The 22nd annual Tokyo International Bookfair will be held at Tokyo Big Sight from July 1st to 4th. 420 exhibitors from more than 20 countries will participate and over 70000 people are expected to visit.

During TIBF, plenty of symposiums and seminars for publishing professiona...

2015-07-03     Books translated from German are getting popular in Taiwan  -  
It has been said that there is so much interest in foreign cultures and literatures in Taiwan, because of its small land size. In most countries, books written by native authors in their own language have better sales compared to those translated from foreign languages. But in Taiwan, it se...

2015-07-01     Research shows lending ebooks at public libraries would harm the book business  -  
According to the business magazine of the book industry called Bookseller, recent research has concluded lending ebooks at public libraries would not result in purchasing ebooks.

The study was commissioned by the Publishers Association and the Society of Chief Librarians and too...

2015-06-26     Amazon Japan, started to offer Book Buyback service  -  
The Internet retailor, Amazon.com has been impacting the publishing industry. Its Japanese subsidiary, Amazon Japan has started a new service called "Amazon Book Buy Back service". Users can apply for the service online and products will be picked up from their home. The service is expected...

2015-06-23     What concerns does the publishing industry have with regard to digital strategies?   -  
The environment surrounding the publishing industry has been changing rapidly because of the digital evolution. With the emergence of ebooks, the way people enjoy and purchase books is shifting from paper to digital. The publishing industry needs to change itself in order to correspond to t...

2015-06-20     Amazon launched Kindle for Kids Bundle  -  
Amazon.com has launched a package of Kindle products targeting families with young children called "Kindle for Kids Bundle". Amazon's aim is to introduce the product at the end of the school year when parents want their kids to continue reading during the summer.
This new package ...

2015-06-17     Adult coloring book craze in Europe and the U.S.  -  
There is a surge in the popularity for coloring books targeting adults in Europe and the U.S. By engaging in coloring, people can expect therapeutic effects that lead to stress relief.
Johanna Basford, an illustrator from Scotland, triggered the boom with her book “Secret Garden”. I...

2015-06-12     The world capital of bookstores  -  
The publishing industry is having a tough time these days due to internet retailers with which people can easily buy books, and also the existence of ebooks. Of course, the same thing applies to bookstores. In Japan, it has been said that the number of bookstores has decreased over the last ...

2015-06-10     Skype introduced Skype Translator, a real-time interpretation function  -  
Microsoft Corp's Internet phone service, Skype has launched voice interpreter features called “Skype Translator”. Skype Translator is a feature that can translate languages almost in real time and output in sound. Just like talking through a simultaneous interpreter, people can have conver...

2015-06-05     Future of the Chinese ebook market  -  
After a decade of high growth, the Chinese economy seems to be slowing down. Well, how about the ebook market? Publishing Perspectives, the news site targeting the publishing industry, ran an interview with the Chairman of ChineseAll, a digital contents technology company in China.
In...

2015-06-03     Bookexpo America 2015  -  
The largest book trade show in North America, Book Expo America will be held at Javits Center in New York City from May 27th to 29th.
BEA is a place for book rights negotiation, but its main focus is on the side of regular readers, where authors can interact with their fans and showcase their...

2015-06-03     Amazon launched Kindle for Kids Bundle  -  
Amazon.com has launched a package of Kindle products targeting families with young children called "Kindle for Kids Bundle". Amazons aim is to introduce the product at the end of the school year when parents want their kids to continue reading during the summer.
This new package...

2015-05-28     European Ebooks Market, a step forward to be unified  -  
The European Union is the world’s largest economic entity where 28 countries participate. It is unified single market where workers, products, and capital can move freely within the territory and a common currency was introduced. However, when it comes to e-books market, the EU is far from unifie...

2015-05-28     Amazon Japan Launches new service for publishing short stories  -  
Some of the advantages of ebooks include the convenience of taking care of them, there is no need to worry about running out of stock, or not having enough space to keep them. A new service which utilizes these advantages of ebooks has just been launched.
Amazon Japan has started new service ...

2015-05-21     International Book fairs held in May  -  
In May, there will be an array of book fairs organized all over the world.
The 25th Abu Dhabi International Book Fair will be held from May 7 to May 13. It is focusing on the professional and commercial development of the regional publishing industry, and becoming the hub for Arab bookse...

2015-05-19     Use of ebook increases for both free and paid contents  -  
Ebooks are now widely used. Many companies provide various ebooks and ebook-related services which are getting more and more recognition.
According to ITMedia, a research conducted by MD Institute,“Survey on e-books and paper books – March 2015" revealed that 42.8% of respondents said that they ...

2015-05-16     Use of translation jobs through crowdsourcing services expands  -  
In the translation industry, use of crowdsourcing, which is outsourcing jobs to the general public via the Internet, is growing. People who accept jobs can work anytime anywhere, and people who place an order can curb costs. These are the reasons for its popularity.
In response to...

2015-05-12     The first bookstore for self-published authors opened in the US  -  
More people are engaged in self-publishing these days in the US, but a lack of presenting their works to the public is one of the universal problems for indie authors. A new bookstore that mainly sells books by indie authors has just opened in Florida.
The new store Gulf Coast Bookstore, whi...

2015-05-08     The First Best Translation Award announcing tis winners  -  
Let's cast spotlights on the works of translators!
"The Best Translation Award" is newly created "award for translators by translators", which was founded by one of the Japanese translators, Mr Ken Nishizaki. This closely watched Award, partially because it has launched its fundraising camp...

2015-05-05     HarperCollins enters Japanese market  -  
HarperCollins Publishers announced the formation of HarperCollins Japan as well as several subsidiaries in Europe, expanding foreign language publication programs in those markets. Each market will publish a list of 30 to 50 HarperCollins books starting in Fall 2015. It is the first time for Harper...

2015-05-01     Founding Japan Audiobook Association  -  
16 companies including Shogakukan, Kodansha, Shinchosha and KADOKAWA have announced the recent establishment of the Japan Audiobook Association which aims to promote audio books in Japan. The collective goal of the participating companies is to work together in order to develop a successful market...

2015-04-29     Bankruptcies of publishers rose by 50% in 2014  -  
Bankruptcies of publishing companies have increased in Japan. The business environment surrounding the publishing industry is growing in severity because of various changes such as the change of composition of book purchasers due to the aging population, combined with a small child population, and t...

2015-04-28     New ebook services to fill spare your spare time  -  
An increasing number of ebook services are starting to target "sukima jikan ( spare time)", meaning a very short amount of time in your schedule for example when you are traveling to a next meeting, or the time in between your appointments.
Nikkei BP has just issued a new lebook series calle...

2015-04-24     London Book Fair  -  
The 44th annual London Book Fair will be held from April 14th to 16th. It is one of the biggest book fairs in the world, along with Frankfurt held in October. Over 25,000 professionals in publishing industry from more than 60 countries are expected to participate.This year, the venue has moved to Ol...

2015-04-24     Dai Nippon Printing partnered with Kinokuniya, setting up a joint venture  -  
Dai Nippon Printing and a Japanese mega-bookstore Kinokuniya announced that they would establish a joint venture. Dai Nippon Printing operates bookstore chains such as Maruzen and Junkudo. As overseas e-commerce operators such as Amazon.com has increased its presence in Japan, those two companies,...

2015-04-24     Japan digital library services, full-scale operation has just begun  -  
There was news recently that Rakuten was buying a U.S. company which provides ebook rental services to libraries, but there has also been another development the same field.
A joint venture company, called "Japan digital library service (abbreviation: JDSL)”, which was established by KADOKAWA, Koda...

2015-04-24     Rakuten buys eBook Rental firm OverDrive  -  
Rakuten has announced that has acquired OverDrive Holdings, one of the largest ebook rental service providers to libraries. The price tag for the deal is estimated at US $410 million. OverDrive, who already has partnerships with publishers, provides ebooks for rental to libraries. OverDrive and Raku...

2015-04-08     US publishers show solid sales in 2014  -  
In the US, sales of books including e-books keep growing. Net sales across U.S. publishers were $ 15.7 billion in 2014, up 4.9 percent compared to 2013, according to the Association of American Publishers. Much of last year’s sales growth contributed to gains in Children & Young Adult and PreK-12 ed...

2015-04-08     The Bologna Children’s Book Fair  -  
The Bologna Children’s Book Fair will take place in the northern Italian city of Bologna. This year, the book fair will be held from March 30 to April 2.

This annual book fair is the most important international event targeting professionals in the children's publishing industry. Authors, illust...

2015-04-08     The biggest French book fair, “Salon du livre du Paris”   -  
The biggest book fair in France, “Salon du livre du Paris”, will be held from March 20st to the 23th at Porte de Versailles, which is located in the south of Paris. Not only professionals from publishing industry but also general book lovers gather here. This is one of the many leading annual intern...

2015-04-03     A French manufacturer will develop solar powered e-readers  -  
Unlike smart phones and tablets, where the competition is fierce, the pace of developing new technology for e-readers is comparatively slow. However, French e-reader manufacturer, Bookeen has just announced to develop a new solar powering e-readers.
The new e-reader will use unique technology so th...

2015-04-03     Barnes & Noble Spins Off Its College Books Unit  -  
 Barnes & Noble Inc, the bookstore chain struggling with sales, announced that it would spin off its education unit which comprises of a college bookstore business, and make it an independent company. The business currently operates 714 stores on college campuses in 42 states in the U.S., and also s...

2015-03-19     Leipzig Book Fair  -  
An annual book fair 'Leipzig buchmesse" will take place from Mar. 12 to 15 in Leipzig, Germany, which is known to be a city with the long history of publishing The fair is known as a place where authors, publishers and general readers get together and interact. In 2014, more than 23, 0000 people vi...

2015-03-18     Revival of Complete Works  -  
Complete works now being recognized once again in the Japanese publishing industry. Complete works used to be stars in the publishing business, but publications of complete works have decreased more and more since the 1990s. As the publishing business was hard hit by the depression, it has become ve...

2015-03-13     Free electronic version offered with purchase of selected magazines  -  
As paper publishing continues to shrink in Japan, a new service from Tsutaya, a nationwide chain of video rental shops and bookstores, is getting attention. The new service means that a free electronic version is also offered when you purchase elected magazines. The service was started in December 2...

2015-03-13     Unlimited eBook Subscription for Children Gains Popularity  -  
Unlimited eBook subscription services are becoming more popular, especially in the categories of manga and magazines. Similar services targeting children are also gaining traction.
I-Freek Mobile, a company that provides an app which gives an unlimited access to 340 picture eBooks for a flat-fe...

2015-03-13     The latest on Japanese publishing market―― Paperbacks continue to shrink  -  
According to a survey targeting both male and female in the 20 – 40 age range, conducted by Hybrid bookshop ‘Honto’, about half of men and women answered that they read more than one book a month, meaning, the remaining half do not read at all. If that is the case, how does Japan’s domestic publicat...

2015-03-03     ‘Manga Translation Battle vol.3 ‘Award Ceremony and Symposium  -  
Award ceremony for the annual manga translation contest ‘Manga Translation Battle vol.3’ and the symposium and will take place at Roppongi Hills Mori Tower Academy hills on Feb. 24. This year marks the third year that the contest aims to foster excellent Japanese-English translators, who are essenti...

2015-02-28     E-book lending at Library--Trend outside of Japan  -  
There are increasing number of Japanese public libraries that started to lend e-books. What is the situation outside of Japan?
  According to Good e-Reader Blog, 95% of all US libraries have an e-book collection in 2014. That’s up from 89% in both 2013 and 2012, when it seemed that adoption had pla...

2015-02-28     Facebook CEO launches Book Club  -  
Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg started a Book Club at the beginning of this year which has been attracting attention. Every year Mr. Zuckerberg sets himself a challenge to broaden his perspective. He asked his Facebook followers for suggestions as to what would be a good challenge for 2015, and recei...

2015-02-28     Art Gallery Opens At Babel’s Tokyo Office  -  
An art gallery has opened on the corner of Babel Tokyo office! It aims to increase opportunities for people to come in contact with arts and designs from all over the world. For the first exhibition, the art works of a Japanese-style painter, Ms. Masae Ota, are displayed. Ms. Ota’s works are wonderf...

2015-02-28     New Delhi World Book Fair  -  
New Delhi World Book Fair (NDWBF) will be held from Saturday, Feb. 14 through Sunday, Feb. 22 at Pragati Meidan in the Indian capital, New Delhi. This year marks its 23rd and the oldest book fair in India. In 2014, it has attracted more than 1200 exhibitors from India and all over the world on 34000...

2015-02-17     Taipei International Book Exhibition   -  
TIBE--Taipei International Book Exhibition--will take place for 6 days starting Feb. 11 at Taipei World Trade Center. This annual international book fair is one of the biggest in Asia, attracting publishers, editors, distributors from over 60 countries.

TIBE has announced that it will admit visit...

2015-02-12     Apple close to catching up with Amazon  -  
Amazon.com seemed to have secured the leading position among e-book platforms with its e-book reading device “Kindle,” but Apple, despite of its late entry into the market, is catching up. Apple adds one million new customers every week to iBooks, its e-book business, says iBooks director Keith Moer...

2015-02-05     Latest on machine translation  -  
Google has just released two new features for its mobile app "Google Translate". First is instant translation of foreign words found in images taken by cameras. The way it works is simple. Open the app on your device, tap the camera icon and capture any image that contain foreign words, such as men...

2015-02-04     Publishing Through Crowdfunding, a Growing Trend  -  
Crowdfunding seems to have become an established method of financing just about anything these days, and the use for book-publishing is no exception. Crowdfunding works as follows: an individual or a small business owner with ideas for a product or service makes a presentation, then the general publ...

2015-01-30     Young Adult fiction Novels proven to be popular as ever  -  
In US, the sale of Young Adult (YA) fiction novels continues strong. YA is the genre that targets teenagers through early twenties. Research firm Nielsen has released its annual top-selling book list for 2014 in US; 8 out of top 10 were YA fictions. Many of the books in the ranking were made into mo...

2015-01-30     New Year's Greetings from BRM  -  
A Happy New Year!
We hope you are ringing in the new year with happiness and joy.

Thank you for your interest in our weekly press release last year. We will continue to discover and introduce more authors and their great books to our network of Japanese publishers.

Independent authors, we...

2015-01-30     Best wishes for 2015  -  
Thank you so much for your interest in the Books & Rights Marketplace, as always.
There are only a few days left in 2014, and we would like to express our gratitude to all of our readers for your continued support and cooperation this year.
We intended to run this site for our readers who are wo...

2015-01-30     No more troubles for Christmas gifts  -  
The Republic of Iceland, which is a small island country in Northern Europe, consists of land the same size as Hokkaido and Shikoku in Japan, and its population is around 320,000. It is said that Iceland produces the most books per capita in the world. The average print run is 2,000 copies for a com...

2015-01-16     A translation award established by translators  -  
It is because of translators’ hard work that people can enjoy foreign language books in Japanese, and it also spreads the recognition of Japanese authors overseas. Unfortunately, however, translators do not receive enough credit for their contributions. One translator wanted to change this, and he t...

2015-01-16     Children can read overseas picture books every month  -  
The Japanese publishing market is getting smaller, but the market of children’s books, which has a good effect on children’s education, has been stable. The market for children’s education and related services have continued growing. Children also have had a better chance to learn foreign languages ...

2015-01-01     More people can enjoy reading with large print books  -  
Large print books, in which the words are 2-3 times bigger than in standard books, are coming into the spotlight. They were originally sold for people with weak eyesight since around 1980, but recently, senior bookworms who are having trouble reading have become more and more interested in these lar...

2014-12-30     The Bible card games attract young people   -  
A new religion-based card game depicting Christ, his disciples, and famed episodes from the Bible in anime style was released in March of this year, and it has become popular among young non-Christians. The sale of 1000 copies of a Christian-themed book is considered a great success in Japan, and th...

2014-12-24     What attracted Japanese to “Frozen”?   -  
Mainichi Simbun and Japan School Library Association have organized a reading survey for school children The result was just announced. The most popular books for 4th to 6th grade girls (10 years old to 12 years old) were “Frozen” which has gained overwhelming popularity for both film and music, and...

2014-12-24     JEPA Digital Publication Award  -  
The Japan Electronic Publishing Association announced the grand prize of the 8th JEPA Digital Publication Award, and the awarding ceremony was recently held. This award began in 2007 in order to promote digital publication in Japan, and to improve technology. This award has been announced at the end...

2014-12-20     Translate and deliver your books to readers all over the world  -  
The number of authors who publish only digital books has sharply increased on a global basis. In order to expand sales, many of them hope to translate their works into other languages. A new site, which arranges “meetings” for authors and translators, was officially launched this summer.

The si...

2014-12-20     Japanese artist's life becomes an animated film  -  
A long animated drama film titled TATSUMI was recently released in Japan. The film follows the career of Japanese manga artist Yoshihiro Tatsumi who invented "gekiga". The film is directed by Eric Khoo, a leading filmmaker in Singapore. In 2011, the film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and was...

2014-12-12     New services by libraries and universities face the Act on the Elimination of Disability Discrimination  -  
The Act on the Elimination of Disability Discrimination was passed by the Japanese Diet in June 2013, and will be executed from April 2016. The Act aims for a society in which all Japanese respect each other’s human rights and individuality regardless of disability, and aims to promote elimination o...

2014-12-04     International Manga Festival 2014  -  
The International Manga Festival 2014, which introduces manga culture around the world, will be held on November 23rd at Tokyo Big Sight. The event started in 2012 with a strong support from 7 countries’ embassies and culture centers, including the United States, France, and Italy. It is also gainin...

2014-12-04     A picture book for adults on the subject of raising children is popular   -  
An English-language poem titled “Today” that was written from a mother’s point of view has received empathy from Japanese mothers. The picture book was published last year, and 15,000 copies have been sold so far. This picture book for adults has been selling briskly.

According to an article i...

2014-12-04     International Book Fair for High-Quality Fiction and Non-Fiction 2014  -  
The 16th International Book Fair for High-Quality Fiction and Non-Fiction will be held from November 26th to the 30that Central House of Artists in Moscow, the capital city of the Russian Federation.
  When the fair was held for the first time, it was a very small event in which only 40 publishers...

2014-11-28     Goal for 2020 – Offer translation services  -  
Since Tokyo was chosen to host the 2020 Summer Olympic Games, the Japanese government has set a target number for international tourists, 20 million by 2020, and has taken various policies to attract them. The number of companies that offer translation services have been increased by using the magic...

2014-11-28     The BBC’s new challenge   -  
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), a public broadcasting station in the UK, is enhancing its movement into Asian countries. Broadcasting styles have changed with the times. What is the BBC going to start now?
  According to an article in NIKKEI, Jim Egan, the CEO of BBC Global news, which ...

2014-11-20     A new online publication by athletes just launched  -  
Derek Jeter, who played for the New York Yankees and retired at the end of this season, started a new business operating a website called The Players’ Tribune. The website offers athletes a place to tell their own stories from their own perspectives without being filtered by reporters.
  Accordin...

2014-11-20     “The Narrow Road to the Deep North” wins the Man Booker Prize   -  
The Man Booker Prize, which is one of the most prestigious literature prizes in the world, is given to the best novel of the year. This year’s winner is an Irish citizen of the United Kingdom, Richard Flanagan, who was born in Tasmania, Australia, for his latest novel, The Narrow Road to the Deep No...

2014-11-18     November Book Fairs  -  
The world's biggest book fair held in Frankfurt, Germany has recently ended, but the best season for reading still continues. We showed you a fair in Indonesia the other day, and now we would like to introduce two book fairs in Europe and America held in November.

The first one is the Dublin Bo...

2014-11-18     Indonesia Book Fair  -  
The 34th annual Indonesia Book Fair will be held at Store Senayan, an indoor sporting arena located in Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia. There will be an air of excitement during the fair, which will be held from November 1st to the 9th.
Indonesia is a multiethnic country composed of a...

2014-11-05     Will the Japanese publishing industry connect to India?  -  
Publishing Next 2014, an annual conference for people who work in the Indian publishing industry that is held in Goa, located in the west coast of India. The conference is organized by a publisher that provides self-publishing services in India, and it has been held every September since 2011. The m...

2014-11-05     Preparations and Measures for Revised Copyright Act   -  
Publication rights, which are intended for paper books, will be expanded to digital books. The Revised Copyright Act will be executed from January 1, 2015, and related organizations are under pursuit for the preparations and measures with just two months left.
According to an article in the Shin...

2014-10-30     Advanced picture books   -  
The more digital books become popular, the more choices readers have. Several more convenient functions have been developed for digital books. This also affects children’s picture books, and many different services have developed creative ideas.

Librodart (Meguro, Tokyo), which provides an Engli...

2014-10-30     October Book Fairs  -  
In Japan, there is an expression called “autumn for reading”, which means that autumn is the best season for reading. Japan may be the only country to use that expression, but book fairs in European countries are held in October, in the middle of autumn. We introduced the Frankfurt (Germany) Book fa...

2014-10-22     Will a Japanese modern author become one of the great authors in the world literature?  -  
Haruki Murakami and Keigo Higashino will be placed at the top of the list of Japanese contemporary authors who are popular in foreign countries. However, there is a Japanese modern literature author who has obtained new readers in the 21st century. The author, who has about 60 works that have been t...

2014-10-22     An alternative to comic cafes and internet cafes – e-book cafes  -  
Cafes where you can enjoy coffee and lunch while you read e-books have been expanding around Tokyo. The e-book market has increased, but research results show that the comic genre occupies 80% of the sales, and there are very few people who read e-book novels and literature works. In order to promot...

2014-10-17     Frankfurt Book Fair 2014  -  
The world biggest book fair, which is held every mid-October at Frankfurt am Main (called Frankfurt), the fifth largest city in Germany, will be held from the 8th to the 12th this year at Messe Frankfurt. Frankfurt is one of the international financial centers, and is the hub of industries and trade...

2014-10-13     Research results on digital device usage and e-book market  -  
The most popular news topics in the publishing world at the moment are about e-books, but actual usage of digital media in Japan has been assessed as “developing”. Also, research results show that the size of the domestic e-book market has been increasing every year.
According to articles in the...

2014-10-13     Digital trend reaches to children’s books – Popularity of digital picture books and usage   -  
Digital books have become widespread, and all genres of books, including novels, magazines, comics and academic books are available nowadays. This trend has also reached to children’s picture books.
According to an article in the IT Media, Dai Nippon Printing (Head Office: Shinjuku, Tokyo) and on...

2014-10-10     Japanese self-help books are becoming popular overseas  -  
A Tokyo-based publisher, Sunmark Publishing, has racked up sales of over 1.5 million copies of a self-help book called “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying” by Marie Kondo. The book is popular overseas, and has been translated into English, Chinese, German and Korean so far. Additionally, the rights ...

2014-10-04     Amazon conflicts against publishers around the world  -  
Amazon is a world-famous online shopping site, operating in 12 countries around the world including USA, Japan, France, Germany, China and India. It is significantly popular for its wide selection and convenience. However, the company has recently conflicted with publishers around the world due to b...

2014-10-04     Do you prefer paper or digital? - Big gaps for fixity and solidity of stories  -  
New research has found that readers using a Kindle were worse at recalling the plot in a story than paperback readers. It is an interesting result in the era of rapid-fire digitization for the reading activity.
According to an article in the Guardian, the research was presented at a conference i...

2014-10-04     Goteborg Book Fair  -  
The biggest book fair of the Nordic countries will be held in Goteborg, the second largest city in Sweden, from September 25th to the 28th. The first fair was held in 1985 and had 5,000 visitors. Since then, it has gained recognition and popularity, and has grown year after year. Over 96,000 visitor...

2014-09-24     Japanese “Light Novels” re-landing in the United States  -  
Yen Press, whose head office is in New York, specializes in translated manga. Along with American giant publisher Hachette, they have launched sales of translated Japanese “light novels”. In the United States publishing world, comics are comics, and novels are novels. Those two genres have clearly ...

2014-09-24     Peace, no-war, nuclear-free world – Translations of “Barefoot Gen” available in 21 languages  -  
“Hadashi no Gen (Barefoot Gen)” is a semi-autobiographical manga by Keiji Nakazawa, who experienced the World War II bombing. The manga describes people and their lives during the turbulent times around World War II through the main character, Gen Nakaoka. Some local communities have recently tried ...

2014-09-24     Haruki Murakami’s newly translated novel and the views of his fans and translator   -  
World-renowned Japanese author Haruki Murakami’s full-length novel “Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage” has been translated into English and recently released. The original work was released last year, and it became a bestseller that sold over a million copies in Japan. It was said...

2014-09-14     The Manila International Book Fair  -  
The 35th annual Manila International Book Fair (MIBF) will be held from September 17th to the 21st at SMX Convention Center. The venue is located in the bayside area, which has undergone large-scale development, and it is close to Mall of Asia, the biggest shopping mall in Asia.

The MIBF is the ...

2014-09-10     The Revised Copyright Act and countermeasures by the publishing world  -  
A proposed amendment to the Copyright Act, which expands publishing rights so that a publisher can exclusively issue the work to digital books, was approved, and went into force at the Upper House plenary session in April. Publishers and related organizations have scrambled for reviews and renewals ...

2014-09-05     Delete pirates — MAG Project is now launched  -  
The MAG (Manga-Anime Guardians) Project, an intensive project focused on deleting illegal copies of Japanese manga and anime, has just been launched. “Piracy isn’t cultivating new talent” – Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and “Manga-Anime Anti-Piracy Committee” which has organized by ...

2014-09-05     Book Fairs held in August  -  
Two international book fairs will be held in late August.
The first event, the San Paulo International Book Biennial, will be held in San Paulo, which is the biggest city in South America, and also the economic and cultural center of Brazil. The venue will be the Anhembi Convention Center, whic...

2014-08-28     JPO and NICT collaborate to improve the accuracy of automated translation  -  
The Japan Patent Office (JPO) and National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) announced that they have agreed to collaborate to improve the accuracy of automated translation systems in response to an increased need for automated translation of foreign patent documents. JPO...

2014-08-28     Translated books at government expense spread Japanese charm to the world  -  
Japan's Abe Cabinet views external affairs as a high-profile issue, and the External Affairs Strategy and Planning Team was organized last year to discuss methods of transmitting information about Japan to the rest of world. As a part of external affairs, the Japanese government has made the decisio...

2014-08-25     Illustrated encyclopedias gain popularity in Japan  -  
Summer holiday is coming soon. In Japan, new illustrated encyclopedias for children have been published. It has been quite a while since reading has been a popular activity for Japanese children, and many are not interested in the natural sciences. The publishing industry business continues to stagn...

2014-08-20     Tate Yoko Project − A new publishing style for translated books   -  
Through a new publishing style called Tate Yoko Project, short stories by Japanese authors regardless of popularity are translated into English, edited, published, and promoted. The project is supported by Sougansha (Head Office is in Tokyo), a new company established this March. Would it be possibl...

2014-08-19     No-charge copyright for Doraemon  -  
Doraemon, a longtime, popular TV cartoon series in Japan, has recently begun airing in the United States. Twenty-six episodes are scheduled to appear on Disney XD, Disney’s children’s channel. Doraemon has been screened in 40 Asian and European countries and regions, but this is the first attempt t...

2014-08-19     Amazon launches new service, Unlimited Reading  -  
Amazon has announced the launch of a new service for their users in the US called Kindle Unlimited through which you can read unlimited e-books for $9.99 a month.
  There have been similar unlimited reading services in the world such as Oyster, Bookpass and yomel.com, but is there any difference be...

2014-08-19     Edinburgh International Book Festival to be held soon  -  
An international book festival will be held in Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland, from August 9th to the 25th. It is one of the annual summer events of the Edinburgh International Festival, which appreciates opera, music, plays and dances performed by the finest creators and performers from th...

2014-08-06     E-book store launched for women by women  -  
SFGate.com, the portal site of The San Francisco Chronicle, a daily newspaper based in San Francisco, has introduced an e-book store that launched at the end of last year. This e-book store, called Shebooks, is operated solely by women who have worked for the publishing industry. How was this e-book...

2014-08-01     Takashi Tachibana was the keynote lecturer at the Tokyo International Book Fair  -  
The 21st annual Tokyo International Book Fair was held from July 2nd to the 5th at Tokyo Big Sight. Over 60,000 visitors participated in the 4 days of the event, and it ended on a good note. This year’s event had many seminars and lectures not only for participants from publishing-related industries...

2014-08-01     “The Ninth Art” -- Bande Dessinée Comes to Japan  -  
France, the third largest Japanese comic consuming country in the world since the late 2000s, has comics called Bande Dessinée (B.D.) and the French have recognized them as “the ninth art". They are also a target of criticism as well as research. From “The Adventure of Tintin” which is one of well-k...

2014-07-24     The National Diet Library is Coming to Your Town  -  
The National Diet Library’s book browsing service began in January 2014. Following the results of the Copyright Act amendment in 2012, the service became available at public and university libraries. It is convenient for people who live far from Tokyo where the Diet Library is located, but how many ...

2014-07-24     Hong Kong Book Fair to be held soon  -  
The 25th annual Hong Kong Book Fair will be held from July 16th to the 22nd at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre. This book fair has been popular year by year, and in 2013, there were 560 exhibitors from 30 countries. The exhibitors are mainly from Hong Kong, Mainland China and Taiwan – c...

2014-07-17     The Tokyo International Book Fair to Come Soon  -  
The 21st annual Tokyo International Book fair will be held from July 2nd to the 5th at Tokyo Big Sight. Five other exhibitions including e-Book Expo and Creator’s Expo will also be held, and many visitors from the publishing industry, booksellers, librarians, the media, advertisers and product devel...

2014-07-15     Who holds the copyright of submitted works for competition?  -  
UNIQLO, a Japanese apparel company, has revised its terms of service for designing your own T-shirt. According to the original terms, the design copyrights would be transferred to UNIQLO without any compensation to the designer. These terms were criticized, and UNIQLO was required to give the copyri...

2014-07-10     Book Hunting at the Tokyo International Book Fair  -  
Kinokuniya, one of the largest bookstore chains in Japan, announced that they will hold a book-hunting event and seminar called “The Power of Books – For the Next Generation” at the Tokyo International Book Fair starting July 2nd.
The word “book-hunting” has been used since the late 2000s. Both l...

2014-07-08     Crowdfunding is establishing a position for raising investments  -  
Crowdfunding -- raising small amounts of money from a large number of individuals, usually through the Internet -- has recently gained recognition. To promote a project, simply set up a profile and specify your goal amount on a crowdfunding website, and then you can ask thousands of potential funder...

2014-07-01     What books are popular among Japanese students?  -  
Can you guess what books are popular among Japanese students who read for 10 minutes in the morning at school? An association called “Reading in the Morning” reported the most popular books chosen by students in the fiscal year of 2013.
  “Reading in the Morning”, an activity to promote reading, wa...

2014-06-30     Japanese Science Fiction is becoming popular in North America  -  
An original Hollywood film novel that received a literary award for
Japanese science fiction may have the potential to become popular in
North America. This American publisher's translation business strategy
was successful.
The Philip K. Dick Award is presented annually in the United States
for...

2014-06-30     JASRAC reports;revenue from overseas copyright royalties have increased  -  
When a company uses, sells or airs music from Japan, they are required to pay copyright royalties. This revenue has increased significantly.
The Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers
(JASRAC) has reported that it has increased 160% since last year.
According to an art...

2014-06-21     Introduction of International Book Fairs in June – Cape Town and Seoul  -  
Two international book fairs will be held in June.

The first, the South African Book Fair, will be held in Cape Town, South Africa from the 13th to the 15th. Once called the Cape Town Book Fair, this event has become the biggest out of the sub-Saharan African countries. There will be many seminar...

2014-06-18     MediaDo has formed a strategic business alliance with OverDrive in the USA  -  
MediaDo, a Japanese digital book distributor and content developer, announced that it has formed a strategic business alliance with OverDrive in the United States. OverDrive is the world's biggest digital library platform provider.

They have been working together since 2012, but this strategic bu...

2014-06-14     Kinokuniya to expand foreign books section to a flagship store in Shinjuku  -  
Kinokuniya Co Ltd, one of Japan's largest bookstore chains, has announced that it will open its newly expanded and refurbished foreign books section in their Shinjuku South Store on May 29th. The section named “Books Kinokuniya Tokyo” will occupy the entire 6th floor at
1,000 square meters.

Acco...

2014-06-14     Asian Festival of Children’s Content 2014 to be held soon  -  
The Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC) 2014 will be held from May 30th to June 4th at the National Library Building in Singapore.
The National Book Development Council of Singapore (NBDCS) is the organizer of the event, which was originally an annual conference for children’s book authors ...

2014-06-07     Will private companies lead the mobile library?  -  
A mobile library, or bookmobile, is a vehicle fitted with bookshelves that isn't much different from other libraries. Mobile libraries are used to provide public library services to small villages and towns without libraries, and they have been used throughout Japan since after World War II.

Howe...

2014-06-04     Interview of Jay Rubin, translator for Haruki Murakami’s works  -  
Almost one month has passed since the compilation of new short stories by Haruki Murakami “Men without Women” was released. 300,000 copies of the first edition were published, and it still holds the number one ranking for newly releases in bookstores. On the day of the release, many Murakami fans we...

2014-06-02     Biggest book fair in English-speaking countries to be held at end of May  -  
Book Expo America (BEA), organized by the American Booksellers Association, will be held from May 29th through the 31st at the Jacob K Javits Center in New York.
 This book fair, which will have over a thousand exhibitors and 700 authors, is the biggest held in English-speaking countries. Publisher...

2014-05-29     Digital picture books can possibly help children develop reading skills  -  
Digital books have expanded past the adult world and into the children's world. We recently see parents giving their children digital reading devices when they are unable to read to them themselves.
 A research team led by Professor Nobuo Masataka at the Primate Research Institute at Kyoto Universi...

2014-05-22     Indonesia to be the guest of honor at Frankfurt Book Fair in 2015  -  
The annual Frankfurt Book Fair, which is held in mid-October, has offered the position of guest of honor for 2015 to Indonesia. This is the first time for Indonesia to be selected, and the Indonesian government has begun preparing for this chance to introduce their culture and literature to the worl...

2014-05-21     Nobel Prize winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez has died  -  
Literary giant and Nobel Prize winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez died on April 17th in Mexico. He was 87. Marquez is known for his works “One Hundred Years of Solitude” and “Love in the Time of Cholera”.
 Marquez, a native of Colombia, was raised by his grandparents who were storytellers. His grandfat...

2014-05-15     The International Library of Children’s Literature displays exhibition collections on website  -  
The International Library of Children’s Literature (ILCL), located in Ueno, Tokyo, recently opened a digital exhibition on their website. The exhibition, titled “Japanese Children’s Literature – A History from the International Library of Children’s Literature Collection”, displays around 220 pieces...

2014-05-13     Why people from all over the world like Natsume’s works  -  
Soseki Natsume passed away in 1916, nearly a century ago. Times have changed, and Japanese people have broader minds. Now, a Japanese giant writer who represents the Meiji and Taisho periods has acquired new readers from all over the world.

According to the article, this year is the 100th anniver...

2014-05-12     World Book and Copyright Day on April 23rd  -  
World Book and Copyright Day is held on April 23rd to promote reading, publishing and copyright protection. It is one of the international days organized by UNESCO, and has been celebrated since 1996.
 In the Catalonia region of Spain, this day is traditionally celebrated as Saint George’s Day (Sa...

2014-05-08     Foreign providers to have tax liability for digital books  -  
The Japanese Government Tax Commission has revealed a policy to place consumption tax on foreign companies that deliver digital books and songs from overseas through the internet to individual consumers in Japan.
Services that provide digital content using overseas servers such as Amazon in the U...

2014-05-03     Two international book fairs to be held in Europe in April  -  
Introducing two international book fairs to be held in Europe in late April.
 The first will be held in Budapest, the capital of Hungary. It will start on April 24th (the day after World Book and Copyright Day) and last for 4 days until 27th (the day after World Intellectual Property Day) at the Cu...

2014-05-02     Takeo City Library in Saga reaches first anniversary after revamp  -  
Culture Convenience Club Co. (CCC), operator of Japan’s biggest nationwide video-rental and bookstore chain TSUTAYA, became involved with managing a library in Saga prefecture last year, and its first anniversary was on April 1st of this year. The number of annual visitors has increased 3.6 times, a...

2014-04-24     Statement on Publishing Agreements Announced  -  
In March, the Japan Writers’ Association announced that publishing agreements need to be adapted into the new digital book era.
 In the statement, Hiroshi Shino, president of the association, said that the Japanese publishing culture has unique publishing customs and distribution systems that have ...

2014-04-22     Can you name a little-known major publisher?  -  
Some of you may have heard of the name John Wood. He is a former Microsoft executive who quit his job to change the world. Room to Read, which is a NGO he founded in 1999, has reached out 7.5 million children and built over 15,000 libraries and nearly 1,700 schools.
The organization also operat...

2014-04-17     Will the position of translators be changed?  -  
Most literature is delivered to the world's readers through translation. Without the effort of translators, English-speaking readers would be unable to experience Asian literature from countries such as China, Japan, Korea, Indonesia or literature from the Arab world.
 However, there is no chance t...

2014-04-15     Nahoko Uehashi wins the 2014 Hans Christian Andersen Award  -  
Japanese author Nahoko Uehashi has won the 2014 Hans Christian Andersen Award, one of the oldest and most prestigious international children's literature awards.
The award is referred to as a “Small Novel Prize” because of its high selection criteria, and is awarded only for lasting contribution...

2014-04-15     Popular Japanese books in other Asian countries  -  
Bookworms across Northeast Asia seem indifferent about political fights.
According to an article in the Nikkei Asian Review, literary works by popular contemporary Japanese authors such as Keigo Higashino and Kotaro Isaka are requested to be translated into Korean and Chinese as soon as the firs...

2014-04-09     London Book Fair to be held in spring   -  
The 43rd annual London Book Fair will be held from April 8th to the 10th. It is one of the biggest book fairs in the world, along with one held in America in May and Frankfurt in October. Over 25,000 participants from 58 countries will gather at the Earls Court Exhibition Centre, where there will be...

2014-04-03     A way to acquire new readers for university presses in the United States  -  
The universities of the world, including those of Japan, have their own publishing departments which publish huge volumes of work with scholarly, intellectual and creative merit. In some cases, the number of readers is small because the only readers are those who specialize in that particular area, ...

2014-04-03       -  

2014-04-01     Bangkok International Book Fair Coming Soon  -  
The Bangkok International Book Fair will be held from March 28th to April 7th in the heart of Bangkok at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center. This year’s event will be the 12th one held, with the 42nd National Book Fair held simultaneously. This book fair is not the only hub of book markets...

2014-03-28     Literary giants have become a popular subject matter in the manga world  -  
According to an article in the Asahi Shinbun, literary giants have become an increasingly popular subject matter in manga. One popular manga, 'The Times of Botchan' by Natuo Sekikawa and Jiro Taniguchi, describes literary giants and society in the Meiji period (1868-1912) focusing on Soseki Natsume ...

2014-03-26     Spring event “Salon du livre du Paris”  -  
The biggest book fair in France, “Salon de livre du Paris”, will be held from March 21st to the 24th at Porte de Versailles, which is located in the 15th arrondissement (south) of Paris.
This year’s event will be the 34th one held, and Argentina is nominated as a guest country. Argentina is the...

2014-03-26     Providing e-book readers to students in Tanzania  -  
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR, Head Office: New York, U.S.A) will launch a project to provide e-readers to secondary schools in Tanzania through a non-profit organization, Worldreader (Head Office: California, U.S.A).

According to an article in The Telegraph, this proj...

2014-03-19     The Japanese Manga Situation in France  -  
France has been the third largest Japanese comic consuming country in the world since the late 2000s. “Manga” is used as a French word to describe Japanese comics and their style.
France has original comics called bande dessinée (B.D.) and the French have recognized them as “the ninth art". They...

2014-03-15     The Leipzig Book Fair and Manga-Comic Convention   -  
Leipzig, a city in eastern Germany, will host a book fair from March 13th to the 16th.
Leipzig, which has flourished with its culture, is famous for being a city of music, but it also has one of the longest histories of publishing and printing in the world. The first daily newspaper was issued in...

2014-03-13     Just released! App for reading American Comics in Japanese  -  
The leading comic publisher Marvel Entertainment (Head Office: NY, U.S.A.), which is famous for Marvel Comics, has released an application in the iTunes App Store for reading their e-comics in your native language.
  The app is called Marvel Global Comics, and 12 major languages including Japanese...

2014-03-07     International book fairs in late February  -  
Two major international book fairs are held in late February in the Baltic countries.
 The first will be held in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, from Thursday the 20th to Sunday the 23rd. This year’s event will be the 15th one held.
This event focuses exclusively on the readers, and they will h...

2014-03-06     The world’s first MA degree in self-publishing  -  
According to an article in The Guardian, the eighth biggest university in the UK, the University of Central Lancashire, has announced the launch of a new MA course, a degree in self-publishing.
The world’s first MA course for training experts for self-publishing will begin in September of this year...

2014-03-04       -  

2014-02-28     CEO of Kobo steps down  -  
Kobo, which the Japanese company Rakuten acquired in December 2011 for 315-million USD, announced that its CEO, Michael Serbinis, is stepping down from his position.

Toronto-based Kobo is a Canadian e-book company. It was initially a business venture called Shortcovers, which operated a mobile ph...

2014-02-28     Learn business strategies from independent booksellers in the US  -  
Major chain bookstores are currently having a tough time in the United States, but independent bookstores are flying high. There are many independent bookstores that have seen gains of 15% or more over the previous year. The annual convention for indie bookstores organized by the American Bookseller...

2014-02-21     New Delhi World Book Fair to start soon  -  
The New Delhi World Book Fair (NDWBF) will be held from Saturday, February 15th to Sunday, February 23rd at Pragati Maidan, an exhibition center in New Delhi, the capital of India. This event started in 1972, and this year’s event will be the 22nd one held.

It started as a relatively small event...

2014-02-19     The Practical Uses of Audiobooks  -  
Since last year, the most popular topic on the publication world has been e-book related news. The spread and utilization of e-books in Japan are still lower than in Western countries, but there is no doubt that this trend is drawing attention. E-books have many good points, for example, space-frien...

2014-02-13     Is a new digital era coming for textbooks?  -  
Remember life as a student. You had a hard time carrying your heavy backpack full of textbooks, and you used your imagination for research when you had too little information for an assignment. Students in the future won’t have such memories.

Apple Inc. announced that their iPad digital textbook...

2014-02-12     The 22nd Taipei International Book Exhibition to start soon  -  
The annual Taipei International Book Exhibition (TIBE) will be held from Wednesday, February 5th, to Monday, February 10th at the Taipei World Trade Center (TWTC). This is one of the world’s biggest book exhibitions, featuring participating authors and publishers from more than 60 countries, and thi...

2014-02-12     Is the expansion of the e-book market in Turkey good news for Japan?  -  
According to data compiled from the Turkish Publishers Association, whose head office is in Istanbul, the share of e-books increased more than two times from 2011 to 2012, and the trend is expected to continue in the coming years.

An article from an English news site in Turkey called World Bullet...

2014-02-12     Is there a future for selling e-books at bookstores?   -  
E-books have come closer to us with the spread of tablet devices and smartphones. News on e-books is in an endless stream, and many new devices have been released. The number of e-book stores have been increasing, as well as choices for readers. However, we feel that the market so far looks rather l...

2014-01-30     Bookless library in Texas mark the 100,000 users?  -  
A bookless public library called Biblio Tech opened in September 2013. There are rows of Apple iMacs in the large space, and the library shows resemblance to Apple Stores.  
This amazing library, the nation’s only bookless public library which has attracted bookworms because of its distinction, had...

2014-01-29     The Japanese e-book market forecast for 2014  -  
In Japan, it is said that the rate of the spread and utilization of e-books is lower than in Western countries.
However, the numbers of e-book publications released in 2013 had reached 600,000, and 115,000 of those were electronic editions of paper books. One of the factors to boost the number of ...

2014-01-24     What is the key factor for successfully selling your e-books?  -  
The self-publishing of e-books without going through editors or publishers has been expanding its market all over the world because of its easy process for publishing and its high royalty percentage (35% or 70% of the selling price).
An English newspaper in Malaysia, The Star, has interviewed John ...

2014-01-21     Season’s Greetings and Best Wishes for 2014  -  
Happy New Year! At the beginning of another year, we would like to thank all our readers again for their great support and cooperation in 2013.

Looking back on 2013, there was an enormous amount of news regarding e-books and the publishing world, and we were overwhelmed by the momentum and speed....

2014-01-20     Best wishes for 2014  -  
Thank you so much for reading the Books & Rights Marketplace as always.

There are only a few days left in 2013, and we would like to express our gratitude to all of our readers for your continued support and cooperation this year.

We intended to run this site for our readers who are workin...

2014-01-14     Growing Number of eBooks and Changes in the Translation Industry  -  
The past several years, the number of eBooks available on the market has seen an exponential increase. Readers can now access vast selection of eBooks by not only famous authors via publishing powerhouses but quite a bit of unknown or independent--some very young--authors. Translation services have ...

2014-01-09     Adolf Hitler's ‘Mein Kampf’ reprint scrapped by state of Bavaria - Germany  -  
The Southern German state of Bavaria announced that it had scrapped plans to publish a new academic reprint of Adolf Hitler's ‘Mein Kampf’ (My Struggle) with critical commentary.

In Germany, publications that give glory to the Nazi Party and Hitler have been banned as a demagoguery offence, and ...

2014-01-07     Delivering children’s e-books to Nintendo 3DS users  -  
Dai Nippon Printing (DNP) has launched a new e-book delivery service for children called ”Honto for Nintendo 3DS”. The service utilizes the Nintendo portable video game “Nintendo 3DS” as a reading device.

The e-book market in Japan has been increasing year by year ever since it appeared. Howeve...

2014-01-01     A platform for crowd translation and e-books sales will open  -  
In Japan, Enigmo Inc. has announced that a platform called “BUYMA Books” will open shortly. It utilizes crowdsourcing, translates books all over the world and distributes them as e-books.

The author or publisher holding the copyright (called the delivery member) registers the content which requi...

2013-12-26     Discover a new writer through SNS and data analysis  -  
The publishing world has been in a recession for awhile. Particularly, the sales in the general creative writing genre have become drastically worse. Many new writers have struggled with a number of issues.
On the other hand, the growth of personal publishing through digital devices such as Kindle...

2013-12-26     E-reading devices are popular gifts for this holiday season  -  
When December arrives, people start getting into the Christmas mood.
In Europe and the United States, Christmas is the biggest purchasing event of the year, and the forth Friday of November after Thanksgiving, known as “Black Friday”, is a significant starting day for holiday season shopping in the...

2013-12-19     CCC selected as designated manager of Ebina City library  -  
The library of Ebina City in Kanagawa, Japan announced that they selected Culture Convenience Club (CCC), which operates TSUTAYA and Tosyokan Ryutsu Center (TRC, Library Distribution Center in Japanese), as a designated manager. This is the second time in Japan that CCC will run a public library beh...

2013-12-17     GPI launches e-book translation section  -  
Recently, e-book sales have been expanding in the United States. In 2009, e-books accounted for 2.7% of total consumer book sales. However, they had grown to 14.9% of the global book market, and e-book sales revenue reached 3.3 billion dollars in 2012. Of course, e-book sales are not only growing ma...

2013-12-13     46% of Japanese people read more than one book a month  -  
Life Media held a questionnaire covering 1200 people in Japan from ages 10 to 60 on October. According to the findings, 46% of respondents read more than one book a month. Recently, there has been worry that there is a trend of not reading, so the result was unexpected. 18.6% of respondents read mor...

2013-12-10     100 All Time Best Novels Announced by Amazon Japan  -  
On November 11th, Amazon Japan announced their 100 All Time Best Novels, which are their selected must-reads. They also began offering a Kindle e-book of this information for free. Amazon Japan has offered this service for 13 years. They select 100 titles for users based on sales and reviews by read...

2013-12-10     E-book creating application mixPaper released for Facebook  -  
In Japan, Fantasista, Inc. has released their application, mixPaper, for Facebook. The app lets you easily create and sell your own e-books on Facebook. Fantasista released mixPaper, which is a completely free e-book service, in 2009, and it currently has 50,000 users. You can read e-books made on m...

2013-12-04     International Book Fair for High-Quality Non-Fiction  -  
The 15th International Book Fair for High-Quality Non-Fiction will be held from November 27th to December 1st in Moscow, Russia. This fair is one of the most important book-trade shows in the world, and a number of publishing houses, literary communities, and culture foundations offer bright and hig...

2013-11-28     Now Open, The Japanese Version of Pottermore.com  -  
J. K. Rowling, author of the best-selling Harry Potter book series, has extended her official website, Pottermore.com, to release a Japanese version on November 6th. Pottermore.com is a community site that offers Harry Potter goods, e-books, and special contents. The English version of Pottermore.co...

2013-11-26     An effective cover design process for DIY authors  -  
For DIY authors, the cover design for their books is an important factor of their writing. From a blog on electronic bindery, an effective cover design process is introduced for writers to create good-looking designs for their books.
First, search through images online using a relevant keyword, and...

2013-11-23     Miami Book Fair International  -  
The 30th Miami Book Fair International will be held from November 17th to the 24th in Miami, Florida in America. Thousands of readers and writers will visit the fair, and noted authors from the US and all around the world will hold discussions. On Friday the 22nd, the Street Fair (held from the 22nd...

2013-11-23     The International Istanbul Book Fair  -  
The 32nd International Istanbul Book Fair will be held from November 2nd to the 10th in Turkey. Many visitors, along with 650 publishers and non-governmental organizations, will visit the fair and join about 300 activities and hundreds of autograph sessions. This year, the fair’s theme is “History: ...

2013-11-16     Books about Halloween  -  
October 31st is Halloween. Recently, the event is reaching Japan, making costume parties and jack-o’-lanterns popular. However, there are few people who know what Halloween is about, so the Kinokuniya Web Store now introduces books about Halloween.
Halloween is originally a traditional event of Ire...

2013-11-12     3M Cloud Library allows American libraries to sell e-books  -  
In Japan, the digital book rental service for libraries is in the heat of discussion. However, in America, 3M announced that the 3M Cloud Library service, which allows libraries to sell e-books on their websites, has just made a deal with Kobo. When library users click the “BUY” button, they will be...

2013-11-07     The Indonesia Book Fair  -  
The Indonesia Book Fair will be held from November 2nd to the 10th in Jakarta, Indonesia. Not only is it an annual book fair, but there will also be a library exhibition and a rights fair held. This book fair is the largest and most comprehensive of literary activities in Indonesia, and is the cente...

2013-11-06     Amazon and Rakuten to release their new e-book reader models in Japan  -  
In Japan, Amazon Japan and Rakuten Group announced that they are about to release new models of their own e-book readers.
On October 16th, Amazon Japan first announced that they started selling the Kindle Fire HDX, which has two models: the 7 inch tablet (24,800 yen) and the 8.9 inch tablet (39,800...

2013-11-05     Japan Digital Library Service established  -  
On October 15th, KADOKAWA announced that they established a joint business venture, Japan Digital Library Service (JDLS), with Kinokuniya Books and Kodansha to start a digital book rental service for schools and public libraries.
Since 2011, many devices and digital bookstores have appeared on the ...

2013-10-30     Toppan Printing to release new fonts for digital printing  -  
According to IT Media, Toppan Printing is producing new fonts for digital printing at a rapid rate. They will release a new Mincho typeface for body texts this fall, Mincho for title texts next fall, Gothic typeface for body text in spring 2015, and Gothic for title texts in spring 2016.
Traditiona...

2013-10-25     The Helsinki Book Fair  -  
The Helsinki Book Fair will be held from October 24th to the 27th in Helsinki, Finland. This book fair is the most important book trade show event for lovers of literature and book industry professionals all over the world. It is also an important cultural event, and the ideal place for a number of ...

2013-10-25     UK e-book market dominated by Amazon’s Kindle at 79%  -  
According to a new survey by Ofcom, 79% of people who were polled from March to May 2013 have used the Amazon platform to download, access, or share e-books within the past three months in the UK. All other e-book stores have a single digit presence. Apple’s iBookstore is the second most used e-book...

2013-10-18     5-year-old boy publishes own e-book  -  
According to eBook Friendly, a 5-year-old boy published his own e-book on Apple’s iBookstore in America. He is one of the youngest publishers, and his e-book, “Little Fish”, reached the top 40 in the US iBookstore. By the end of September, the book had been downloaded 7,800 times worldwide, and had ...

2013-10-18     The 2013 Frankfurt Book Fair  -  
The Frankfurt Book Fair will be held from October 9th to the 13th in Germany. This book fair, the biggest book market in the world, is the place where publishers exhibit their booths and buy and sell publication rights. Most countries have joined this book fair, including Japan. In 2012, 280,000 peo...

2013-10-10     Tesco launches 7 inch Hudl tablet  -  
On September 23rd, Tesco launched Hudle, a new 7 inch HD tablet. Tesco, an English retailer, is the third in the world and has 6351 locations including Japan. Tesco is strengthening their investment in the digital content business, and they bought Mobcast Services, an e-book platform company, at the...

2013-10-09     Hugh Howey's clever book promotion  -  
The author of the 'Wool' science fiction trilogy, Hugh Howey, promoted his book in a clever way for the launch of 'Dust', the final book in his series. 'Wool' is a popular series about a post-apocalyptic Earth. Survivors live in a giant fallout shelter, a radiation-proof silo. No one is allowed to v...

2013-10-04     Japanese publishing groups demand the imposition of taxes for foreign digital contents  -  
Nine publishing groups, including the Japan Book Publishers Association, released the demanding documents for the government which demands the fairness of consumption taxes imposed on foreign companies’ e-books on September 11th. Foreign e-book sellers, such as Amazon and Kobo, are not imposed on Ja...

2013-10-02     The new model of Kindle Paperwhite to be released  -  
Amazon.com of America announced that they are to release the new model of the Kindle Paperwhite. In America, the second-generation Kindle Paperwhite will go on sale on September 30th for $119.
In Japan, Amazon.co.jp also started accepting reservations of the new Kindle Paperwhite, and it will be r...

2013-10-02     Göteborg Book Fair 2013  -  
The 29th annual Göteborg Book Fair will be held from September 26th to the 29th in Göteborg in Sweden. The first fair was held in 1985, and it had 5,000 visitors at the time. Since then, it has grown year after year, and now, the largest book fair in Sweden has more than 100,000 visitors. The Götebo...

2013-09-27     Kobo announces new lineups  -  
On August 28th, Kobo in Canada announced its new lineup of eReading devices, featuring the new Kobo Aura 6” E Ink eReader and the Google-certified Kobo Arc 10HD, Kobo Arc 7HD, and Kobo Arc 7 tablets. The Kobo Aura 6” will be sold starting September 16th, while others will be sold starting October 16...

2013-09-21     Manila International Book Fair  -  
The 34th annual Manila International Book Fair will be held in the Philippines from September 11th to the 15th for book lovers of all ages. The MIBF is the country’s biggest and longest-running book fair with a varied collection of books. There, visitors can buy books at affordable prices. In additi...

2013-09-21     Yen Press to release new Japanese manga in America  -  
Yen Press, the manga and graphic novel imprint of Hachette Book Group, announced that they have gotten several new manga and light novel licenses at the Japan Expo USA in Santa Clara. Yen Press is a publisher that mainly sells Japanese manga and light novels translated into English to America and Ca...

2013-09-14     The Moscow International Book Fair 2013  -  
The Moscow International Book Fair will be held from September 4th through 9th in Russia. MIBF is the largest representative and book forum in Russia, and for 31 years, Russia’s publishers have participated in the most significant event of the year. They can establish new contacts and develop their ...

2013-09-10     A questionnaire about e-books  -  
BookLive announced their findings of a questionnaire survey about e-books that they carried out for 826 people at the Tokyo International Book Fair.
They found that 30% of respondents have purchased e-books. The main reason that they chose to purchase from the e-book store is because it had the e-b...

2013-09-10     Kobo to Host "Beyond the Book" Event  -  
Kobo announced that a press event will take place in New York City on August 27th. According to their announcement, the phrase “beyond the book” was on their invitations to the event, which will show us what’s next from the Kobo, a popular e-book reader that now competes against Amazon. In Japan, Ko...

2013-09-04     The 20th Beijing International Book Fair  -  
The 20th Beijing International Book Fair (BIBF) will be held from August 28th to September 1st in China, upholding its principle of “introducing excellent books from around the world into China and leading Chinese books into the world”. BIBF is now one of the biggest publishing events in the world, ...

2013-09-04     Amazon.com goes into Russia  -  
Amazon.com is starting a massive expansion into the Russian book market, and they are ready to sign contracts with Russia’s largest publishing houses. According to Publishing Perspectives, Amazon will sell only digital content in Russia at the first stage, and expand to print books later.
Currently...

2013-09-04     The Washington Post to be sold to Jeff Bezos  -  
The Washington Post Co. of America announced that they are to sell its flagship newspaper, The Washington Post, to Amazon.com founder and chief executive Jeffrey P. Bezos on August 6th. Bezos will pay $250 million USD in cash for the Post. Amazon.com will have no role in the purchase, and Bezos hims...

2013-08-29     The Edinburgh International Book Festival 2013  -  
The Edinburgh International Book Festival 2013 will take place from August 10th to the 26th in Scotland. The Book Festival began in 1983 and is now an important event in the August Festival season, celebrated annually in Scotland’s capital city. The Book Festival has grown rapidly in size and has be...

2013-08-21     80% of Americans want to publish their own books  -  
An American Internet marketing company, DOMO, introduced some interesting findings. They carried out a questionnaire asking, "What could you do with an extra two hours in a day?" According to DOMO, 80% said that they'd want to write books and publish in their lifetime. This is top response. 67% want...

2013-08-21     The price war on paper books in America and e-books in Japan  -  
In America, Amazon and Overstock are locked in a price war about discounting the prices of paper books. At first, Overstock.com announced on July 22nd that they would compete with Amazon by discounting their print books at least 10% below Amazon’s prices. Amazon accepted the challenge, and the price...

2013-08-14     The anniversary of Kobo’s release by Rakuten  -  
Rakuten Group held a session for sharing their current e-book business situation on July 19th in commemoration of the anniversary of the release of Kobo.
According to Mr. Funaki, the director in charge of the e-book Japan department, the e-book market is still developing, so it is important to stre...

2013-08-09     Bookvibe; the new site generates reading recommendation  -  
The Digital Book World introduced a useful site Bookvibe (Bookvibe .com) which analyzes tweets and public Facebook posts and produces a vertical bookshelf. The Bookvibe is a free service by a start-up Parakweet. Bookvibe automatically follows and analyzes tweets, and then writes up the reading recom...

2013-08-06     J.K. Rowling’s pseudonymous book  -  
According to the July 14th article in the Sunday Times, it was revealed that J.K. Rowling used the pseudonym Robert Galbraith to published a crime novel called “The Cuckoo’s Calling.” The book was published by Little, Brown’s Mulholland Books on April 30th in 2013, and it gained number one on Amazon...

2013-08-02     How does the Japanese publishing industry have to do in the future?  -  
The Tokyo International Book Fair and the e-Book Expo Tokyo were held at the Big Sight exhibition in Tokyo from July 3rd to the 6th. In Japan, the publishing industry is stuck in a long recession, and e-books remain a long way from high popularity.
According to Publishing Perspectives, at the 2013 ...

2013-07-31     The lending service of e-books in Japanese libraries  -  
Japan’s publishers, Kodansha, Kadokawa, and a bookseller, Kinokuniya, will start a new project in which e-books are offered to about 3,000 libraries across Japan. Currently, the lending of e-books by libraries is just experimental. You can read an e-book via the internet from outside libraries for f...

2013-07-26     Russia’s e-book nearly doubled in 2012  -  
According to Publishing Perspectives.com, despite the decline of number of Russians who read books and the stagnation of the local book market, the Russian e-book market nearly doubled in 2012. It reached 250 million rubles ($8 million USD) compared to 135 million rubles ($4.1 million USD) in 2011. ...

2013-07-26     Hong Kong Book Fair  -  
The 24th Hong Kong Book Fair will be held from July 17th to the 23rd at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center. The book fair has made a big success as an annual event for the promotion of culture since its first time in the 1990s. In 2012, 535 exhibitors from all over the world joined the e...

2013-07-18     The biggest publisher of the world, Penguin Random House  -  
With all government approvals in, Bertelsmann and Pearson officially completed the merger of Random House and the Penguin Group on July 1st, and the new publisher, Penguin Random House, was established.
As outlined by its parent companies, PRH will have 10,000 employees and publish more than 15,000...

2013-07-16     BRM's Trans Publishing Workshop Revises Fees  -  
Books and Rights Marketplace's Trans Publishing Workshop gives translators worldwide opportunities to be a part of a translation team in the workshop setting led by a veteran translator.

More books are added every month to the Translator's Audition program which screens the skills of translator ...

2013-07-12     Amazon adds graphic novels to the Kindle Worlds  -  
According to the American e-book news site Digital Reader, Amazon Publishing has announced that they have started adding the graphic novel genre to Kindle Worlds, which is a self-service submission platform. With Kindle Worlds, you can publish fan fiction inspired by popular books, and earn royaltie...

2013-07-09     The growth rate of Twitter followers for publishers  -  
The annual percentage of the increase of Twitter followers for the 16 publishers in 2013 is 31%, surveyed by Publishers Weekly (PW). PW started tracking the 16 publishers’ Twitters in 2009, and the rate of growth has slowed down every year, although the number of followers has continued to increase....

2013-07-08     Tokyo International Book Fair  -  
Tokyo International Book Fair (TIBF) will be held from 3rd to the 6th July at Tokyo Big Site. This annual book fair is the biggest book trade show in Japan, and a record number of 1,360 exhibitors and 75,000 visitors including publishers, librarians, educators, researchers, presses and other book in...

2013-07-02     Waterproofing Service for the Kindle  -  
An American company, Waterfi, creates waterproof electrics such as a waterproof iPad from its home base in San Diego, California. They have announced that they waterproof Amazon's Kindle Paperwhite with their Dual Layer waterproofing process.
The service allows you to read e-books whenever you floa...

2013-06-25     Hayakawa Shobo’s new project: Hayakawa Worldwide  -  
A Japanese publisher, Hayakawa Shobo, has announced the start of their new project, Hayakawa Worldwide. This past fall, their works were translated into English and released in e-book form. Their aim is to extend their printed books to overseas, and to sell the books' film rights to Hollywood.
They...

2013-06-25     Book industry concerns at BookExpo America 2013  -  
The key event for publishers all over the world, BookExpo America, opened from May 30th to June 1st, and some important themes on today’s book industry were discussed.
First, booksellers were trying to figure out how to put ebooks into the hands of their readers from their stores. Barbara Marcus, P...

2013-06-23     The issue of high priced Brazilian e-books  -  
This year’s remarkable market in the publishing industry throughout the world is that of Brazil. Which e-book reader will catch Brazilian hearts first and how publishers can take part is key.
Now, digital books are becoming an important part of the Brazilian Congressional agenda. The tax burden, es...

2013-06-19     Responsive Book Cover  -  
Many companies compete and announce new ideas for e-book publishing among today’s e-book war. Ireland publication design company Woop.ie has introduced their concept of responsive book covers where book covers change as readers progress with their e-book.
While reading a story, you find out more ab...

2013-06-11     Japan’s publisher Discover 21 in New York  -  
A Japanese publisher, Discover 21, set up their office in New York at the end of last year. Discover 21 has a reputation for bringing out best-selling books in Japan, and is worthy of remark also in American book market. At the end of this month, as the paperwork is finalized, it will begin operatio...

2013-06-11     Japan Book Digitization Carriers Association founded  -  
Bookscan, which offers services to digitalize books for their customers. They founded the group Japan Book Digitization Carriers Association (JABDA), for making proper rules in digitalizing books with other agencies on May 15th. The book scan service has grown rapidly in response to users’ demands. ...

2013-06-04     Book Expo America 2013  -  
The BookExpo America is about to open on May 30th to June 1st at the Javits Center in New York in America. The BEA is North America’s largest book trade gathering, and it attracts an international audience. It is the ideal place to discover new books, meet favorite and new authors, and learn about t...

2013-06-04     E-book readers for the blind invented  -  
Those who are totally blind have never used e-book readers although the e-book industry is now rapidly growing. However, that may change.
An Indian researcher, Sumit Dager, realized that people around him were using smart phones happily, but the totally blind were excluded from this situation, and ...

2013-05-28     The new Notepad widget for iBook Author  -  
Apple has announced that a new Notepad widget is now available for iBook Author, which is a free authoring software for iPad users who make multi-touch e-books and e-textbooks by themselves. iBook Author has been released since last January, and some universities in Japan introduced them to their le...

2013-05-24     Graphic Novels are becoming popular in libraries  -  
According to Publisher’s Weekly, graphic novels are becoming the hottest section in libraries. Years ago, it was common for librarians to want nothing to do with comics. However, over the past decade, the graphic novel genre has been growing the fastest at libraries of all kinds. As children and tee...

2013-05-22     The International Book Fair of Torino and Warsaw Book Fair  -  
The 26th International Book Fair of Torino will be held from May 16th to 20th in Torino, Italy. It has been a constant and growing success, with a mixture of exhibitions, markets, cultural festivals and professional meetings. The number of visitors is now stable with over 300,000 every year, with ma...

2013-05-22     Brazil’s e-book market  -  
Last December, several international e-book sellers, including Kobo, Google, and Amazon, have launched in Brazil. This happened seven weeks after Apple started putting Brazilian e-books in its American iBookstore. We have paid attention to which retailers grab Brazilian hearts first. From January to...

2013-05-22     Classic CD from Haruki Murakami’s novel to be Released  -  
The publisher Bungeishunju.Ltd., said on April 18th that Haruki Murakami’s latest novel “Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage”, has sold 1 million copies since its release on April 12th. This book is more than just a book-- it has created a surge in demand for a classical music piece...

2013-05-09     Penguin agrees with EU over price-fixing suit  -  
The European commission has announced that Penguin Books has agreed to a settlement over the antitrust investigation that Penguin had conspired with Apple and 4 other publishers to control e-book prices. According to Bloomberg, Penguin agreed to generally the same terms as Apple and the other four p...

2013-05-09     Haruki Murakami’s latest book revealed  -  
Haruki Murakami’s latest book, “Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage” has finally been released in Japan on April 12th. It has been three years since his last novel, “1Q84 BOOK3”. Hundreds of Murakami’s fans have waited outside bookshops all around Tokyo to get the latest title at mi...

2013-05-03     Toys"R"Us of Japan will release its tablet for kids  -  
Toys"R"Us of Japan announced that they will release their tablet, MEEP! on April 26th. It
is the first tablet in Japan especially for kids. With MEEP!, you can enjoy digital books, and also internet, games, movies, music, apps, and so on. It will sell for 14,999 yen in shops or on online sites.
On...

2013-05-01     Abu Dhabi International Book Fair   -  
The 23rd annual Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF) will take place from April 24th to the 29th. There will be hundreds of exhibitors from over 50 countries showing over 500,000 cultural, intellectual, and commercial titles for visitors to enjoy in over 30 different languages. A number of inte...

2013-04-25     Zondervan Launches New YA Imprint Blink  -  
Zondervan, a division of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, is launching Blink, a new YA imprint, this fall. They said the imprint is designed for the general trade, not the Christian market. They will be hopeful books, not dark, but they will touch on very real issues, said Chriscynethia Floyd, VP...

2013-04-24     BRM Seeks Native English Translators/Translation Supervisors  -  
Books & Rights Marketplace is expanding its Translator's Audition program, and is looking for native English translators and translator supervisors for Japanese to English book translation projects. Your physical location and prior experiences are not critical. However, priority of considerations ar...

2013-04-19     All-you-can-read e-magazines service  -  
The e-magazine rental service, Renta! by Papyless of Japan, has just started their all-you-can-read service on April 2nd. In this rental service, you can read e-magazines at your leisure for 315 yen every month including back numbers, although a part of them is unreadable because of copyrights. Curr...

2013-04-19     London Book Fair  -  
The London Book Fair will be held from the 15th to the 17th of April in London, The United Kingdom. 25000 publishing professionals will join the world’s largest spring publishing event. It is not capital only for the publishing industry, but also for the culture of England. The Book Fair is the glob...

2013-04-12     Amazon will buy Goodreads  -  
Amazon.com has announced on March 28th local time that they reached an agreement to acquire Goodreads, a community site where readers can share books they love with other users. Currently, Goodreads has 16,000,000 users including Japanese, and 22,000,000 books are shared there every month.
Finally...

2013-04-12     Children’s nonfiction publishing  -  
New US Common Core Standards require children to read nonfiction. In response, traditional US nonfiction publishers are remodeling their works for children by transforming them into e-books. Educational publishers are digitizing their textbooks and learning aids. Children’s book writers, illustrator...

2013-04-04     The talk event on “Surviving Progress”  -  
Hiroshi Tasaka, a professor of Tama University Graduate School, a doctor of engineering and a representative of ShophiaBank, whose book we have introduced on our Books & Rights Marketplace, participated in an event as a speaking guest in commemoration of the release of the Canadian documentary, “Sur...

2013-04-03     “Fifty Shades” author will publish a writing guide  -  
Vintage Books has announced that the author of the “Fifty Shades” series, E. L. James, will publish a how-to book on writing as her latest project. It will combine professional advice and excerpts from her works, and lined pages for readers to put down their own ideas.
E. L. James is a million-sel...

2013-03-29     Bologna Children’s Book Fair  -  
The Bologna Children’s Book Fair will be held from March 25th to the 28th in Italy. The book fair has been the most important international event dedicated to the children’s publishing industry since 1964, and it celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. In 2012, about 1200 exhibitors came from 66 ...

2013-03-27     Apple starts e-book service for Japan  -  
Apple has started offering their Japanese-language e-book service for Japan on March 6th. This move will make competition stronger with Amazon. Readers can purchase e-books via an online shop, the iBookstore, and read them by using a free application, the software iBooks, with Apple’s devices such a...

2013-03-27     Paris Book Fair 2013  -  
The Paris Book Fair will be held in Paris from March 22nd to the 25th. The book fair has earned a good reputation, so it will be attended by 30,000 trade visitors including book sellers, librarians, and more. Around 1100 exhibitors take part in this show to display their innovative products and serv...

2013-03-19     An effective way to sell more of your e-books  -  
The CEO of a community site for book reviews called Goodreads, Otis Chandler, has revealed a way for authors to sell more of their e-books on Amazon or anywhere else online. It has already been clear that the main reason for people to purchase e-books is unsurprisingly “referral by a friend”. Howeve...

2013-03-15     The New Harry Potter Book  -  
It has been 15 years since U.S. readers first met J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter. Scholastic will be publishing all seven series’ covers in U.S. paperback editions this September. They have revealed the first one, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. The book series will also be released that month a...

2013-03-14     The “Foire du Livre” – Brussels Book Fair  -  
Brussels Book Fair will be held from 7th until 11th March in Brussels, Belgium. A large number of exhibitors, publishers, authors, and artists will participate in the event for signings, debates, animations and so on.
The interesting point is that the most book genre they deal with in the event is ...

2013-03-12     Research on the e-book reading situation in Japan  -  
In America, the population of e-book readers is growing, and the number of owners of either a tablet or e-book reader has grown from 18% in late 2011 to 33% in late 2012.
However, the Japanese e-book situation has been said to not be as successful as it is in America because the price is higher and...

2013-03-08     Why printed books continue to attract people  -  
Recently, e-books have become familiar to people all over the world, and the e-book industry in Japan much like the rest of the world, is now rapidly growing. Digital books are easier to manage, to carry around, and it is easier to find titles for digital books than paper books. In 2012, the number ...

2013-03-06     Vilnius International Book Fair 2013  -  
The 14th international Vilnius Book Fair will take place on February 21st to the 24th in Vilnius, Lithuania. This event is important for both book-lovers and trade, and also well-known cultural activity in Lithuania. Cultural programs attract book-lovers from Lithuania and foreign countries. Exhibit...

2013-02-28     The best romance novels for Valentine’s Day  -  
Valentine’s Day is coming soon. It is a great time to read romantic books, and some websites have picked their recommended books for this season. Here are some great books.
“Remember Me?” by Sophie Kinsella is a perfect Valentine’s Day romance novel for people who are sick of romance. The main char...

2013-02-27     The Japanese e-book market trend  -  
Amazon has finally entered the Japanese e-book market with its Kindle Store in October 2012 after patiently negotiating with local publishers for years. According to Digitimes Research, a Taiwanese news site, Japanese e-book prices are actually controlled by the publishers as they are the same as th...

2013-02-22     Iine Syoten, the new style e-book store has released  -  
An e-book store site called “Iine Syoten” has been released on January 30th for private writing by a programmer, Fujinyo, in Japan. It is the first e-book store in Japan that adopts the model of PWYW model (Pay What You Want model). PWYW model is when customers name their own price. Of course, if th...

2013-02-20     Amazon’s experimental adoption of PWYW models in America  -  
In America, Pay What You Want (PWYW) models’ competition of e-books has been heating up among e-book providers.
Last year, Amazon of America started their rental service of e-textbooks for university students through their e-reader, Kindle. Continuously, last week, they have started their experimen...

2013-02-15     New Delhi World Book Fair & Jerusalem International Book Fair  -  
Today, we will introduce two upcoming international book fairs.

First is the New Delhi World Book Fair (NDWBF), which will be held from Feburary 4th to the 10th 2013 in New Delhi, India. It is the biggest book fair in the Afro-Asian Region. The participants can promote their titles, arrange co-pu...

2013-02-12     International Kolkata Book Fair  -  
The International Kolkata Book Fair will be held from January 30th to February 10th in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. It is one of the biggest and most fruitful events in the heart of West Bengal. It is held by the government, especially for people who dedicate themselves to reading books. Last year, ...

2013-02-08     The situation of English translation  -  
Presently, an estimated 250-500 million people all over the world speak English as their first language, and an estimated 1 billion speak English as a second language. English translation is a big market for the publishing industry. Translation often serves as the linguistic bridge for books aiming ...

2013-02-08     The 2013 Taipei International Book Exhibition   -  
The Taipei International Book Exhibition (TIBI) will be held from January 30th to February 4th at the Taipei World Trade Center. The Exhibition is one of the largest annual trade shows for the publishing industry in Asia. It focuses on promoting books, digital content, audio content, and selling p