Is Amazon Making Progress with Japanese Publishers?

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Is Amazon Making Progress with Japanese Publishers?

Is Amazon Making Progress with Japanese Publishers?

Is Amazon Making Progress with Japanese Publishers?  Japanese readers are still waiting for Amazon to bring the Kindle e-reader and start selling e-books in Japan.  For the last six months Amazon  has been saying that it coming soon, but still no news and the Japanese readers are very disappointed.  There is good reason that the Japanese  are running out of patience according to some of the news reports in the last six months.

Is Amazon Making Progress with Japanese Publishers?

According to TECH IN ASIA in October 2011.

The Nikkei business daily is reporting that Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) could enter the Japanese e-book market sometime this year, bringing its new Kindle readers offerings along with it. It is said to be in late-stage negotiations with prominent Japanese publishers, including PHP Institute Inc, which is to provide about 1000 digital titles.

This is what they had to say about the Japanese e-book market in December, 2011.

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

The 2011 year closed without any good news for the Japanese readers but then in February, 2012 the beginning of this year this is what they had to say.

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

Early April has passed and the Kindle e-book reader is not being sold in Japan yet.

And today Asahi (and in less detail, the Daily Yomiuri yesterday) says that Amazon has finally struck with key Japanese publishers, and names Gakken Holdings Co., Shufunotomo Co., and PHP Inc. as notable ones. As for the Kindle’s release, Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos is cited as saying that a date will be announced by the end of this year.

Well, it’s only April and we still have eight months to see if Amazon comes through and will push the button.  I feel Japan just might see it happen this year, but who’s to say.

One thing that’s holding everything back I think is the fact that the Japanese publishers are good negotiators themselves and do not want to be pushed out of the picture by Amazon. We’ll see…  So what do you think?  Is Amazon Making Progress with Japanese Publishers?

[Via: Tech In Asia]

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