Japanese publishers may not be too familiar to English-speaking readers (except for manga fans of course!), but Japanese bookseller Kinokuniya has done a very good job of entering new English-language markets with its multilingual bookshops over the last 20+ years. The importance and relevance of this effort to the Japanese publishing industry was brought home to me in the attendance at the party for Kinokuniya's 30th anniversary in Singapore hosted by Masashi Takai, President of Kinokuniya. CEOs of the biggest Japanese publishers and media companies turned up in force.
Singapore's e-book market is just getting off the ground, and I think we need to have more conversations about how we should move forward. So I've been a real busy-body, talking to people, and putting my oar in as per this recent article for Publishing Perspectives. Also I'm one of those people who thinks by writing - not always the most efficient way to either think or write of course.
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