Japan’s Book Publishers Decide To Go With EPUB Standard

Japan’s book market is said to be worth around $24 billion (it’s the world’s biggest and about 4x the size of the local video game industry), which means it’s not a big surprise that e-publishing is currently one of the “hot” trends in the country’s tech sector.

And yesterday, Japan’s biggest business daily The Nikkei reported that the local industry made quite an important decision: book publishers and electronics companies have agreed to adopt EPUB 3.0, an open e-book standard that’s currently common in the US, Europe and other places.

The Electronic Book Publishers Association of Japan was launched in summer 2010 and counts the country’s biggest publishers among its 43 members.

EPUB is supported by the Kindle and the iPad, among others. EPUB 3.0, the next version of the standard, will support text printed vertically (i.e. Japanese) starting May this year.

Update:
Sorry for the mistake: the Kindle does not support EPUB.

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Dr. Serkan Toto is a German based in Tokyo. Like us, he is passionate about introducing Japanese IT to the rest of the world. Full-time, Serkan works as an independent web industry consultant for hedge funds, venture capital companies and start-ups worldwide. He is also a writer for mega tech blog network TechCrunch, covering Japan-related technology and web trends. This is Serkan's website. Follow Serkan on Twitter here.

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Serkan Toto

Dr. Serkan Toto is a German based in Tokyo. Like us, he is passionate about introducing Japanese IT to the rest of the world. Full-time, Serkan works as an independent web industry consultant for hedge funds, venture capital companies and start-ups worldwide. He is also a writer for mega tech blog network TechCrunch, covering Japan-related technology and web trends. This is Serkan's website. Follow Serkan on Twitter here.

10 thoughts on “Japan’s Book Publishers Decide To Go With EPUB Standard”

  1. Serkan, you obviously don’t own a Kindle 🙂 I also don’t own one and that’s exactly because it doesn’t support ePub.

    残念ですようね 🙂

  2. Great! Finally a non-galapagos decision that makes real sense!! Welcome Japan to the world of global standard! Pretty much happy about this!

  3. Kindle doesn’t natively support EPUB but almost all major publishers give Amazon their content in EPUB format, thus the majority of titles sold on the Kindle Store in fact originated as EPUB (Amazon presently converts this content to their proprietary format).

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