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