Amazon Kindle Finally To Land On Japan

Amazon Japan announced to accept pre-order of Kindle devices on today October 24.
Kindle Paperwhite is said to be sold from November 19 (Wifi = 8,480 yen, 3G = 12,980 yen). One can purchase 3 units maximum according to the product page.
Kindle Fire HD (16G = 15,800 yen, 32G = 19,800 yen) and Kindle Fire (12,800 yen) would be sold on December 19, 2012. Both product pages say you may buy at most 5 units.

bookstore

The most important part for Japanese user, Kindle Bookstore itself will be opened tomorrow, on October 25.
The initial number of Japanese e-books is over 50,000, including 10,000+ free books from Aozora-bunko, Japanese version of the Project Gutenberg. 50,000 is better than Rakuten Kobo, but not may as Japanese top players who are offering 60,000-400,000. Over 1.4 million foreign books are also available but that won’t appeal much for regular Japanese readers.

Amazon Android Appstore

Amazon Android Appstore is “being planned” at this point. Amazon Japan tells that popular titles such like Nikkei’s digital version, Final Fantasy III and Puzzle and Dragons will be available.

price comparison with competitors

price in Japan (yen)
iPad Mini 28,800
Google Nexus 7 19,800
Amazon Kindle Fire HD 15,800
Amazon Kindle Fire 12,800

Amazon Japan gave a forehand notice “Coming Soon” on June 26. In September, Kindle Japan Store page was leaked though without Japanese books. Amazon’s English release seems to have several Japanese major publisher names, however, in Japanese message, their names are not displayed.

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