Jan 3, 2015

New copyright protections, risks

It is hoped that the revision to Japan's Copyright Law, which took effect this year, will help bring healthy development of digital publication, while affording new protections for publishers and authors.

Dec 28, 2014

Amazon-Hachette feud headlined book news in 2014


Like a serial for the digital age, the book world’s most dramatic story of 2014 unfolded in installments, often in real time. A dispute about e-book revenues between Amazon.com and Hachette Book Group led to Amazon’s removing buy buttons, cutting discounts and reducing orders ...

Aug 11, 2014

Amazon stops some Disney movie pre-orders, WSJ reports

Pre-orders of some Disney movies have been halted by Amazon.com, the Wall Street Journal reported Sunday, in what appears to be another contract dispute after the online giant began a protracted spat with publisher Hachette Book Group this year. Physical copies of titles such ...

Jul 17, 2014

Apple may refund $400 million in digital book settlement

Apple will refund up to $400 million to consumers ensnared in a plot to raise the prices of digital books unless the company gets a court to overturn a decision affirming its pivotal role in the collusion. The settlement bill emerged in a Wednesday ...

Apr 25, 2014

Diet OKs publishing rights for e-books

The Diet passed a bill Friday to revise the copyright law to recognize publishing rights for electronic books. Under the revised law, which is scheduled to take effect next January, those with the rights will be able to sue to stop pirated digital books ...

For e-book sellers, tax hike distorts field

Dec 3, 2013

For e-book sellers, tax hike distorts field

Japanese publishers and distributors of electronic books are increasingly alarmed by the upcoming consumption tax hike in the absence of a system to tax e-books and other digital content purchased from overseas vendors such as the U.S.-based Internet giant Amazon.com Inc. and Japanese online ...