Hard times for Sears as retailer notes doubt about future

/ Mar 23, 2017

Hard times for Sears as retailer notes doubt about future

Sears, a back-to-school shopping destination for generations of kids and the place newlyweds went to choose appliances, has said that after years of losing money that there is “substantial doubt” it will be able to keep its doors open. It’s a dramatic acknowledgment from ...

Aided by apps, audiobooks market grows in Japan

Feb 13, 2017

Aided by apps, audiobooks market grows in Japan

The use of audiobooks is increasing steadily in Japan, providing a boon to the publishing industry, which is facing declining sales of ordinary books. Audiobooks already account for 10 percent of book sales in the United States and Europe. In the U.S., audiobooks, which ...

| Jan 9, 2017

Amazon testing cashier-free retail store

Amazon on Dec. 5 unveiled a new kind of retail store, with no cashiers. In the concept store in Seattle, customers start by scanning an app on their smartphones when entering the store, and then they can fill their shopping carts and walk out ...

Amazon to launch new manga e-book reader for Japanese market

Oct 19, 2016

Amazon to launch new manga e-book reader for Japanese market

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E-commerce giant Amazon is launching Friday an e-book reader exclusively designed for Japanese manga aficionados, which is sure to disappoint fans of the comic genre overseas. The new device’s high-resolution display, larger storage capacity, and faster page-turning abilities make the device “the best Kindle ...