Some writers hate e-books, but not novelist Ryu Murakami, who has embraced the technology with the same enthusiasm he has for all tech developments. NHK’s news focus program, “A to Z” (NHK-G, Tues., 6:10 p.m.), visits Murakami in the studio as he “produces” his latest novel in electronic form.
Murakami’s new work will be more than just characters on a screen: It will incorporate images, spoken narration and even music. Recently, the media raconteur started his own e-book publishing company, for which he has recruited not only other writers but also vanguard technicians and arts-related experts such as composer Ryuichi Sakamoto. His goal is to realize a book that could never be possible in print.