Rakuten to sell U.S. e-book distribution unit OverDrive

Business / Corporate Dec 26, 2019

Rakuten to sell U.S. e-book distribution unit OverDrive

Major cybermall operator Rakuten Inc. plans to sell OverDrive Holdings Inc., a wholly owned U.S. unit that provides electronic book distribution services. Rakuten announced Wednesday that it will sell all outstanding shares of the Ohio-based subsidiary, which provides e-books to libraries and educational institutions, to ...

Annual comic book sales set to sink amid dearth of popular titles

National Dec 25, 2017

Annual comic book sales set to sink amid dearth of popular titles

Comic books sales are expected to plunge about 12 percent for the year amid a dearth of popular titles and increasing demand for ebooks, a research institute said Monday. Sales of comic magazines targeted at adolescents are forecast to drop sharply, the Research Institute for ...

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

Business Oct 19, 2016

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

by Shusuke Murai

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 that ...