July 20, 2011

Japanese book market valued at 21 billion dollars seen as unique as rules different for publishers

“ Japan’s $21 billion book market unique in that retailers must absolutely follow prices set by publishers..Stores are shielded from book returns, which is why such a great number of small outlets can exist...For example, a book sold for 1,000 yen ($10.70) in Tokyo would typically result in the publisher receiving 630 yen, the author getting 70 yen, the distributor pocketing 80 yen and the bookstore being left with the remaining 220 yen, according to Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.”

Source: iPad May Be ‘Black Ship’ That Shakes Up Japan’s Book Industry
April 08, 2010
By Pavel Alpeyev and Yoshinori Eki

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