Report: Amazon Stocks Future Japanese Kindle Store in Deals With 40 Publishers

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A report from the Asahi Shimbun cites “sources” claiming that Amazon has made deals with 40 Japanese publishers to stock a future Japanese Kindle store.

The sources also say that some of the publishers will let Amazon set the price of e-books for them (Amazon in accord with 40 Japanese publishers on e-book distribution):

Amazon.com Inc. has struck deals with a number of Japanese publishing houses on terms of e-book distribution of the Japanese version of its Kindle service, sources said.

The key players are Gakken Holdings Co., a major publisher, and midmarket players Shufunotomo Co. and PHP Inc.

“A number of provisions in the initial draft, including distribution for an indefinite period, disappeared en masse,” said a source at a leading publishing house.

Japanese publishers also began to make their own concessions. Some companies have agreed to grant Amazon the right to determine prices.

Read more at the Asahi Shimbun.

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