Saturday, November 6, 2010

Famous Japanese Book Store Kinokuniya Goes Online

Did someone say that old Japanese corporations are very slow in deciding things, and when they finally do decide, they make bad decisions?

Well, maybe it's not a bad decision, but I'll bet it's way too little too late. Kinokuniya has decided to go online to sell books!

From AP:

Time-honored bookstore chain operator Kinokuniya Co. will open an online bookstore offering conventional books and e-books by the yearend, its officials said Friday. It will be the first Japanese retail outlet for conventional books to start such a business, the officials said. The envisioned online store, called "Kinokuniya Shoten BookWebPlus," will offer 1,200 e-book titles, including those of Kobunsha Co. and Kodansha Ltd. publishing companies, when it opens, they said. Kinokuniya will try to boost the number of e-books that can be downloaded from its online store to 30,000 within a year, they said. 

Alright! Jeez, guys, it's almost 2011, Kinokuniya get into the 90's will ya!?


Ira Hata said...

We're already in the 2000 years and has been around since the mid-90's. They will have a difficult time competing.

Worse yet, publishers and retailers have all experienced shrinking sales since NTT DoCoMo rolled out their first cell phone in the 80's.

I wish them luck. They're going to need it...


Anonymous said...

Any decision...finds the results in the end :)...I wish them luck too...

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