아마존 킨들스토어! 드디어 일본에 정식 오픈(2012.10.25)

전자책 관련 이야기 2012. 10. 25. 05:21

2012년 10월 25일(목).. 아마존 킨들스토어! 드디어 일본에 정식 오픈했다.


"이번 일본에서의 론칭은 아시아권에선 정식 오픈이다. 초기 5만종이면 적은 느낌이지만 베스트셀러와 만화 소싱에 주력하고 있다는 점은 아마존의 전략적 선택이 어떤 방향인지 잘 보이는 대목이다. 우선 양보다는 질로 승부하면서 출판사 파트너십을 더 늘릴 것으로 본다. 세로쓰기와 읽기를 지원하는 뷰어의 퀄리티를 상당히 신경썼을 것이다. 라쿠텐-코보에 대한 고객들의 불만사항도 많이 캐치했고 반영했을 것이다. 암튼, 일본 전자책 시장에 아마존이 정식 오픈했다. 글로벌 시장의 판도에 많은 변화가 있을 것 같다. 한국의 전자책과 출판유통 업계는 이제 더 '강 건너 불구경'만 할 수 없는 시점이 되었다.


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전자책 타이틀 5만권, 만화 1만5천권 서비스 / 계약 출판사는 젠토사 ,카도가와, 고단샤, 신쵸사 등 / 베스트셀러 중심으로 집중 확보 / 일본 특유의 우측 세로 쓰기와 읽기를 지원하는 뷰어 탑재


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킨들 페이퍼화이트는 8,480엔(약 11만8천원), 킨들파이어HD는 15,800엔(약 22만원), 킨들파이어는 12,800엔(약 17만8천원) / 킨들페이퍼화이트는 11월 19일부터 배송가능 (사전예약주문 가능) / 킨들파이어HD 구매자는 1일 무료배송 가능, 인스턴트 비디오 사용은 아직 불가 / KDP(Kindle Direct Publishing)는 조만간 론칭 예정


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일본 전자책 시장이 아마존을 통해서 어떤 변화가 있을지 올 12월까지 보면 대략의 윤곽이 나올 것 같음 


"이번 일본에서의 론칭은 아시아권에선 정식 오픈이다. 초기 5만종이면 적은 느낌이지만 베스트셀러와 만화 소싱에 주력하고 있다는 점은 아마존의 전략적 선택이 어떤 방향인지 잘 보이는 대목이다. 우선 양보다는 질로 승부하면서 출판사 파트너십을 더 늘릴 것으로 본다. 세로쓰기와 읽기를 지원하는 뷰어의 퀄리티를 상당히 신경썼을 것이다. 라쿠텐-코보에 대한 고객들의 불만사항도 많이 캐치했고 반영했을 것이다. 암튼, 일본 전자책 시장에 아마존이 정식 오픈했다. 글로벌 시장의 판도에 많은 변화가 있을 것 같다. 한국의 전자책과 출판유통 업계는 이제 더 '강 건너 불구경'만 할 수 없는 시점이 되었다.


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<아마존재팬 메인 페이지> : 제프 베조스의 싸인이 인상적이다. 



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Amazon Launching New eBook Store in Japan October 25th

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Amazon will launch their new eBook Store in Japan starting October 25th! This will include over 50,000 Japanese-language Kindle books, the largest number of Oricon best sellers and over 15,000 manga titles. The company will also bring their Kindle Fire HD Tablet and Kindle Paperwhite e-Reader along for the ride.

“After twelve years of selling print books on Amazon.co.jp, we are excited to offer the millions of Amazon.co.jp customers the new Kindle Store, with the largest selection of the books people want to read, the largest selection of Oricon best sellers in books, bunko, and manga, and over 50,000 Japanese-language titles—all available to anyone with a Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Fire, Android phone, Android tablet, iPhone, or iPad,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com Founder and CEO. “Kindle Paperwhite is the Kindle e-reader we have always wanted to build—it has 62% more pixels and 25% higher contrast than the previous generation Kindle, built-in front light, perfect for reading in bed or in sunlight, even thinner, with 8 weeks of battery life.”

Amazon is secured relationships with some of Japan’s largest publishers such as Bungeishunju, Gentosha, Kadokawa, Kodansha, Shinchosha, Shogakukan and Shueisha. This means a ton of popular bestsellers will be available, suchas ; “Mitsukuni Den,” “Tsunagu,” and “Jinsei Ga Tokimeku Katazuke No Maho 2” and works from authors such as Arimasa Osawa with his entire “Shinjukuzame” series, and Yusuke Kishi with the special limited edition of his best-selling fiction “Shinsekai Yori” only available at Amazon, with a total of 68 exclusive titles. Manga titles include the latest best seller series “Magi”, “Termae Romae”, and the world-famous “Neon Genesis Evangelion,” of which the latest volume # 13 comes out on Nov.2 and is available for digital pre-order only at Amazon.

Russ Grandinetti , the Vice President of Kindle told us in an exclusive interview that the “Kindle Paperwhite will start shipping on November 19. We encourage customers to pre-order now to reserve their place in line.” Since Manga is deeply entrenched in Japan, how can indie authors submit their content? Russ commented that “Independent authors will be able to make their books available in Japanese, with support for the Katakana, Hiragana and Kanji character sets, right to left vertical reading, as well as heavily formatted books like manga.” Speaking of Manga and graphic novels will feel right at home with the Kindle’s ability to focus in on specific panels with their comic book engine.

The digital book scene in Japan has really grown up in the last few years. Ever since Sony re-entered the market successfully, publishers have been warming up to the idea of eBooks. Awareness in general has steadily been increasing since Kobo launched their own bookstore and readers back in July. How does Amazon intend on competing against numerous companies? Russ said “Customers are going to gravitate to the best customer experience, and we think as soon as they see the devices, content and customer experience we have to offer, they’re going to be very excited.  I’ll add that we’ve been in business in Japan for 12 years, and in that time we’ve worked very hard to offer our customers great selection, great prices and great customer service — customers know to expect those things when they shop on Amazon, and that will continue with Kindle and the Kindle Store.

Finally, KDP Select will not initially be available in Japan, but may be unveiled at a future date. People who buy the Kindle Fire HD will also be able to purchase PRIME membership which will offer free one day shipping but will not gain access to Instant Videos.

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http://goodereader.com/blog/electronic-readers/amazon-launches-new-ebook-store-in-japan/


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Review of the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

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킨들 페이퍼화이트 리뷰.. 계속 보고 보는 중!! 아마존 사이트에선 인터내셔널 쉬핑이 한국쪽은 안된다. 현지구매대행으로 살까? 암튼.. 


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Review of the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite


Amazon has finally commercially released one of the few e-readers in the world that let you read in any circumstance. The company has been actively developing their new Paperwhite for over six months and it will hit the USA market on October 26th. How does this device stand up to the competition and how does it truly rank in the grand scheme of eBook readers?

Hardware

The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite fixes a six inch e-ink Pearl display with tremendous resolution. You are looking at a very solid 1024×768, which is on par with the Kobo Glo, in terms of text and pictures looking very crisp. It runs on a 800 MHZ CPU processor and has 512 MB of RAM. The Paperwhite has a full touchscreen interface and the company has done away with the home and manual page turn buttons. Ironically, the only button that this unit has is the power/standby on the bottom.

Amazon has maintained the same type of glowing LED lights built into the bezel as the Kobo Glo does. The both emit light from the bottom of the screen via 4 small lights that distribute illumination evenly on the screen. This gives you a way better viewing experience then the Nook Simple Touch with Glowlight, that emits light from the top.

In a side by side comparison with the Kobo Glo and Nook Simple Touch with Glowlight, there is simply no contest. The Kindle Paperwhite has the best e-Reader in the business and the glowing feature is almost pure white. Both Kobo and B&N give you a blueish tinge that sometimes gives you a weird contrast and saturation effect on cover art and images.

The one odd thing about the Paperwhite is that the glowing function is never truly off, you can turn it down all the way with the option in the main menu interface. Even in complete darkness it still emits a little bit of light, when you turn it into standby mode, it completely disappears. Despite all of this, you still retain around two solid months of battery life and you can eek out a bit more by turning the wireless internet access off.

There are 2 GB of internal storage, but realistically you have access to around 1.4 GB once you account for the operating system and the books loaded in by default. If you have made past purchased from Amazon and sync all of your new content it will decrease even further. There is no expandable memory via SD Card, so you will have to rely on the Amazon Cloud to store the books you are no longer reading and physically delete them from your device. If you have made any notes, highlights or other customized things while reading, this is retained when you store it in the cloud.

Hardware wise, this unit is very slick and surpasses any other pure e-ink based reader that the company has ever produced. It is tremendously responsive in all common menu interactions and browsing the bookstore.

Software

Amazon has completely absolved physical buttons and decided to gravitate towards a pure touchscreen experience. There is a persistent navigation bar on the top of the screen which allows you to access the home, glow, bookstore, search and settings. This top menu normally is event in all of the menus and sub-menus you may visit, which builds some stability in where everything is located.

The main home screen has undergone a tremendous revision from previous iterations of the Kindle e-Reader. In the past, you have received a chronological listing of the most recently loaded on read books on your system. The new home screen shows you cover art of the last few books you read or collections of books you have made. Below that are books showcased by Amazon, such as Kindle Singles or Kindle Series. The books displayed are based on your prior browsing or purchase history.  You can also access books stored in the cloud or located on your device.  I found that all of  your daily functions are accessed in one or two clicks. This makes doing all your normal tasks very easy, without getting buried in sub-menus.

This e-Reader is very internationally friendly and has a myriad of supported languages to customize the UI. You can set your default language to Dutch, English, Spanish, French, Italian, Chinese, and Portuguese. There is also 8 dictionaries that are automatically inserted into your Cloud account. This is tremendously useful because when you read a book, you can translate a specific word or series of words from one language into another. This is a critical new feature that will appeal towards people learning a new language or in an academic environment.

In many households there are normally one or two e-Readers and people share them with each other. There are strong parental controls on the Paperwhite that allow you to disable access to the internet, store or access to the cloud. Making your own collections further elevates this reader into a family friendly unit.

The Kindle Store remains consistent with the Amazon Kindle 4 and prior models. The interface is normally the same and you have around 1.5 million books to purchase. Unlike their competition, most popular books can be found in one or two clicks only. There is a strong emphasis on Kindle Series, Kindle Singles, Lending Library and their bestsellers.

When you click on a book you are greeted with one of the slickest ways to present the details. It really ascetically draws many parallels with the web based version. You see the cover art, user reviews, related books, ratings, Editors reviews, and if the book is compatible with X-Ray.

This reader is brimming with features; from playing games to surfing the internet. One of the cool things about the browser is that you can disable pictures, java and other elements from loading. There is also a feature to just capture the text from a page, so you can read it like a book. If you are a big fan of RSS or reading Blogs, you can use the popular “Send to Kindle” browser add-on for your PC/MAC and send tons of stuff directly to your Kindle.

From a pure software point of view, the Paperwhite is a culmination of six years of e-Readers into one of the well-rounded devices on the planet,  it puts all others on notice.

Reading Experience

The Amazon Kindle Paperwhite reads a myriad of eBook formats, including; AZW, PRC, Mobi, TXT, HTML and RTF. It does not handle the industry standard EPUB format, so you will be hard-pressed to buy content from other stores. When you purchase an Amazon device, you are effectively locked into their ecosystem, but sometimes isn’t a bad thing.

There are two eBook formats the Paperwhite handles really well, PDF and Kindle Books. The process in which you customize your reading experience is drastically alterted based on the format of book you are reading.

First and foremost this latest device from Amazon is an eBook reader. If you purchase books from Amazon you get to enjoy all the extra features that make it unique. X-Ray is a popular program that gives you a run down of all the characters in a book, when they were directly referenced and even the dialog they have made. This not only applies to people, but places too. This is handy if you start reading a book and come back to it later. You can instantly familerize yourself with the main cast and what is happening in any given chapter.  X-Ray only works with books purchased from Amazon and not books you load in yourself.

Whether  you are sideloading books or buying them from Amazon the eBook experience remains fairly consistent. You can choose between eight different font types and sizes, to find your optimal comfort zone. You can then change the line spacing and margins, this works with purchased/sideloaded books.

While reading, you can long-press on a specific word or series of books and do a ton with it. You can make your own notes, which are quickly referenced for later, highlights are also a popular method to jot down what is important. You can then send this all to Facebook or Twitter, and share with the world on something that strikes a cord with you.  Anything you highlight or make a note of is retained in the Amazon Cloud once you sync it, so you can have all  your notes and highlights on the iPad version of Amazon Kindle.

One of the coolest new features found on the Paperwhite is the ability to instantly translate words. When you select a specific word the dictionary automatically appears to give you the definition.  When clicking on MORE you can translate these words to 12 different languages.

The PDF experience is very unique and allows you to easily pinch and zoom to find your comfort zone. You can also elect to double tap on the document and it automatically reflows the text. PDF viewing is best made in Landscape mode, which can be accessed via the settings menu. I found most image heavy things look noticeably better in this perspective.

The high resolution display really makes complex PDF files with images look really great. The text on both  PDF and other eBook types look phenomenal and crisp. There are tons of options to really augment your reading experience and changes you make are persistent across the entire Amazon ecosystem.

Our Thoughts

During the last five years we have seen the e-Reader industry mature in a very short period of time. Since we started to review Readers back when the Kindle 2 first came out, we have seen the rise of Barnes and Noble, Kobo and many indie companies. The technology is constantly being refined and price lowered to make it more accessible to the public. The Kindle Paperwhite is currently the apex of what all e-Readers aspire to be.

The Amazon ecosystem is currently the best on the planet when it comes to purely e-ink based readers. There are millions of free and paid books, newspapers, magazines, kids books and self-published content. With the agency model abolished the electronic book is becoming more cost efficient.  Some people might not want to get themselves locked into any one company and prefer to be more agnostic about it, and that’s fine. The Kindle system is currently the best in the world, and as a reader you can’t do much better.

In direct comparisons with the Kobo Glo and Nook Simple Touch, the glowing screen on the Paperwhite is the best there is. It gives a pure white illuminated screen, while everyone else gives you more of a bluish hue. You will notice this yourself on our YOUTUBE Comparison of these devices. (up soon)

In the end, this is simply the most fully featured e-ink based reader we have ever reviewed. It has the best resolution in its class, best illuminated screen,  expansive ecosystem and handles all book formats very well. It is currently the one to beat.

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http://goodereader.com/blog/electronic-readers/review-of-the-amazon-kindle-paperwhite/





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아마존 킨들 터치, '페이퍼화이트' 백라이트 지원 모델 출시 예정

전자책 관련 이야기 2012. 8. 31. 17:33

Exclusive: meet the Amazon Kindle with 'Paperwhite' backlit display

Along with one or more new Kindle Fires, we're expecting refreshed E Ink models in Amazon's e-reader line at the company's Los Angeles event next week as well. One of those appears to be a refreshed Kindle Touch — the button below the display is gone, and the bezel has changed from light to very dark gray. The overall shape of the product and the location of the USB port and power switch appear to be essentially unchanged. From the images we have, it looks like Amazon will be touting the unit with "higher contrast, high resolution, integrated lighting, and eight weeks of battery life," even when using the light. The retail name for this unit is unclear — Amazon could simply call it the Kindle Touch again, but "Paperwhite" might factor in as well.

Speaking of Paperwhite, this seems to be a reference to the unit's improved display over the so-called Pearl E Ink that Amazon has been using since the third-generation Kindle. Many users, though, are likely to be more excited about the backlight — this particular product is almost certainly designed to be the answer to Barnes & Noble's Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight introduced earlier this year.

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