News Report: Japan Spent 11 Billion Yen on E-Manga in 2006
posted on 2007-11-16 06:32 EST
The media research firm Impress R&D has announced on November 16 that Japan spent about 10.6 billion yen (US$95.7 million) on electronic comics or manga in 2006. The finding was part of a larger study on the electronic book market. About 2.4 billion yen (US$22 million) was spent via personal computers, while about 8.2 billion yen (US$74 million) was spent via mobile devices such as phones.
According to Impress, Japan had only spent 3.4 billion yen (US$31 million) on electronic comics in 2005. In that year, 1.1 billion yen (US$9.9 million) was spent via personal computers, while 2.3 billion yen (US$21 million) was spent via mobile devices. The report said that sales of all electronic books totaled 18.2 billion yen (US$164 million) in 2006, compared to 9.4 billion yen (US$85 million) in 2005. Impress began offering its full findings in a publication called "Electronic Comic Business Research Report 2007" on November 13.
The Digital Content Association of Japan reported different numbers in its findings in this area in August. However, both studies agree that spending on all electronic books increased substantially between 2005 and 2006, and that mobile devices accounted for most of the increase.
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