Months ago it was rumoured than an eBook service would be coming to Nintendo’s consoles, but for ages those rumours remained as nothing but. However, the Japanese publication “Nikkei” is reporting that this will finally be the case in Japan from 20th October.
Known as “Bookstore Anywhere”, the service will be launched by Librica, TOSE and major Japanese publishers Kodansha, Shueisha, Shogakukan and Kadokawa Shoten. All four of those publishers are known, among other things, for being major publishers of Japanese anime, manga and light novels (with Shueisha being the owner of the world famous “Shonen Jump” brand). One of the service’s shareholders, ASCII Media Works is famous for its “Dengeki Bunko” imprint, which includes popular titles such as “A Certain Magical Index”, “Baccano!”, “Shakugan no Shana”, “Sword Art Online” and “Toradora!”.
The application will be a free download when it hits the Japanese eShop, with over 100 manga titles available to purchase from launch. The series will also later add light novels to its service, as well as other non-manga magazines.
Although the odds of such a service coming over to the west are slim (if not impossible), would you like to see something similar here?