Selling Canadian Books in Japan (2020)

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Our updated market guide, Selling Canadian Books in Japan: A Guide for Canadian Publishers (3rd edition) presents a comprehensive overview of today’s book market in Japan, including updates since our previous report in 2014, and highlights the most relevant changes and developments for Canadian publishers wishing to grow their business in Japan.

The report is presented in two sections examining the Japanese-language publishing (washo) market and the imported book (yosho) market, and includes:

  • General information on the Japanese book market
  • Information on translation rights sales
  • Opportunities in adult and children’s trade, academic books, and English Language Teaching (ELT)
  • How to get noticed for major literary awards and prizes
  • The library market
  • Appendices with key company profiles and contact information
  • And much more!

This guide is based on multiple Japanese-language print and online sources, available English-language sources, interviews with industry experts, and the expertise and experience of the two authors.

About the Authors

Mark Gresham has over 25 years of experience in academic, educational, and visual book distribution in Japan as President of United Publishers Services and Managing Director of MHM Limited. He has also been a member of the Board of Directors of the Japan Association of Imported Publications (JAIP) for over 20 years and has served as its Executive Director for eight years.

Frank Foley has lived and worked in Japan for over 30 years. His publishing experience spans Japanese-language and imported books across general trade (fiction and non-fiction), children’s, YA, ELL, and manga in both print and digital. He has served as Managing Director for HarperCollins for over 10 years, and has run Japanese licensing programs, including publishing for kids’ brands such as Thomas & Friends, Bob the Builder, and Guinness World Records. Frank is fluent in Japanese and has an extensive network among Japanese publishers and the media.

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