line managed to outsell the iPod in Japan earlier in the
year, proving that Japan is still Sony dominated in many ways. The
company's struggles globally have been well documented, and particularly
in North America, they have been struggling to return to the prime
position they had held for so long before the recession.
But now, Sony's going back to their roots. The company will reportedly
(based on an Reuters report) re-enter the Japanese e-book market before
Christmas, and that will also include the opening of an online bookstore
offering 20,000 titles. Nearly all of those titles will be in Japanese,
but Sony intends to have it all in place and operational by the
"year-end shopping rush."
The Sony Reader e-book will go on sale Dec. 10 for around 20000 Yen (5")
or 25000 Yen for a 6" model. Sony's hoping to sell 300,000 e-readers in
their first year, and even more, they hope to win "half the domestic
market" by 2012. Those are fairly monumental aspirations, but if there's
a market anywhere Sony can dominate, it's Japan. No telling if the Kindle
will eat away at their desires, though.