A country can reflect the level of culture from the development and freedom of the publishing industry. Japan had led to a vigorously growth in publishing industry after World War II, and been known to world. However, it began to decline after getting to the top in the mid-1990s. In the 21st century, Japanese publishing industry is becoming more diverse, but still can’t save the downturn of industry.
The factors like depopulation, reading habits change, development of technology, etc., are the important factors that may affect the publishing industry. Japan is an advanced country. As one of the most technologically advanced countries of the world, decreasing birth rate is one of the factors that has made impact to the industry. It isn’t discussed here because the decreasing birth rate has force majeure relation with publishing industry. Japanese Publishing Industry can’t resist the social change that occurs in the developing countries. The reading habits change and reading populations decline are associated with the development of technology. Just like the Walkman, games, mobile phones or computers have greatly consumed most of our times.
Since widespread use of computers, technology improvement and innovation have affecting the publishing industry. Affecting publishing industry the most is electronic publishing which appeared by the development of computer software. In a wide sense, electronic publishing is to editing books and magazines by computers or technology products, such as tablet reading devices; in a narrow sense, the publishing of the commercial behavior can be called as electronic publishing. In the paper, I will discuss the effect of developing e-books on Japanese publishing industry. First, I will research recent publications, and then discuss the development of e-books. Finally, I will discuss the development and influence of e-books on Japanese publishing industry.