Japanese Bookstore Beats Amazon to the Punch


In what can aptly be described as a preemptive strike against online retailers like Amazon, major Japanese bookstore chain Kinokuniya bought up to 90% of the first print run of Haruki Murakami’s latest book of essaysNovelist as a Vocation. A Kinokuniya representative had this comment to offer:

To rival online book retailers, bookstores across the country now need to join hands in efforts to reinvigorate the conventional book distribution market.

Victor Luo is a graduate of UC Davis's MA in Creative Writing program specializing in fiction. He lives in Los Angeles where he loves never having to be cold. More from this author →