E-book Advocate To Serve As Kodansha’s New President

By Ishaan . February 26, 2011 . 3:28pm

Japanese publisher, Kodansha, will soon have a new president — one who’s an advocate of e-books, report Asashi — in the form of Yoshinobu Noma, son of the company’s current president, Sawako Noma.


Yoshinobu Noma currently serves as the company’s executive vice-president as well as  the representative director of the 43-member Electronic Book Publishers Association of Japan. His mother, Sawako, assumed the post of Kodansha’s president in 1987, which means this will be the first time for Kodansha to see a change in presidency in 24 years.


"Electronic books have the potential to increase the ways in which literary works are read,” Noma said at a press conference in May 2010, regarding e-books. “This would stimulate demand for paper books and revitalize the publishing market, including bookstores.”


As part of the Electronic Book Publishers Association of Japan, Noma, along with 30 other publishers in Japan, has been in discussions with the Japanese government regarding the ramifications of digitization. Noma will succeed his mother come this April, and will be Kodansha’s seventh president to date.


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  • Thats the newest line they could get from him, really, its been nearly a year.

    Kodansha has Fairy Tail, which means that I hope they strengthen their support overseas and brings out the volumes in swift fashion (every month…) so I can continue to read the musings of the monster hunter novel reading guitar playing Hiro Mashima and his phenomenal series of the best dragonslayer ever and the most phenomenal ice mage and perhaps my favorite side character of ALL time (Gray-sama!), Fairy Tail, in English, lol.

  • thaKingRocka

    I like the cut of his jib.

  • Cloud_ST

    Times They Are a-Changin’ indeed.

  • Hope this means that manga is isn’t BL starts appearing on the Kindle soon.

    At least publish manga in a format that can be read by most devices, not just Apple devices. E-ink is perfect for manga and readers are far far more portable than ipads.

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