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Going Digital

In February 2013, Forest River Press shifted to digital publishing only and is happy to announce its first e-book Thursdays in Yokohama by Wm. Penn, which is now available in Amazon stores around the world. (You can check out the book and sample the first few pages at the Amazon.com Kindle Store here and at the amazon.co.jp store here.)

DON’T HAVE A KINDLE? That’s not a problem. You can download FREE Amazon software so you can read any Kindle store e-book on your home computer (PC or Mac), iPad, smart phone, BlackBerry or other devices. Get the details and the download from Amazon here.

WHAT DO E-BOOKS OFFER THE READER? The ability to have instantaneous and inexpensive reading material at your fingertips. Plus you can declutter your book shelf and help save a few trees in the process. Need that novel or how-to manual NOW? You will have it in two seconds. The best part is that e-books are so reasonably priced. Without having to invest in paper, ink and traditional distribution channels, independent publishers can offer their work at incredibly low prices.  There is no way I could have published Thursdays in Yokohama for $3.95 (or ¥387) in a paper version. E-books have turned the traditional publishing world playing field upside down and it’s a whole new ball game for readers and writers alike. Continue reading

Memories of Donald Richie

I was very much saddened to read of the death of Donald Richie on February 19, 2013 in Tokyo at age 88. He was the greatest of the early postwar generation of expat Japan experts, commonly referred to as “the old Japan hands.” Although Richie, the author of some 40 books (and 50 years of Japan Times columns), was best known for his work on Japanese film, his body of work was all the more impressive because his writings consistently maintained a clear vision. He was neither an apologist for Japan nor a bitter critic. He was able to write perceptively about both Japan and himself with exceptional honesty and clarity. Among all the obituaries and tributes to his professional career, I’d like to take a moment to recall what a kind, humble and generous person he was. Continue reading