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Japan’s Manga Market Grows 0.4% in 2016, Digital Sees 27.5% Increase

19 March 2017

From Anime News Network:

The All Japan Magazine and Book Publisher’s and Editor’s Association (AJPEA) released a report on February 24 that estimated that the combined physical and digital sales of the manga industry in Japan amounted to 445.4 billion yen (about US$3.91 billion) in 2016, a 0.4% growth compared to the previous year’s 443.7 billion yen (about US$3.89 billion). The combined sales of both physical and digital approach 2008’s 448.3 billion yen (about US$3.93 billion) total.

Sales of print manga volumes amounted to 194.7 billion yen (about US$1.71 billion) in 2016, a 7.4% decrease from the previous year, while sales of manga magazines amounted to 101.6 billion yen (about US$892 million), a 12.9% decrease from the previous year. The combined 296.3 billion yen (about US$2.60 billion) total of print sales of manga from both compiled book volumes and magazines saw a 9.3% decrease from last year. This the 15th year in a row to mark a decline in sales for manga’s print market. The print-only market is now about half of what it was in the mid-1990s.

However, sales of digital manga volumes amounted to 146 billion yen (about US$1.28 billion), a 27.1% increase from the previous year, while sales of digital manga magazines amounted to 3.1 billion yen (about US$27.24 million), a 55% increase from the previous year. The combined 149.1 billion yen (about US$1.31 billion) total of digital sales of manga from both compiled book volumes and magazines saw a 27.5% increase from last year.

Link to the rest at Anime News Network and thanks to Eugene for the tip.

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2 Comments to “Japan’s Manga Market Grows 0.4% in 2016, Digital Sees 27.5% Increase”

  1. So much for digital failing to catch on in Japan.

  2. Digital has always been hot in Japan, starting with what they called “chunking” selling my books in segments to be read on phones, long before the rest of the world. I’ve had manga editions for years, my two largest foreign markets being Germany and Japan. I met a group of Japanese fans when they came to Sydney. Way to feel like a rock star!I still get cards from some of the ladies – one said, “I hope you will be more successful in future.” Yeah, me too.

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