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E-Publication Sales Up 28 Pct in Jan.-June amid Virus Crisis

E-Publication Sales Up 28 Pct in Jan.-June amid Virus Crisis

   Tokyo, July 27 (Jiji Press)--Sales of electronic publications in Japan in January-June are estimated to have grown 28.4 pct from a year before to 176.2 billion yen, industry data showed Monday.
   E-publications attracted demand during stay-home requests amid the new coronavirus crisis while many bookstores were forced to suspend operations or shorten operating hours, analysts said.
   Estimated sales of electronic comic publications rose 33.4 pct to 151.1 billion yen, according to the Research Institute for Publications of the All Japan Magazine and Book Publisher's and Editor's Association.
   The growth of the electronic comic market was partly led by the popularity of "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba" manga series, according to the institute.
   E-book sales rose 15.1 pct to 19.1 billion yen, but sales of electronic magazines dropped 17.8 pct to 6 billion yen, according to the estimates.

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