DNP to Market On-Demand Book Service with MaruzenJunkudo Bookstores and honto.jp

Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. (DNP) will market an on-demand book service for hard-to-find books, in units as small as single orders for books yet to be reprinted, or books out-of-print. The new service will commence July 1, and will be marketed through the Ikebukuro, Tokyo main outlet of JUNKUDO, part of MaruzenJunkudo Bookstores Co., Ltd. (MaruzenJunkudo Bookstores), a DNP Group company, and honto.jp, the DNP internet-based mail order service that provides books in both hard copy and e-book formats.

[Service Background]

DNP has been involved in the on-demand book business since March 2001, when the Company leveraged digital data of published materials to launch a service specializing in on-demand books that manufactures, sells and delivers hard-to-find books, in units as small as single orders. This service has been offered as an internet-based book store on Rakuten Ichiba since January 2014. DNP manufactures high quality on-demand books that showcase the Company's accomplishments as a printing company, and also offers deluxe and color editions. In this latest development, in addition to services via Rakuten Ichiba, the on-demand book service for hard-to-find books will also be offered via bricks and mortar bookshops, as well as the honto.jp site with a membership in excess of 2.8 million users as of June, 2015. As a result, DNP will be in a position to offer consumers more opportunities to come into contact with otherwise hard-to-find books. And through these efforts, the Company also seeks to ascertain and test on-demand books needs and sales trends, along with the synergy effects of net-based and bricks and mortar store-based sales, and plans to expand services on Rakuten Ichiba, DNP Group bookstores, and via honto.jp.

[On-Demand Book Sales]

Currently, some 100 book titles, are available in an on-demand format from Impress R&D at bricks and mortar stores operated by MaruzenJunkudo Bookstores, and customers can visit the Ikebukuro, Tokyo main outlet of JUNKUDO and check out the merchandise. Orders for available titles can be filled at MaruzenJunkudo Bookstores throughout Japan.

At present, some 170 titles are offered in an on-demand format by Impress R&D via honto.jp, and it is planned to expand the line-up to cover the entire on-demand Impress R&D catalogue with an outstanding 2,800 titles as of June 2015, including digital-first format e-books.

[Forward Looking Events]

In cooperation with publishing companies, DNP will enhance the on-demand line up to include various genres, such as books, photo collections and comic books. Other service enhancements include expanding the number of DNP group bookstore outlets that market on-demand books, and the Company aims for sales of 200 million yen by FY 2019.

 

* Product prices, specification and service contents mentioned in this news release are current as of the date of publication. They may be changed at any time without notice.