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Amazon Japan going directly to publishers for select books

E-commerce titan to bypass wholesaler for faster delivery

Amazon Japan seeks to streamline the distribution channels for online book orders.

TOKYO -- Amazon Japan will soon stop using major book wholesaler Nippon Shuppan Hanbai for some of the titles its sells online and instead get them directly from the publishers.

The e-commerce giant already handles a much wider variety of publications than any physical bookstore can offer, but to make that business more efficient and deliver books faster to customers, it appears to be accelerating its strategy of bypassing wholesalers and working directly with publishers.

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