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Amazon bringing unlimited e-reading to Japan

TOKYO -- Amazon Japan begins offering unlimited access to e-books, manga and periodicals Wednesday via monthly subscriptions, but the limited availability of new releases and hit titles looks to keep conventional digital sales brisk.

Subscribers to the Amazon.com unit's Kindle Unlimited service will have access to more than 120,000 Japanese titles, around a quarter of those available for purchase on the Kindle e-bookstore, for 980 yen ($9.69) a month. More than 1.2 million titles in other languages are included as well. The service is compatible with such devices as smartphones, tablets and personal computers.

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