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Amazon dives into Japanese audiobook market

TOKYO -- will bring its subscription audiobook service to Japan on Tuesday, making a large entry into a small market.

     Amazon's subsidiary, U.S. audiobook producer and distributor Audible, will run the service. Memberships cost 1,500 yen ($12.15) per month, with an initial 30-day free trial period, and feature a selection of a few thousand titles to start. Audible plans to boost that figure by this fall to more than 10,000 titles, including novels, business books, recorded storytelling performances and works from other genres.

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