ヒステリアン・ケース中文版

Kindle連載でお楽しみいただいている『UNDERGROUND MARKET-ヒステリアン・ケース』だが、今日から中国語への翻訳作業が始まった。

翻訳にあたるのは『Gene Mapper -core-』の台湾・中国エージェントをお願いしているWanderer、翻訳者は神楽坂雯麗。Wandererは自社サイトの書店binb、電子書籍販売ストアReadmooをはじめ、Google Plays、iBookstore、Kindleでの電子書籍出版を手がけている、台湾の独立系電子書籍企業だ。日本のVoygerとも関係が深く、Webブラウザーで読む書店binbのエンジンは同社のBinBを使っている。代表のBobby氏は台湾EPUB界を代表する人物の一人でもあり、私の友人だ。

Screen Shot 2013-11-01 at 1.01.23人口が2,500万人に満たない台湾の電子書籍事情は日本と大きく異なる。iBookstoreやGoogle Playsはあるが、E-inkを用いた電子書籍リーダーを擁する最大のプラットフォーム、AmazonのKindleが入ってこないのだ。E-inkが台湾の企業であることを考えると極めて皮肉なことである。今年の末か来年にはKoboが参入するが、それまで台湾には専用の電子書籍リーダーを使って読書ができない環境が続く。

そんな厳しい環境の中でWandererは第一号書籍として『Gene Mapper -core』を掲げてくれている。横に並ぶのは名作『華氏451度』の繁体中文版だ。レイ・ブラッドベリの手によるこの作品は、台湾で長らく絶版であった。ブラッドベリが危惧した政府による焚書ではなく、小さな市場故の絶版だ。その作品を、Bobby氏は蘇らせている。

このラインナップの中に、私の作品をまた並べていただけるというのだ。なんと嬉しいことだろうか。

また、Bobby氏は中国本土の「唐茶」という電子書籍出版社へも『Gene Mapper -core』を卸してくれている。『UNDERGROUND MARKET -ヒステリアン・ケース』も、中国本土へ渡っていくことになるだろう。

オリンピックを控えた2018年の東京を駆ける三人の物語が、海の向こうの読者にどのように受け入れられるのか、今から楽しみで仕方がない。出版開始、という続報が出たら、また報告したい。

Kindle Serials in Japan

Localized Kindle Serials “Kindle Ren-Sai(連載)” started for Japanese amazon customer in last friday.
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For customer, service seems to be similar for Kindle Serials. Serial published article will be sent automatically onto your Kindle devices, apps and … opus, Kindle Cloud Reader and Kindle Desktop App had not been supported Japanese. 18 works were set on Kindle Ren-Sai lineup. This number is similar for Kindle Serials at Amazon.com also. I tell what is differ from Amazon.com not is same with.

Almost works at Kindle Ren-Sai are provided by Japanese publishers, not by Amazon Publishing. Amazon Publishing had not started business for asian region, then Kindle Japan did not started Kindle Singles but decided to start Kindle Serials with partner publisher. Then many Kindle Ren-Sai works are not exclusive for Kindle (My “UNDER GROUND MARKET – Hysterian case” is only exclusive for Kindle).

Price, volume and genre are differ from Kindle Serials of Amazon.com. 9 literary works, 5 comics and 4 journal are published. Price-range are wide, most expensive one is 1,300 yen ($13) and lowest is my work 200 yen ($2) and one free trial public-domain work.

I don’t know why Amazon Japan decided to start not by Kindle Singles, not by their owning contents, but their decision pushes various works at launch term.

Anyway, I’m looking forward to enjoy many different type of work at this service.

Kindle Serials’ first lineup in Japan

In 25th October 2013, Amazon Japan started Kindle Serials for Japanese market. And my work “UNDER GROUND MARKET – Hysterian case” was listed on the first list.

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This novel is the earlier days story of  ”UNDER GROUND MARKET” which was published from Asahi Shinbun Shuppan in Dec 2012.

In 2018 Tokyo, thousands of refugee had started to live in Japan by TPP condition forced free to worker moving.  And virtual money infrastructure was used not only by these refugee but by Japanese young people.  Takumi who is web-developper was finding job to connect virtual currency shopping cart onto retail stores….

Price is 200-yen. And length is 100 Japanese manuscript papers which contains 400 letters box.  It’s short novel, but I think this length should be suite this story.

For Japanese Kindle Serials is well-localized.  Amazon Japan does not have publisher department, then they offer publisher to publish serials from their lists.  I was offered from a publisher Asahi Shinbun Shuppan which is group company of Japanese leading news paper company (You may think it’s strange that journal company has entertainment one, but it’s normal in Japanese publishing culture.)

Then, Kindle Serials Japanese service solves many type of serial works, novel, comic, essay and journal.

Anyway, my latest work had been shipped in ceremonial position.

UNDER GROUND MARKET series will tell tangible life in coming future.

rumor image for Apple products

I made an illustration for Japanese most “reliable” Apple reporter Macotakara.  And you may see following image on AppleInsider or so.

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This illustration is based on a rumor which predict coming low-cost iPhone will have 5 color models as same variation of iPhone Bumper and cased with plastic case.

The last plastic iOS device is iPhone 3G generation, but current Apple’s design seems not to allow that loose fit design for iPhone, I thought.  Casted plastic should have bump on it’s surface by shrinking, then Apple cut inside of iPhone 3G case in fact.  Then I modeled this 3D object as if case-base was casted and then was cut holes with CNC cutter.

And next, I planed correct lighting for this multiple colored plastic case.  Because current iOS device is made by aluminum, layout of light is for reflective materials.  Visible light source should be placed for these make gradation with blurring on its’ surface, not for shading these luminosity.

Then I planed light from zero as if Apple’s marketing designer do.  Finally I made lighting plan with circle highlight as following.

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華氏451度 繁体中文

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レイ・ブラッドベリの『華氏451度』がついに繁体中文の電子書籍で登場しました。翻訳は高英哲氏、そして出版人はWandererのBobbyさんです。

この名作の翻訳は過去に台湾の出版社から翻訳されていましたが、15年以上もの間増版がかからず「絶版」という状態でした。書籍のないディストピアを描いた作品は、政府の手によってではなく、冷たい市場の方程式によって台湾では目にすることができなくなっていたのです。

今回、Bobbyさんはこの名著を電子書籍で蘇らせることにしました。人口が2,500万人にも満たない台湾での試みです。

私も彼の試みに賛同し、出版契約書の査読や出資という形でお手伝いをさせていただきました。

中国語が読めるご友人へ知らせていただけるとうれしく思います。

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