Founded in 1896, Shinchosha Publishing Company releases general literature, fiction, non-fiction, fine arts, philosophy, dictionaries, and Mangas. It also sponsors the Four Shincho Prizes (Shincho Yonsho), which incluide the Fantasy Novel award.
President Takanobu Sato runs the family-owned company in its fourth generation.
Key company developments in 2011 & 1st half year 2012
Ownership, mergers & acquisition, internal organization:
In March 2007, the publisher launched Com2, Japan's first monthly digital subscription magazine to be distributed through mobile phones. The monthly subscription fee is 350 JPY. According to Shinchosha, English and Chinese versions of the magazine were planned for the future. The magazine is available for online subscription via eBookJapan.
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Note: Figures are based on sales generated in calendar 2011 or—for corporations with a fiscal year—from fiscal 2011. Data are from publicly available sources and include sales of books, journals, and digital products. Because publishing data were unavailable, Pannini and Disney/Hyperion are excluded from the rankings. The listing and publisher profiles were compiled by international publishing consultant Rudiger Wischenbart under the aegis of Livres Hebdo.