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Once text could be put in digital form, and dissemination made easy by the Internet, electronic publishing became an exciting prospect. Word processing programs appeared in the middle 1980s, and few offices were without them by 1990. Launched commercially in 1993, the Internet had linked a million machines a year later and has now penetrated most American homes and businesses. Hardware and software continue to improve. The 1998 RocketeBook and the Softbook readers were bought by Gemstar in 2001, who re-engineered them as REB 1100 and REB 1200 machines. Some of today's e-book readers will play music as well, and models under development will be more versatile and comfortable to use. 
 
Everyone agrees that e-publishing is here to stay, and will revolutionize the industry. Dozens of electronic publishers already exist, and many of the larger booksellers already have an e-book department  Random House, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc. One small e-reader can relieve students of their heavy burden of textbooks, and vast areas of the developing world will gain access to information and educational opportunities that were unthinkable before.

Established

July 1986

Purpose

To make electronic publishing popular in Japan and to provide various related information.

Chairman

Mr. Hideki Hasegawa (President of Jiyudenshishuppan Publisher)
Mr. Kanji Maeda (President of Sansyusha Publisher) from 1986 to 1996, for one year during this period, Mr. Keiichiro Tsukamoto (President of Impress, Ltd.)

Purpose

To work on multimedia CD-ROM formatting standards and on a Japanese extension of ISO-9960 (, which was completed in 1990.)
Creation and distribution of JEPA World Font CD with a Unicode kanji-font (in 1996)
Various seminars: 40 times per year

Membership

150 companies (Membership fees: 240 thousand yen per annum)