Vertical gets bought

Just spotted an article in the Nikkei online (it’s here, but who knows how long that will last) about what’s happening at Kōdansha. A new president has taken office, the seventh straight from the Noma clan (which founded the firm in 1909), things like that. But this was eye-catching:

その一環として同日、大日本印刷と共同で翻訳出版のバーティカル(東京・中央)の買収を発表。バーティカルが翻訳した講談社の書籍やマンガを、大日印が協力会社を通じて米国で印刷・製本し、米国で流通させる体制を整える。

The new president said that his company would be putting more resources into digital publishing and global business, and then announced this. Kōdansha and Dai Nippon Printing have teamed up to buy Vertical. The plan is now to have Vertical translate Kōdansha’s manga and other titles, which DNP will print and market in the United States via its partners there. Should be interesting to follow this development.

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