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September 04, 2002

New Online Service For Translators

TranNet, a translator placement company and subsidiary of ALC Press, is to launch an online service for translators of English books. Many foreign publishers and copyright management companies are interested in cashing in on the recent boom in translated English books. In the last few years, titles such as the "Harry Potter" series and "Who Moved My Cheese" have topped the domestic best-sellers list. But translated books still only account for 7% of total annual publications in Japan. The new web site will allow foreign publishers to place a synopsis of their title and an evaluation of its market prospects (based on things like topicality and popular appeal), and translators will be able to access this and other information in Japanese.

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