Japanese people are not buying books, as much as in the past. But writing is still flourishing, albeit in other forms.
Short novels can be bought and downloaded to your cell phone in Japan. The novels can't be resold, but the plots are not too varied.
I suppose that cell phone usage costs are lower over there than in the U.S. If I did this, my cell phone bill would be astronomical.
It's interesting to see how technology is being used to advance reading.
More details on this trend here!