The Japanese Agency of Cultural Affairs conducted an experiment in regards to e-books to analyse the patterns of distribution for better usage. The project working group choose 13 titles from the National Diet Library's digital archive to experientally work through the process of creating e-books including licensing and distribution to clarify existing issues and find better solutions for them.
8 out of 13 titles were selected with the consideration of past access records, variety and uniqueness of the contents, while the rest of the 5 titles were selected from the titles to be translated to promote modern Japanese literature. The group of 13 authors are famous Japanese writers, poets and artists, including Akutagawa Ryunosuke, Miyazawa Kenji and Natsume Soseki. Each e-book was created using the first edition, adding historical value to each of the titles. They were available to download from February 1 till March 3, 2013 at a special project page on the Kinokuniya Books site. The page is already closed as of the end of experiment period.
Sounds legit, right?
The experiment closed on March 3rd and the results are in. The most downloaded digital book is "ERO ERO Soushi (Erotic Erotic Book)" by Sakai Kiyoshi (11,749 downloads).
Banned in 1930, this book already holds the title of most accessed digital archive at National Diet Library for 5 consecutive months in 2012. Nothing changed.
The full description of all 13 e-books in English in PDF format is available here.