ICv2 has word that Kodansha will be releasing a new book called The Otaku Encyclopedia this October. Written by Patrick Galbraith (that would be the former Tokyo resident and otaku tour guide, not the tennis player, programmer, nor Otaku USA editor Patrick Macias).
The book is reportedly “an insider's guide to the subculture of cool Japan,” and although it offers a translation of this as a subtitle in Japanese, I don't think it actually has been printed in Japanese originally. Frederik L. Schodt, a manga scholar best known for his works with Tezuka (including his book, The Astro Boy Essays), has written the foreword.
The 248-page book book will retail at $19.95 and features 124 color pages and 150 photos, which kind of makes you wonder what fills all those other pages, doesn't it? The answer to that repotedly being in-depth information on maid cafes, moe, interviews of everyone from Takashi Murakami to Shoko-tan, etc.
Hmm...$19.95 seems a little steep, but I think I'll probably check it out. How about you?