Do You Feel Part of a Coherent Global Publishing Community?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s feature article describes a recent conference organized in Seoul by the Korean Publishers Association to discuss publishing issues in the region withe representatives from some 15 countries. The effort was instigated in order to help Asian publishers form a more coherent publishing community. In the piece Malaysian literary agent Linda Tan asks, “Are we seeing an …

China as Market Focus at the London Book Fair in 2012

In Global Trade Talk by Hannah Johnson

From the press release: LONDON, UK, TUESDAY 7th SEPTEMBER, 2010 — The London Book Fair and the General Administration for Press and Publication (GAPP) have marked China as the Market Focus partner of The London Book Fair 2012 at an official signing event attended by Minister Liu Binjie for the General Administration for Press and Publication. The signing event follows …

Mobile Content Pricing and Business Models in China

In Global Trade Talk by Hannah Johnson

By Emma House Emma House attended the Shanghai Exclusive Publishers Trip organized by the Frankfurt Book Fair and Creative Publishing Consulting. She reported on the ereader market in China last week. China is a massive country as we all know, with a vast population living in rural areas. Such areas suffer from a lack of bookstores, limited selection of books, …

The Ereader Market in China (And Its Unique Business Models)

In Global Trade Talk by Hannah Johnson

By Emma House Emma House attended the Shanghai Exclusive Publishers Trip organized by the Frankfurt Book Fair and Creative Publishing Consulting. There are around 40 to 50 hardware manufacturers of ebook readers here in China. Unlike the Western markets, the Chinese market is very hardware-driven. Content however is a different matter. Apart from the publishing houses who have developed their …

Is China a Genuine Opportunity for Western Publishers?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story previews the Beijing International Book Fair, which opens Monday. In particular, we focus on the booming digital segment of this already $150bn book market. Over the past decade, Western publishers have been tentatively courting the Chinese market. Textbook collaborations are numerous, as are publications in the scientific, technical and medical fields. Trade publishers are …

Beijing International Book Fair: E-books and Digital Content Boost China’s $150bn Publishing Media Market (Update)

In Digital by Edward Nawotka

• The Beijing International Book Fair (August 30 through September 3) reflects China’s booming digital publishing business with 2,000 sq. meters of digital exhibits. • Sales of ebooks, downloaded games, apps and other digital content in China hit 80 billion RMB ($11.8 billion) in 2009. By Edward Nawotka UPDATED 8/29: Our initial statistical information stated that the $150bn applied exclusively to …

Steve McCurry’s Photos Capture the Universality, Intimacy of Reading

In Europe by Edward Nawotka

• Steve McCurry, one of the most famous photojournalists in the world, is always on the hunt for the “unguarded moment” — a slice of time that is both personal and honest. He has often found this in moments when people are reading. • “There’s an intimacy people have with a book and its author that is similar, what couples have,” …

Hanvon Begins Publishing Japanese Ebooks in China

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Ed Nawotka A report in the Daily Yomiuri reports that “Tokyo-based media firm Creek & River Co. has signed a contract to supply content to Hanvon Technology Co., the largest producer of e-book readers in China.” Creek & River plans to focus on Japanese titles from “small and mid-sized publishing firms and individuals, including comics, novels and magazine articles” starting …

Japanese E-book Moves: Multiple Collaborative Platforms Planned

In Global Trade Talk by Emily Williams

By Emily Williams Japan’s e-book market, which has been strong on the manga side and for user-created content but nearly non-existent when it comes to traditional prose books, looks like it’s preparing to expand. Last week saw the announcement of a new e-book platform under development from NTT DOCOMO, the country’s largest mobile operator, and Dai Nippon Printing, a large printing company …