More Kindle E-Reader Clones Surfacing in Taipei

In Global Trade Talk by Wuping Zhao

By Wuping Zhao SHANGHAI: Mr. Jung-Wen Wang, president of Yuan-liou Publishing company, is not the only publisher to embrace the e-reader market in Taiwan. However, he is leading the way by providing the market with a unique Yuan-Liou Jin Yong Reader, which comes pre-loaded the complete works of Jin Yong (Louis Cha), the most popular kung fu novelist among the …

Hanwang, China’s Largest E-reader Manufacturer, Cooperates with 40 Newspapers

In Global Trade Talk by Wuping Zhao

By Wuping Zhao SHANGHAI: On May 24, while Hanwang e-reader consumers find that they could pay and read Wenhui Pao and Xinmin Evenning News, two of Shanhai’s most popular local dailies, Hanwang, the largest e-reader manufacturer in the country reached agreements with 40 Chinese newspapers. According to Science and Technology Daily based in Beijing, Hanwang is now building a online …

China Mobile to Build China’s Biggest E-bookstore, Reveals Digital Strategy

In Global Trade Talk by Wuping Zhao

By Wuping Zhao SHANGHAI: China Mobile — the world’s largest cell phone carrier — has announced that it was building China’s largest online digital bookstore. The company plans to offer its subscribers 3G wireless access to online publications including digital books, comics, newspapers and magazines — some 60,000 titles in all — and hopes to attract some 200 million users …

Singapore Holds First Children’s “Content” Festival

In Children's by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka This past weekend, the first Asian Festival of Children’s Content was held in Singapore. It may be the first literary festival of it’s kind to replace the word “literature” with “content.” But, hey, Singapore has always viewed itself as a progressive nation-state. Claire Chiang, the festival’s advisory board chairperson, told Publishers Weekly’s Terry Tan: “We have had …

Anchee Min Offers a Chinese Look at Pearl S. Buck

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Ed Nawotka Anchee Min’s new novel Pearl of China re-imagines the life of Nobel Prize-winner Pearl S. Buck (The Good Earth) from a Chinese perspective for what is perhaps the first time. She spoke about the book, which is told from the point of view of a contemporary of Buck, at a recent event at the Asia Society in New York. …

Survey Says: 25% of Chinese Have Read an E-Book

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka The Global Times of China reports on the results of the 7th National Reading Survey in China which indicated that 25% of those surveyed — some 19,000 people — have read a digital book. The survey conducted by the General Administration of Press and Publication (GAPP), the department of the Chinese government that oversees books and publishing, and …

All Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free

In Digital by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka “Copyright holders have the right to price and term the works that they have created, the works that they own. That’s a stake in the ground. I couldn’t do what I do for a living without believing that,” says Tracey Armstrong (pictured right), CEO of the Copyright Clearance Center, in a conversation earlier this week on the …

Is Literature Useful as an Instrument of “Soft Power?”

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In today’s lead story about the Chinese book market, Dr. Luc Kwanten of the Big Apple literary agency says that in recent years China has been promoting the export of its literature — either by supporting translations or participating in book fairs — as an exercise in “soft power.” “Soft power” is itself something of an amorphous …

Has Holden Caulfield Been Supplanted by Lisbeth Salander?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In today’s lead story Big Apple literary agency discusses trying to find another J.D. Salinger in Shanghai. “We are particularly interested in young authors whose books handle contemporary problems in society,” says Dr. Luc Kwanten, co-founder of Big Apple. “When it comes to China, we are looking for writers who were born in the post-Mao era, in …

Bye Bye Twitter, Hello Bubbly

In What's the Buzz by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox Just when you think you’ve mastered Twitter, there’s a new social media network that’s gaining ground, Bubbly. Started by the Silicon Valley and Singapore-based company, Bubble Motion — a global provider of mobile messaging and social media applications, Bubbly is said to act like Twitter, where you can follow your favorite voices using your cellphone. For book …