Lonely Planet’s Ranking of the World’s Greatest Bookshops

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Lonely Planet has put out a top ten list of the world’s greatest bookshops, which is led by San Francisco’s City Lights Books. The top three are rounded-out by Librería El Ateneo Grand Splendid in Buenos Aires and Livraria Lello in Porto. Also on the list, are several stores which we’ve covered here, including London’s Daunt Books, Shakespeare & Co. in …

Publishers Training Abu Dhabi, Day 4: Quality Control, Enhanced E-books

In Arabic Publishing by Guest Contributor

Salwa Shakhshir, a children’s book publisher from Amman, Jordan, attended the second annual Publishers Training program organized by KITAB and The Center for Publishing at New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies in Abu Dhabi. She’s documented her experiences for Publishing Perspectives. Read coverage of Day 1, Day 2, Day 3. By Salwa Shakhshir Our final day of training focused …

Chinese Digital Content Retailer Taobao.com Apologizes for Selling Pirated E-books

In Global Trade Talk by Wuping Zhao

By Wuping Zhao SHANGHAI: It is rare for a Chinese e-commerce website to apologize for what it sells in this country. However, Taohua.com, a website that sells digital content in China, apologized yesterday for selling pirated e-books. The homepage of Taohua.com features a statement saying that the company removed 50,231 pirated e-books from its online offerings on Saturday. Fearing the …

Digital to Represent 20 to 28% of Publishing’s Profits, says Forum d’Avignon/Bain & Co. Report

In Europe by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka A new study, “Publishing in the Digital Era,” commissioned by the Forum d’Avignon and compiled by Bain & Co. states that e-readers, tablets other digital reading devices “could be in the hands of 15 to 20% of the developed world’s population by 2015,” and offers an unprecedented opportunity for publishers and authors. The “redistribution of value among …

Taipei Chain Bookstore Goes to Shanghai

In Global Trade Talk by Wuping Zhao

By Wuping Zhao SHANGHAI: Taipei’s largest bookstore chain Eslite will set up a branch in Shanghai soon, according to a statement given by Robert Wu Ching-Yu, chairman of the bookstore, at the ongoing World Expo in Shanghai last week. Shanghai will be the third Chinese mainland city to have an Eslite bookstore, Robert Wu Ching-yu said. In the past months, …

Asian Publishers Address “The Digital Question” and Forge Fellowship

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Linda Tan Yesterday we offered the first half of our report on the inaugural Asian Publishers Fellowship conference. Today we look at what the publishers said about “the digital question.” A gathering of editors and publishers would not be complete today without a discussion on digital publishing and a forum entitled “The Digital Waves in Publishing: Challenges and Opportunities,” …

In China, American Books are Publishers’ Top Choice

In Global Trade Talk by Wuping Zhao

By Wuping Zhao SHANGHAI: Following the Beijing International Book Fair at the beginning of this month, a report by the Chinese government says that translated books by American authors are still most popular in the country. On September 7th, the General Administration of Press and Publication of China released an annual industry report on the nation’s presses and publications for …

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 …

Asian Publishers Gather in Seoul to Talk Shop, Bestsellers, Digital

In Europe by Guest Contributor

• The first Asian Publishers’ Fellowship program was hosted by the Korean Publishers Society in Seoul earlier this month. The project aims to be a starting point for building a strong Asian publishers network. • Attendees discussed what makes a bestseller, the current business climate and “the digital question.” By Linda Tan SEOUL: The Korean Publishers Society (KOPUS) recently organized …

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 …