Publishing Intel from RAND Corporation

In Digital by Daniel Kalder

By Daniel Kalder SANTA MONICA: For over 60 years now the RAND Corporation has carried out research and analysis for governments, organizations, and institutions around the world. Famously, it was the work of Dr. Herman Kahn — a RAND employee –- that provided the seed for the military doctrine of Mutually Assured Destruction (Kahn was lampooned by Peter Sellers in …

Best of Publishing Perspectives 2010: Middle East and China

In Growth Markets by Hannah Johnson

Markets like China and others in the Middle East have shown that they have huge capacity for growth and can offer opportunities to Western publishing companies. In order for you to get to know these markets better, here are our top articles on China and the Middle East from 2010. China The E-reader Market in China (And Its Unique Business …

Tell Us About the Top App and E-book Developers in Your Country

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Here at Publishing Perspectives we’ve covered app and e-book developers in some far-off lands — Romania, Indonesia (Equinox is a major iApp developer) and, as featured in today’s lead story, New Zealand. In this digital age, writers, authors and publishers are looking to work with the top talent wherever they can find them. We too are lookout for …

Asia’s Literary Writers Now – Quietly – Demand Your Attention!

In Guest Contributors & Editorial by Guest Contributor

Asia Literary Review managing editor Duncan Jepson discusses the five year history of his magazine, why Westerners sometimes struggle to comprehend Asian writing, and why it’s important to see beyond China. Editorial by Duncan Jepson When we launched the Asia Literary Review five years ago, it was still a Western World and Asia, regardless of 5,000 years of history, was …

Do Contemporary Asian Writers Suffer a Lack of Prestige in the West?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Recently, a publisher told me at the Guadalajara Book Fair that Spanish-language writers suffer a lack of prestige when compared with German, French and English-speaking writers. It was, said the publisher, a consequence of history. Does the same hold true for Asian writers? For example, when you look at the number of writers from the East who have …

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 Guest Contributors & Editorial 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, …