German Buch News: HMH Expanding to Germany; New Beijing Outpost for German Pubs

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is planning to expand overseas, and in particular into Germany, which it has dubbed “the most important market”, according to Buchreport. Once the company explores the German market further, including the specifics of the German schoolbook market and public school system, it will be seeking publishing and distribution partners. The publisher will focus on …

Bonus Material: Video Interview with China’s Shanda Literature Ltd.

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka At Frankfurt this year, no single company made a bigger first impression on the international marketplace than Shanda Literature Ltd. of Shanghai, China. The online publishing company claims to have accumulated the largest and fastest-growing database of copywritten work in the country—some 2.7 million titles—and is just one year old. We sat down to talk with Shanda …

The Red Piano Won’t Play in China

In Feature Articles by Andrew Wilkins

By Andrew Wilkins When I bought the English language rights to a beautiful children’s picture book, The Red Piano, from French publisher Editions du Sorbier earlier this year, I wasn’t really thinking I would have censorship problems. While the book is a fictional retelling of a real episode from China’s Cultural Revolution, the author is Canadian, the illustrator French and …

IPA Freedom to Publish Chair on China

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

On Wednesday at the Frankfurt Book Fair, Norwegian publisher Bjorn Smith-Simonsen, in his capacity as chair of the International Publishers Association’s Freedom to Publish Committee, suggested that one of the first potential steps toward resolving the issue of censorship in China was to encourage the Publishers Association of China [PAC] to join the IPA: “They [PAC] could eventually become a …

Letter from the Editor: Chinese Fireworks

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka, Editor-in-Chief, Publishing Perspectives We’ve all been waiting for the fireworks to start, but so far no one has lit a fuse. As a journalist looking for the big story, the question casting a long shadow over the Fair is what effect the co-mingling of official and “unofficial” Chinese delegations would have on the Fair. Would dissidents shout …

Paper Republic Catalogue Showcases Independent Chinese Writers

In Feature Articles by Chad W. Post

By Chad W. Post With China the Guest of Honor this year, there’s a mountain of information available about Chinese authors and publishers circulating through the Fair But one of the most interesting publications this year has to be the catalog of six independent writers produced by the website Paper Republic (http://paper-republic.org) complete with long—30+ pages—sample translations. Paper Republic was …

China, Digitization Issues Set Agenda for Book Fair

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka “The book fair can, may, and must be a lot of things, but it must never be boring,” said Frankfurt Book Fair director Juergen Boos on Tuesday morning as part of the fair’s opening press conference. With 400,000 books and 180,000 trade visitors from more than 100 countries on display at the Fair, there is surely something …

Frankfurt Preview: Director Juergen Boos Discusses Economy, Rights, China

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka “If you’re talking about an economic crisis, then you have to talk about an economic crisis hitting American and UK publishers alone,” said Frankfurt Book Fair director Juergen Boos on the eve of the opening of this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair. “Latin America has already come back from its economic crisis, which it experienced ten years ago, …

Bonus Material: Li Jiwei on His “Book Mountain” for the Frankfurt Book Fair

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Artist Li Jiwei’s “Book Mountain” is the artistic centerpiece of the official Chinese exhibit at this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair. The installation takes the form of a giant sheet of paper that undulates over a “river of books” incorporating 10,000 volumes. Surrounding the exhibit is a display that traces more than 2,000 years of Chinese writing, from …

Bonus Material: Harvard to Digitize 51,000 Rare Chinese Manuscripts

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Harvard University and the National of Library of China signed a multi-million dollar partnership deal on Friday to digitize 51,000 volumes of rare Chinese manuscripts. The works will be drawn from the Harvard-Yenching Library, a collection formed by Alfred Kai-ming Chiu starting from the 1920. The six-year project will be done in two three-year phases. The first …