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 …

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 …

What Features Do You Long for in an E-reader?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story looks at the launch of Shanda Literature’s Bambook e-reader, which among its notable features — and perhaps for the first time anywhere — promises to provide a means for solar recharging (though it is not yet clear if this is via an adapter or built in). It’s a novel idea: think of putting the …

Shanghai is China’s Leading City for Digital Publishing

In Global Trade Talk by Wuping Zhao

By Wuping Zhao The total output of digital publishing in Shanghai amounted to 18.5 billion Yuan (US$2.73 billion) in 2009, according to a statement released by Shanghai municipal government on 1st August. Ms. Jiao Yang, the head of Shanghai Bureau of Press and Publication, said the city has been building the nation’s first base for digital publishing with various investments …

Rumor that Amazon May Launch Kindle Service in China

In Global Trade Talk by Wuping Zhao

By Wuping Zhao As Shanda Technology company announced the arrival of its e-reader Bambook today, industry insiders are also discussing the possibility of the sale of Amazon’s Kindle in China. A job opening for a “Sr. Product Manager, Amazon Kindle” was spotted on Amazon.cn on July 19, according to National Business Daily in Shanghai. The description of the job stated …

Why Cell Phones Will Dominate the E-Book Market in China

In Editorial & Opinion by Edward Nawotka

• In 2009, China ran up $1bn in sales of digital content, and the market is growing at an estimated 40% annually. In response China Publishing Group (CPG) -– China’s largest state-sponsored publishing conglomerate — has launched Digital Media Co. Ltd., a new digital media and technology subsidiary. • From August 24-27, the German Book Office Beijing is hosting a trip …