What’s the Most Exciting Publishing Project in the Netherlands?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story looks at digital developments at A.W. Bruna, the largest publisher in the Netherlands. Under the guidance of Timo Boezeman, the company is forging ahead into the brave new world of digital publishing. The Netherlands has a rich creative scene and its publishing houses produce some of the most stylish titles available. That said, its …

Poll Results: Hot Digital Topics in Publishing

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Last week, we asked you to choose three digital topics you would like to know more about. 55 percent of you chose digital book rights and royalty rates. I guess pricing and e-book sales through Amazon and Apple have everyone stirred up. And with both companies under investigation over the agency model, digital rights and royalty rates …

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 …

Spanish E-books Go Mobile with Telecom Giant Telefónica

In Global Trade Talk by Emily Williams

By Emily Williams Spanish telecom giant Telefónica and the Spanish Association of Publishers’ Guilds shook hands on a deal that allows the publishers to avail themselves of Telefónica’s technical expertise. The press release implies help with digitizing content (with a strong emphasis on standards that suggests adherence to the epub format), as well as access to Telefónica’s customer base through …

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 …

Will Chinese Publishers Ever Become a Force on the Global Stage?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Our lead article today looks at China Publishing Group’s recent commitment to digital publishing. China is without a doubt a huge market, one catered to by huge publishers. But the consensus seems to be that because of the immense opportunities for growth at home, few Chinese publishers will ever truly become players on the global stage — …

China Publishing Group Launches Digital Subsidiary, Preps for the Future

In Digital by Guest Contributor

• 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 -– 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 …

What are Digital Publishing’s “Durable Goods”?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story explains that for publishers to survive and thrive, they must focus their effort on producing content people are willing to pay for — by and large this means products that offer “sustainable value.” The term can mean a lot of things to a lot of different people. My car, for example, offers me sustainable …

Want to Cash In on Digital Publishing? Focus on “Sustainable Value”

In Digital by Guest Contributor

By Chris Rechtsteiner, Page Foundry, Inc. Some decisions are really easy. The decision to tweet, for instance is simple. It’s only 140 characters. The same is true with commenting on a website, writing a letter to the editor or crafting your own blog post. These content creation decisions can be easily weighed and acted upon (without repercussion) any time, day …

Is the Focus on Devices and Not Readers a Big Mistake?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka The publishing media cloud has been obsessed with the introduction of new reading devices. For example, just yesterday, a flurry of posts announced the news of price drops for the Kindle and the Nook (Yes, naturally, we too reported on it). As our lead story today outlines, this same enthusiasm for gadgets seems to have infected publishing …