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 …

Who Are the Digital Innovators in Your Country?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story inaugurates our series of “iPhone Interviews” with digital innovators. We start today with Michael Bhaskar of Profile Books in the UK. Since the iPhone makes such interviews (relatively) quick and (relatively) simple to do, we want to enlist our readers to help us. Let us know who we should interview next. Who are the …

Timo Boezeman on Guiding Dutch Publisher A.W. Bruna into the Digital Future

In Digital by Guest Contributor

By Ashley Mabbitt • Timo Boezeman’s career reflects the broader changes in the publishing landscape. A former Web consultant, he is responsible for developing the digital publishing strategy — as well as acquiring non-fiction titles — for A.W. Bruna, Holland’s largest publisher. • While Europe has lagged somewhat behind the US and Asia in implementing digital publishing, Boezeman believes “with introduction …

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 …