From Stockholm’s internationally situated Bonnier with its history to the new Canelo from the UK and 10-year-old Wattpad, innovation is the quest at StoryDrive Asia in Singapore.
Understanding publishing in the digital context of ‘nearby media’ is at the heart of the Frankfurt Book Fair’s StoryDrive Asia conference in Singapore.
Southeast Asia’s publishing industries show promising signs of growth despite being under-translated and overly vulnerable to censorship, says Kenneth Quek.
Every two years, honors are given for outstanding work in English, Chinese, Malay, and Tamil. A record number of submissions—235 across the twelve categories—marks the 2016 awards.
One literary agent’s story at this fourth iteration of the international conference was about selling 2,000 English-language titles into the Chinese market. Going the other direction? Not so easy.
‘The reason we want to start selling ebooks direct into ASEAN,’ says Monsoon’s Philip Tatham, is because it’s a major and rare territory still without heavy competition from major ebook retailers.
‘Access for international publishers to entirely new players,’ says Frankfurt Book Fair’s Juergen Boos on the StoryDrive program’s expansion to Singapore.
Kenny Leck, co-founder and owner of Singapore’s BooksActually, talks on the 10th anniversary of his shop about indie bookselling and publishing.
Akshita Nanda asks if it will ‘take an international award’ for Singaporean writers and publishers to be taken seriously…or is Singapore its own worst enemy?
Singapore-based Page One’s new bookstore concept in Hong Kong started by looking at what readers loved in books and building from there, says CEO Mark Tan.