Asian Publishers Gather in Seoul to Talk Shop, Bestsellers, Digital

In Guest Contributors by Guest Contributor

• The first Asian Publishers’ Fellowship program was hosted by the Korean Publishers Society in Seoul earlier this month. The project aims to be a starting point for building a strong Asian publishers network. • Attendees discussed what makes a bestseller, the current business climate and “the digital question.” By Linda Tan SEOUL: The Korean Publishers Society (KOPUS) recently organized …

Face Time

In Guest Contributors by Thomas Minkus

Editorial by Thomas Minkus, VP, Frankfurt Book Fair NEW YORK: We in the publishing community tend to take book fairs for granted: dreading the preparation and extra work, facing questions about how much time and resources are necessary to attend, arranging for time away from the home and office. Only unforeseen events that disrupt our attendance, like 9/11 or the …

Bye Bye Twitter, Hello Bubbly

In What's the Buzz by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox Just when you think you’ve mastered Twitter, there’s a new social media network that’s gaining ground, Bubbly. Started by the Silicon Valley and Singapore-based company, Bubble Motion — a global provider of mobile messaging and social media applications, Bubbly is said to act like Twitter, where you can follow your favorite voices using your cellphone. For book …

Gourmand Awards at Paris Cookbook Fair

In Global Trade Talk by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije PARIS (FEBRUARY 11): The first Paris Cookbook Festival kicked off tonight on Paul Bocuse’s birthday. It was sleeting in Paris but the auditorium for the Gourmand Cookbook Awards was packed with invitation-only authors, publishers and people from the trade coming from countries as far as Australia, Cambodia and Argentina. Three women won honors for their lifetime careers …

Bonus Material: Is Asia Truly Ahead of the West in Digital Innovation and Adoption?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In today’s lead article about the Singapore Writers Festival, Peter Gordon, Hong Kong publisher of Chameleon Press, suggested that some parts of Asia were slow movers in the race towards literary digitization. He said: E-publishing “is awaited with a combination of anticipation of the possibilities and trepidation about the effects it may have on the traditional publishing …

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 …

What’s Cooking, Chef Wan?

In Feature Articles by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L Cox Few can top Chef Wan. He is one of Malaysia’s most celebrated icons and a star of the Asian Food Channel, as well as having hosted shows in numerous other countries including Malaysia, Singapore and the United States. What’s more, he’s published eight cookbooks, and is also a comedian, talk-show host, and has acted on stage …

By Turning Authors into Speakers, Publishers Profit, Even in Recession

In Feature Articles by Karen Holt

By Karen Holt NEW YORK: US publishers’ in-house speakers bureaus, essentially nonexistent just five years ago, are turning out to be surprisingly recession-resilient — one of the few upbeat notes in this overall gloomy time for the book industry. Publishers are splitting appearance fees of between $5,000 and $20,000 (sometimes more) with their authors, representing a welcome source of found …

UK’s Book Depository takes Global Ambitions to US

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka “In the UK, retailers have been very introverted. That’s what we’re trying to change by working with international customers,” says Kieron Smith, managing director of BookDepository.co.uk, an online bookseller best known for its free shipping to more than 90 countries around the world. “More than half of our customers are overseas and it’s fascinating to watch the …