After gathering new funding, Wattpad announces expanded efforts in development of film and digital content in Southeast Asian markets. Dexter Ong of 21st Century Fox Asia is tapped to lead from Hong Kong.
In the ITEF program’s eighth year, 19 professional fellows will meet with players in the Turkish publishing industry. And BIBF is to open its own dedicated children’s book fair in Beijing.
‘The Power of Reading’ is the message to Taiwan’s consumer base at this year’s Taipei International Book Exhibition, while Frankfurter Buchmesse’s professional program there examines changes in business, markets, and sales.
At the award ceremony in Bangladesh this year, the DSC Prize this year goes to Anuk Arudpragasam for his debut novel, The Story of a Brief Marriage.
The Chinese authorities, says IPA chief Michiel Kolman, “put individual publishers in an impossible situation” in censoring journal articles.
From the Japan Times: The Kyoto DDD Gallery’s exhibition of Kouga Hirano’s 30-year body of work includes his book cover designs for travel publisher, Shobunsha.
From VietnamNet: Vietnamese titles are seeing modest gains in rights sales abroad, from Russia and New Zealand to other countries in Southeast Asia.
From the Business Standard: Long asked-for by publishers, retailers, and readers, the first Hindi bestseller list is out from Nielsen and Dainik Jagran.
From the Global Times: ‘Foreign publishers have difficulty evaluating Chinese literature,’ says a speaker at Beijing’s Sino-foreign translation conference.
From Frontier Myanmar: ‘A complete collection of all our child-authored books’ is part of the reading program one literacy-based charity delivers to kids.