From VietnamNet Bridge: Children’s Day in Vietnam has been welcomed by new releases and collected works from publishers of young people’s literature.
From the Nikkei Asian Review: With a goal of making Japanese books accessible to international readers, Media Do automates translation.
From The Korea Times and The Hankyoreh: Commercialization, globalization, and the plight of ‘the history of individuals’ factor into the Seoul Forum.
From The Korea Times: Held every five years, Seoul’s forum brings together Korean and international authors with readers for discussions of current events.
‘A language is glorified through its literature,’ says K. Jayakumar, and a university program in Kerala is focused on that goal for Malayalam.
From The Hindu: Leveraging its extensive collection of Marathi literature, the little town of Bhilar has established itself as India’s first ‘book village.’
In Free Malaysia Today: Publishing players say that expected increases in paper costs are less a worry than growing numbers of local authors.
At India’s Scroll.in, a report from Mridula Chari indicates that publishers are having to issue titles without ISBNs, as an inadequate system bogs down.
‘A growing international curiosity in Korean literature,’ says one specialist, is widening the field for poetry from South Korea.
Chinese cultural officials are working with Amazon and OverDrive to produce a new introductory guide to Chinese literature for the international audience.