What to Expect at the Beijing International Book Fair

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka BEIJING: Trying to take in the totality of Chinese publishing is a lot like sitting down to a Chinese banquet and trying to figure out what to eat first. With thousands of publishers, both state sponsored and independent, putting out some 300,000 titles each year (about the same number as in the US), there’s a lot on the …

Bonus Material: Founder Apabi’s Chinese Kindle Clone

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka One segment of the exhibition that is likely to be of enormous interest to Western publishers visiting the Beijing International Book Fair is ebooks. Last year at the BIBF, Penguin made headlines when it became the first Western publisher to announce an ebook distribution deal for English language titles in China, and it’s likely that this year will …

Why Bangkok?

In Guest Contributors & Editorial by Guest Contributor

By Timothy Hallinan BANGKOK: Well, as a place to live, it is undoubtedly the most cheerful big city on earth. The Thai people somehow ingest the heat, the gasoline fumes, the permanent Gordian knot of traffic, the heartbreaking poverty, and through some form of internal alchemy turn it into broad, beautiful smiles and almost infinite compassion for the befuddled, sweating …

Bonus Material: How to Finish Your Novel

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Tim Hallinan learned the hard way about finishing a novel. Before becoming a published novelist, as he explains on his website, he had started three novels, but finished none of them, when his house burned down, destroying all of his manuscripts. “Naturally,” he writes, “I had backups of all my unfinished novels, and naturally, they were all in …

Bonus Material: Epiphany Led Publisher to Digital Outsourcing

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Mark Hanusz, publisher of Indonesia’s Equinox Press had an epiphany a couple of years ago: “I was standing in my warehouse, looking at all these books collecting dust, getting mildewed and getting old. I realized that that was where all my money was tied up. Then it hit me, I don’t need to do this anymore.” As …

How the Tokyo Book Fair Helps Rights Seekers

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka “Japanese publishers don’t have a lot of experience selling rights, so we did what we could to make it easier,” said Eiko Han, spokesperson for the Tokyo International Book Fair, which opens tomorrow and runs through Sunday. “We’ve made it so exhibitors and visitors can put their rights information online. Businesses can search and, if they are …

Bonus Material: The Godzilla of Japanese Online Shopping

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka If this were a Japanese monster movie Mothra would be played by Amazon.co.jp. Amazon in Japan has always been a contender, but one that is too often on the losing side of the fight.  (Recently, for example, the company was asked to pay $119 million in overdue Japanese taxes after being accused of failing to properly report …

Will 360 Million Chinese Boycott the Internet?

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka BEIJING: Today is the day China turned off the internet. Or at least that is the hope of artist Ai Weiwei. Weiwei called on China’s 360 million internet users to “stop working, reading, chatting, blogging, gaming and mailing” to protest the Chinese government’s demand that computers users have to have installed its controversial Green Dam Youth Escort …

Bonus Material: The 2009 Declaration of the Anonymous Netizens

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Ai Weiwei’s call for protest coincides with circulation of the 2009 Declaration of the Anonymous Netizens, a protest document that criticizes the Chinese government for having “deprived your netizens of the freedom of speech.” The anonymous group then claims “we are going to launch our attack worldwide on your censorship system starting on July 1st, 2009.” The …