The Billion Copy Opportunity

In Guest Contributors & Editorial by Guest Contributor

By Lewis Manalo CHINA: By now it’s a scene we in the West are familiar with: a swordsman or — swordswoman — makes an acrobatic leap to a stone-tiled rooftop and sets off in pursuit of a masked bandit. The swordsman leaps from roof to roof, across ridiculous distances and with such balletic grace, he seems to be on the edge …

Google’s Chief Legal Officer on China at DLD Day 2

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Day 2 at the Digital Life Design conference in Munich, Germany included a lineup of C-level stars from media and technology companies like MySpace, Amazon, Demand Media, and Google. David Drummond, Google’s Chief Legal Officer, answered questions from Burda Media CEO Paul Bernhard Kallen, Jeff Jarvis and the audience about China and transparency. Panelist also discussed marketing …

Light a Candle for Liu Xiaobo

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka We’ve been remiss in not writing about the trial and sentencing of literary critic and political commentator Liu Xiaobo (please forgive us), which took place over the holidays. For a year Liu Xiaobo has been under arrest — at first, with no formal charge, then in July on the ominous charge of “inciting subversion of state power” …

Which Chinese Books Do You Want Translated?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead article discusses the launch of the Peony Literary Agency in Hong Kong and Beijing. The firm already represents a number of bestselling Chinese writers that have yet to attract a Western publisher, most notably, Han Han (he was deemed the sixth richest writer in China), but has yet to be translated. Another is the novel …

New Chinese Literary Agency Attracts Top Talent

In Growth Markets by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Literary agencies are a relatively unknown quantity in China and almost all started as overseas operations, including Big Apple Tuttle Mori Agency and Bardon Chinese Media, which both started in Taiwan, and Andrew Nurnberg Associates, from the UK. The latest newcomer — Peony Literary Agency — hails from Hong Kong. Launched in November by Marysia Juszczakiewicz to …

German Buch News: HMH Expanding to Germany; New Beijing Outpost for German Pubs

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is planning to expand overseas, and in particular into Germany, which it has dubbed “the most important market”, according to Buchreport. Once the company explores the German market further, including the specifics of the German schoolbook market and public school system, it will be seeking publishing and distribution partners. The publisher will focus on …

Bonus Material: Video Interview with China’s Shanda Literature Ltd.

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka At Frankfurt this year, no single company made a bigger first impression on the international marketplace than Shanda Literature Ltd. of Shanghai, China. The online publishing company claims to have accumulated the largest and fastest-growing database of copywritten work in the country—some 2.7 million titles—and is just one year old. We sat down to talk with Shanda …

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 …

IPA Freedom to Publish Chair on China

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

On Wednesday at the Frankfurt Book Fair, Norwegian publisher Bjorn Smith-Simonsen, in his capacity as chair of the International Publishers Association’s Freedom to Publish Committee, suggested that one of the first potential steps toward resolving the issue of censorship in China was to encourage the Publishers Association of China [PAC] to join the IPA: “They [PAC] could eventually become a …