Hanvon Begins Publishing Japanese Ebooks in China

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Ed Nawotka A report in the Daily Yomiuri reports that “Tokyo-based media firm Creek & River Co. has signed a contract to supply content to Hanvon Technology Co., the largest producer of e-book readers in China.” Creek & River plans to focus on Japanese titles from “small and mid-sized publishing firms and individuals, including comics, novels and magazine articles” starting …

What Features Do You Long for in an E-reader?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story looks at the launch of Shanda Literature’s Bambook e-reader, which among its notable features — and perhaps for the first time anywhere — promises to provide a means for solar recharging (though it is not yet clear if this is via an adapter or built in). It’s a novel idea: think of putting the …

Shanghai is China’s Leading City for Digital Publishing

In Global Trade Talk by Wuping Zhao

By Wuping Zhao The total output of digital publishing in Shanghai amounted to 18.5 billion Yuan (US$2.73 billion) in 2009, according to a statement released by Shanghai municipal government on 1st August. Ms. Jiao Yang, the head of Shanghai Bureau of Press and Publication, said the city has been building the nation’s first base for digital publishing with various investments …

Rumor that Amazon May Launch Kindle Service in China

In Global Trade Talk by Wuping Zhao

By Wuping Zhao As Shanda Technology company announced the arrival of its e-reader Bambook today, industry insiders are also discussing the possibility of the sale of Amazon’s Kindle in China. A job opening for a “Sr. Product Manager, Amazon Kindle” was spotted on Amazon.cn on July 19, according to National Business Daily in Shanghai. The description of the job stated …

Why Cell Phones Will Dominate the E-Book Market in China

In Guest Contributors & Editorial by Edward Nawotka

• In 2009, China ran up $1bn in sales of digital content, and the market is growing at an estimated 40% annually. In response China Publishing Group (CPG) -– China’s largest state-sponsored publishing conglomerate — has launched Digital Media Co. Ltd., a new digital media and technology subsidiary. • From August 24-27, the German Book Office Beijing is hosting a trip …

Will Chinese Publishers Ever Become a Force on the Global Stage?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Our lead article today looks at China Publishing Group’s recent commitment to digital publishing. China is without a doubt a huge market, one catered to by huge publishers. But the consensus seems to be that because of the immense opportunities for growth at home, few Chinese publishers will ever truly become players on the global stage — …

China Publishing Group Launches Digital Subsidiary, Preps for the Future

In Feature Articles by Guest Contributor

• In 2009, China ran up $1bn in sales of digital content, and the market is growing at an estimated 40% annually. In response China Publishing Group -– China’s largest state-sponsored publishing conglomerate — has launched Digital Media Co. Ltd., a new digital media and technology subsidiary. • From August 24-27, the German Book Office Beijing is hosting a trip …

Wen Huang’s “Coffin Keeper” in the Paris Review

In Ed's Perspective by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Our good friend and frequent contributor Wenguang Huang has published excerpt of his forthcoming memoir in the new issue of The Paris Review, alongside interviews with novelist David Mitchell, cartoonist R. Crumb, and fiction from Katherine Dunn, Colum McCann, and Ann Beattie. The piece, entitled “Coffin Keeper,” begins: “When I was nine, I shared my bedroom with …