With its content “primarily in English” now—more languages to come—the venture is meant to take China’s digital literature and self-published content to a world audience.
Luo Li, founder of Qidian, China’s largest online literature site, has been arrested and accused of selling copyrights to Tencent, which itself plans to launch a competing site.
Publishing Technology’s recent study reveals a majority of publishers plan to maintain or launch multiple branded online reader communities in the next two years.
Will freemium fiction be able to attract a large enough audience among Western readers, where cheap e-books are readily available?
The enormous popularity of freemium fiction attracts over 40% of Chinese internet users each month, writes Helen Sun of Publishing Technology.
• The Beijing International Book Fair (August 30 through September 3) reflects China’s booming digital publishing business with 2,000 sq. meters of digital exhibits. • Sales of ebooks, downloaded games, apps and other digital content in China hit 80 billion RMB ($11.8 billion) in 2009. By Edward Nawotka UPDATED 8/29: Our initial statistical information stated that the $150bn applied exclusively to …
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 …