In an essay for the Vienna daily Der Standard (in German here) I tried to make sense of the new generation of electronic reading devices such as Amazon’s Kindle, Sopny’s eReader or the iLiad. I am convinced that they will push the cause of online publishing and reading on screens substantially, but which is more […]

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Where do Chinese publishers want to go today?
September 8, 2008 by ruediger

With all the ambition and enthusiasm and curiosity I met among Chinese publishers, the answer to this question may remain ambivalent – yet it also requires more in depth research. When I discussed the list of publishers who prepare to go public with Hong OuYang, the energetic and very well informed editor-in-chief of China Publishing […]

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Writing literature online has a substantial tradition in China, going back to the 1990s, and the most famous site was certainly www.rongshuxia.com (or “Under the Banyan Tree“), and a report in China Daily recounted already in 2004:  “According to Lu Jinbo, chief editor of the website, it used to receive two or three articles a […]

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Here are some more Chinese publishing groups who prepare to go public and, as mentioned already, take note how many of them are procincial groups: Schanghai Century Publishing Group Jiangsu Publishing Group Anhui Publishing Group Hunan Publishing Group and the distribution division of the central state run media group Xinhua. This will trigger an interesting […]

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China publishing going public – new bold steps
September 3, 2008 by ruediger

The well established and well controlled environment of China’s 578 or so state owned publishing companies is probably about to be shaken up considerably as several of those companies are about to go public. Liaoning Publishing Group is the leader of the pack as they already are listed at the Shanghai stock exchange for several […]

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The (book) world according to China
September 1, 2008 by ruediger

Today was networking day at BIBF – or the Beijing International Book Fair 2008 in Tianjin. On the international side, we had one workshop with presentations of major international book fairs, namely Frankfurt, London, Hongkong, Abu Dhabi, while I had the pleasure to represent BookExpo America. But it was not anymore a simple wooing for […]

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