Following up on last year’s successful premiere with the Beijing Summit of the Global Ranking of the Publishing Industry, again a top level conference has been held right ahead of the opening of the Beijing Internatuional Book Fair, BIBF, on August 22nd, 2017. This year, the focus was put on “Knowledge Services“, a Chinese formula […]

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The Global Ranking of the Publishing Industry 2010: Facts, Trends, Outlook. Industry leaders discuss the business of publishing today. Wednesday, October 6, 2010, 14:30 – 16:00 Frankfurt Book Fair, hall 4.2, Room Dimension Organiser: Livres Hebdo with buchreport, Publishers Weekly and The Bookseller. What is the state of the publishing industry? What are the powerhouses, […]

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So what did you learn in Frankfurt this year?
October 17, 2009 by ruediger

…I would be asked, while still recovering from the ritual book fair cold & cough, and at the same time recapitulating the many many chats and conversations with friends and colleagues, customers and partners in 4 days that feel like, frankly, like a couple of weeks. Thinking now, in retrospective, of all the self appointed […]

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Preparing for Frankfurt? Find a detailed analysis of the Global Ranking of the Publishing Industry in a close up analysis In German here In English with focus on trade publishing here > go to October 2009 newsletter In English with a focus on professional / science / education and on globalizatioon here : A survey […]

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Following up on the very successful and fruitful debates at last year’s „On Translation“ conference at the Vienna book fair Buch Wien, we prepare for a next move with the “On Translation” conference and “Diversity Report” 2009 and want to encourage your participation and involvement. Presentations and debates will focus on reliable information sources and […]

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With the debate on the Google Settlement and its likely meaning for various groups (and countries) turning into a strange confrontation of hidden interests and pure ideology in some places, notably in Europe, I want to invite anybody interested in the matter to check out this site and the possibilities for a meaningful and differenciated […]

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Is China ready for the next move in allowing publishers to just mind about their own business? It seems so. The official China news agency Xinhua reports refering to China Daily: “About six or seven press and publishing giants with annual revenues of more than 10 billion yuan (1.46 billion U.S. dollars) will be set […]

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US editors meet their German peers
March 21, 2009 by ruediger

Having the pleasure and the privilege to travel with this group of US non fiction editors to see a number of German publishers in Munich and Frankfurt – C.H. Beck, C. Hanser, Campus, Suhrkamp, S. Fischer, Random House  – the most interesting insight was at how many levels these markets have drifted apart: Selling a […]

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The Chinese internet platform Danwei reports, quoting an article in China Youth Daily, that the Chinese government is set to abandon direct control over most publishing companies by the end of 2010. The goal is to allow “for profit” media companies to get rid of direct state control, to end state restrictions on the allocation […]

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China update: Trends, topics, new titles
February 9, 2009 by ruediger

While it is frightening to see in this very moment how the new Mandarin hotel next to Rem Kohlhas’ CCTV tower is burning, I was checking all kinds of sources on news with regard to China’s publishing landscape. Friends told me that the crisis so far did not have any knock out impact on the […]

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