Russian publisher Maxim Lozovskiy with Eksmo AST Publishing, whose task at the fair was to follow the latest trends in global publishing, found the speeches by two representatives from China’s publishing industry interesting. One was by Gong Shuguang, chairman of Hunan Publishing Investment Holding Group, and the other by Ma Minghui from the Educational Science Publishing House.
Ma was among six “young talents” at this year’s Frankfurt fair.
Gong said Chinese publishers shouldn’t be content with the huge domestic book market. And to show effort in that direction, the China International Publishing Group held a seminar on the fair, where it invited experts from Europe to give advice on their published titles that are aimed at the global market.
According to Susanne Barwick, who is with the German Publishers & Booksellers Association, Germany has a book market worth 9.2 billion euros ($10.01 billion), while China has one of 18 billion euros.
“China is the country that buys the most copyrights of German titles,” Barwick said, adding that Germany buys most from English-speaking countries, followed by France and Japan. Read more
The Frankfurt book fair opened on Tuesday (Oct 18) with a plea for Turkey to release acclaimed author and rights activist Asli Erdogan, jailed along with other journalists in a post-coup crackdown.
European Parliament President Martin Schulz, in a speech at the annual fair’s opening ceremony, said he stood in “full solidarity” with the novelist, “and all authors and journalists languishing in Turkish jails”.
“Hear my clear appeal to the Turkish government: set these people free,” he said.
At the same ceremony, the head of the German Publishers and Booksellers Association Heinrich Riethmueller read out a letter from Erdogan he said had been smuggled out of her Istanbul prison. Read more
John H. McGlynn, an American citizen who has spent 38 years of his life in Indonesia, knows more about the fields of Indonesian literature and publishing than most Indonesians. He first came to Indonesia in 1976 to learn the art of shadow puppetry, but after becoming fluent in Indonesian, decided to pursue a different career path, first as a translator and then as a publisher of Indonesian literature in translation. Holding an advanced degree in Indonesian language and literature from the University of Michigan, John is a co-founder and current chairman of the Lontar Foundation, the only organisation in the world whose primary focus is the promotion of Indonesia through literary translations. We met at his office in Jakarta to talk about Indonesia’s preparations for being Guest of Honour at the 2015 Frankfurt Book Fair. Read more
With the 2015 Frankfurt Book Fair approaching, Indonesia is stepping up its preparation to exhibit its literature to the world.
The country was chosen to be the guest of honour at the event in Frankfurt, Germany, which will take place between Oct. 14 and 18 this year. It is the largest book fair in the world and attracts thousands of visitors every year.
The Frankfurt Book Fair is taking St. Gallen International Publishing Management Course, a 10-day executive training program, to Singapore in August: Publishing Perspectives
Next year, for the second time, the Frankfurt Book Fair and St. Gallen’s Media and Communications Management Institute (MCM) are joining forces to organise the St. Gallen International Publishing Management Course, a 10-day executive training program. In 2015, the course will take place at the MCM Institute for Management in Singapore and, shortly before the world’s largest Book Fair, in Frankfurt. The course provides in-depth expert knowledge and tools required to lead publishers and media companies successfully into the future. We have asked Bozena Mierezejewska of Fordham University and Professor Vincent Kaufmann, Director of the Institute for Media and Communications Management to share some details about the course program.
The Jakarta Post reports with Indonesia as the guest of honor at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2015, Indonesian officials are getting ready to show the world the vast range of its culture and literature.
Deputy Education and Culture Minister Weindu Nuryanti told the paper that officials were making careful preparations to make sure the government was ready for the big event.
“We must understand that the book fair has a wide constellation [in the industry], so we’d like to treat Frankfurt Book Fair as a promotion place for Indonesia. We also think that we can develop some ideas, like gaining some ground for creating a translation center in Indonesia,” Wiendu said during a seminar entitled “On the Road to Frankfurt: How Translation Travels,” sponsored by Kompas Gramedia.
GLOBALOCAL 2014 will be held at Hotel Lalit, New Delhi from 13–14 February 2014. Registrations are open until 10th February.
The annual “forum for content” in India GLOBALOCAL, organized by German Book Office, New Delhi, (GBO) and the Frankfurt Book Fair, is back to the capital of New Delhi this year, with a mix of roundtable discussions, training sessions, keynote presentations, and networking breaks.
It will be held from February 13-14, just before the curtains rise on the New Delhi World Book Fair, which begins on 15th February 15. Read more
The publishing industry is in the midst of a rapid, tech-fueled period of change, but what does that change mean for the future of the business? A report by PW
At this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair, an opening panel asked the question: What Is a Publisher Now?
“I think it is fair to say that about 5-10 years ago the publishing industry was well-defined: Retailers retailed, publishers published, distributors distributed, printers printed, and editors edited,” said moderator Karina Luke, executive director of the U.K.-based based Book Industry Communication (BIC), teeing up the question for the panel. “How does that compare to the publishers role and to the content industry of today?” Read more
In a Frankfurt Book Fair panel discussion with editors from five international trade publishing magazines (including PW’s George Slowik), Markus Dohle, CEO of the recently merged mega-publisher Penguin Random House addressed a range of subjects, from Amazon, and e-books to the company’s massive size, stressing that he is in no rush to integrate the two companies.