Wed, 09/07/2008 - 14:47
Chinese printing prices are rocketing as changes to the country’s labour laws combine with other key inflationary factors to create “the perfect storm” in pushing up costs, UK publishers have reported.
China’s labour costs have increased since the introduction in January of tightened employment laws strengthening...
Wed, 09/07/2008 - 06:00
Three international PEN centers have determined that the climate for freedom of expression in China has measurably deteriorated over the past year, reports Publishers Weekly.
Centers in the US, Canada and China released a “report card” one month before the opening of the Beijing Olympic Games, titled "Failing to Deliver...
Mon, 07/07/2008 - 07:41
German media group Bertelsmann has confirmed that it is to close it Chinese book clubs but has denied that it is retreating from the market
Bertelsmann said the decision was reached following a change in business strategy and follows a comprehensive strategic review and considerable efforts over many years. Two weeks earlier, the group...
Tue, 17/06/2008 - 06:10
Bertelsmann will close its 36 branded bookstores in 18 Chinese cities, all under its Beijing 21st Century Book chain, before the end of July, the latest step in Bertelsmann's revamp of its struggling Direct Group book business, reports Forbes.com.
Bertelsmann did not say whether it will take any action with respect to its relatively...
Thu, 12/06/2008 - 06:30
Bertelsmann plans to shut down its book club business in China, which is partially responsible for unit Direct Group's losses, the German Financial Times reported, without revealing its sources.
The newspaper said all of the unit's top managers in China have already left the company, and the unit's business will be...
Wed, 28/05/2008 - 05:08
Pearson is to acquire two privately-owned English language school chains in China. Pearson said it would develop new curriculum materials for the schools, drawing on content from Penguin and Pearson Longman.
"We are significantly accelerating our investment and growth in China," said Marjorie Scardino. "It is a market...
Mon, 14/04/2008 - 06:00
Macmillan has paid £100,000‹a record breaking figure--for a Chinese bestseller which reinterprets Confucius for the modern age. The sum, twice the amount ever before paid for world English rights in a Chinese book, trumps the previous record-holder, Jiang Rong's Wolf Totem, which cost Penguin $100,000 in September 2005...
Thu, 06/03/2008 - 14:44
The Irish book market grew by 16.7% by value last year, just a little more in value terms than the book market in China, according to Nielsen Book commercial director Ann Betts.
Betts, speaking at the Booksellers Association Irish Branch Conference last weekend in Galway, said that the Irish consumer book market grew 16.7% by value in...
Fri, 18/01/2008 - 05:28
The struggle for readers and the demands of the market are not the only difficulties faced by Chinese writers, reports the Guardian. There is also, according to the London-based Chinese poet Yang Lian, the continued pressure of government censorship, which is "even stricter than before".
The explosive growth of the Chinese...
Thu, 17/01/2008 - 06:31
Penguin has signed on as the exclusive publishing partner to "China Now", the UK's largest festival of Chinese culture. The six-month, nationwide festival officially launches on Chinese New Year on 7th February and will include exhibitions, performances and activities about Chinese film, cuisine, art, literature and music, among...