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Article in Poets & Writers

By posted at 11:44 am on December 23, 2006 4

I have an article in the newest issue of Poets & Writers. It’s about the publishing industry’s recent interest in doing business in China and in bringing Chinese writers to the rest of the world.

Not unlike European explorers five hundred years ago, the U.S. publishing industry is looking for a route to China. And, like those explorers, each company seems to be setting a different course. HarperCollins recently partnered with a Chinese publisher and plans to release new and classic Chinese books in English translation in the United States, the U.K., and China. Penguin has also secured a local publishing partner and is already offering Chinese readers ten of its Penguin Classics in Mandarin – and it has an open-ended plan to bring out more. At the same time, Penguin has stepped up its efforts to release more Chinese literature in translation in Western markets. Macmillan, meanwhile, has started a new publishing division, Picador Asia, based in Hong Kong.

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4 Responses to “Article in Poets & Writers”

  1. andrew
    at 3:11 pm on December 24, 2006

    Good stuff.

  2. bookbabie
    at 8:05 am on December 27, 2006

    you hear about china so much lately in terms of business and industry expansion, i didn't realize publishing was also looking at that market.

  3. Stefanie
    at 5:47 pm on December 29, 2006

    That's you? I didn't make the connection. Cool!heyrq

  4. The Traveller
    at 3:12 am on December 31, 2006

    I didn't make the connection either! Interesting article though; can't wait for more books from China in translation, although it'll mean I get lazier about reading in Chinese. And I'm definitely interested to know how the new translations of Western classics are received in China.

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