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Talk of the day -- News digest of local media -- E-books

Talk of the day -- News digest of local media -- E-books

Electronic books (E-books) have captured the attention of visitors to the annual Taipei International Book Exhibition that is taking place at the Taipei World Trade Center from Jan. 27-Feb. 1.
Promoted by the worldwide trend toward environmental protection, the global demand for E-readers, the device used to read digitalized books, is expected to boom.
The following are excerpts from local media coverage of the issues: China Times: Even the religious sector wants to own an e-book -- which is small but able to contain over 10,000 volumes.
To preserve forests, Buddhist Master Cheng Yen, the founder of the Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation, has contracted ASUSTeK Computer to produce electronic Buddhist scriptures for monks and nuns.
Taiwan Digital Publishing Forum Secretary-General Yeh Chun-tsiao said the popularity of e-books is surging in Taiwan this year.
With local electronics manufacturers and chain book store operators all moving to grab a share of the e-book market, the prices of e-readers are expected to drop from the current nearly NT$9,000 per unit to NT$3,194 (US$100) by the end of the year, Yeh said.
Chinese-language EE Times: BOOK11.com has recently organized a forum in Taipei, inviting experts to talk about obstacles to the development of the e-book market in Taiwan.
Sixty percent of books published in Taiwan every year are the Chinese-version of foreign books, which usually dominate Taiwan's top 10 in popularity. However, there are still many problems challenging local publishers in acquiring copyrights of the electronic version of the books.
Besides, Taiwanese publishers also face the challenge of content digitalization. While needing to improve their capability to produce digital content, they also have to think how to expand the e-book market at the same time as they sell books made of paper.
United Daily News: Nearly 100 electronic publication display booths have gathered at the 2010 Taipei International Book Exhibition, allowing visitors to experience the new trend of digital publishing.
The fair organizer said the section and the number of exhibitors have set new records for the show. Almost every e-book maker and related software and hardware producers in the country are participating.
(By Elizabeth Hsu)




Updated : 2021-05-15 14:07 GMT+08:00