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Literature & Fiction
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Latest Events

2023 World Book Day, Hong Kong Book Fair, Bologna Children's Book Fair, Frankfurt Book Fair, InnoCarnival 2023, Learning & Teaching Expo 2023, etc.

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2023 Year in Review | "Publishing 3.0" Shares the Achievements of the Frankfurt Book Fair 2023 at Industry Sharing Session

  • 2024-01-01

As a hub for cultural and artistic exchange between China and the rest of the world, Hong Kong has seen a growing interest from local writers and publishers to introduce their books to the international market in order to promote Hong Kong's culture. The combination of technology and publishing can facilitate the international outreach of locally published Chinese books. The "Publishing 3.0 Hong Kong Smart eBook hub" Scheme ("Publishing 3.0") integrates publishing and A.I. technology to assist the industry in creating high-quality, internationally marketable smart e-books. In order to help Hong Kong's e-books and audio books expand into the international market, "Publishing 3.0" participated in the 2023 "Frankfurt International Book Fair" in October. Dr. Sharon Wong, the Executive Chairman (Executive) of the "Publishing 3.0" project committee and the Executive Director of the Hong Kong Reprographic Rights Licensing Society, shared the outcomes of the participation at an industry sharing session held on November 30, with over 30 representatives from the publishing industry. The attendees responded rather enthusiastically. The Frankfurt Book Fair is one of the largest copyright trading exhibitions globally and is considered one of the most important exhibitions in international book trade. "Publishing 3.0" participated for the first time, promoting the "Hong Kong Smart eBook Hub" to global e-book purchasers/operators, overseas industry associations, publishing representatives, and authors. According to Dr. Wong, some overseas publishers have shown a special interest in Hong Kong stories, cultural heritage, and other related topics in e-books and audio books collection. The industry agrees that e-books and audio books are important trends in the publishing industry and hopes that more local works can break through geographical and language barriers and enter the overseas market. Dr. Elvin Lee, the Chairman of the "Publishing 3.0" project committee and the Chairman of the Hong Kong Publishing Federation, also stated that over 60 Hong Kong publishers are currently participating in "Publishing 3.0," and through the project's "e-book publishing conversion platform," 858 Chinese printed books from Hong Kong have been successfully converted into over 4,000 Chinese and English e-books, as well as Cantonese, Mandarin, and English audio books. In 2024, "Publishing 3.0" will strive to continue operating the "Hong Kong Smart eBook Library," opening up more business opportunities for the Hong Kong publishing industry in the international market. Dr. Wong revealed at the sharing session that in the future, "Publishing 3.0" will continue to optimize conversion technology, including converting simplified Chinese printed books into Cantonese and Mandarin audio books. The working group will also continue to promote the "Hong Kong Smart eBook hub" by participating in various events and book fairs, including the "Learning and Teaching Expo 2023" held on December 15, 2023, the Bologna Children's Book Fair in Italy in April 2024, and mainland China book fairs, in order to enhance the visibility and influence of the "Hong Kong Smart eBook hub" and help local writers and publishers break into more overseas markets.

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Pub 3.0 Participated in Asia's Premier Education Expo: "Learning and Teaching Expo 2023"

  • 2023-12-26

With the advancement of technology, e-reading has transformed reading habits of the general public and has become a major trend for the future, especially as students can take advantage of the flexibility and convenience of e-books, as well as the rich online resources that stimulate their interest in reading. In December, the "Publishing 3.0 - Hong Kong Smart eBook hub" hub ("Publishing 3.0") participated in the prestigious "Learning and Teaching Expo 2023," sharing the status of electronic reading in Hong Kong with scholars and the public, as well as the challenges and experiences faced by schools in promoting electronic reading. Dr. Sharon Wong, the Executive Director of the Hong Kong Reprographic Rights Licensing Society and Chairman of the "Publishing 3.0" Project Committee, shared some core principles of copyright and the application of generative artificial intelligence (AI) in the publishing industry along with its benefits, which can make the publishing of e-books and audiobooks faster and more convenient, thus contributing to the industry's upgrading and transformation. She also shared how the "eBook Publishing Conversion Platform" of "Publishing 3.0" utilizes AI to translate Chinese books into English. Professor Benny Zee, Director of Research and Knowledge Transfer Services at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, also discussed the market demand for reading and learning, analysing the trend of scholars and university students to "listen to books." He believes that future reading trends need to overcome language barriers, and the "eBook Publishing Conversion Platform" of "Publishing 3.0" uses "text-to-speech translation technology" to translate e-books into Cantonese, Mandarin, and English audiobooks, which can bring more opportunities and development space to the publishing industry. He hopes that "Publishing 3.0" can be promoted to the academic community in the future, establishing cooperation with schools, teachers, and students to use AI to create school-based e-books and audiobooks for learning purposes.

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LSCM Logistics Summit and Innovation Technology Carnival

  • 2023-11-06

In October, the "Publishing 3.0 - Hong Kong Smart eBook hub" Scheme ("Publishing 3.0") participated in various local and overseas activities! In addition to promoting the "Hong Kong Smart eBook hub" at the Hong Kong Pavilion at the Frankfurt Book Fair from October 18 to 22, the project also participated in the LSCM Logistics Summit on October 11 in Hong Kong and the "InnoCarnival" organized by the Innovation, Technology and Industry Bureau from October 28 to November 5. The LSCM Logistics Summit featured a technology exhibition showcasing the latest technologies developed by the Logistics and Supply Chain MultiTech R&D Centre (LSCM), attracting over 1,000 participants. LSCM, The project partner of "Publishing 3.0," sent representatives to introduce the "Celebrity × AI Narrated Books" project, demonstrating the AI voice technology developed by LSCM, which rivals the effect of original human recordings. "Publishing 3.0" will actively research the application of such technology to enhance the audiobooks in the "Hong Kong Smart eBook hub," assisting authors and publishers in increasing readers' interest in their audiobook works and promoting public interest in reading. At the online seminar of the InnoCarnival held on October 28, Dr. Sharon Wong, Executive director of the Hong Kong Reprographic Rights Licensing Society and Chairman of the "Publishing 3.0" Project Committee, introduced the concept behind "Publishing 3.0" and the various important milestones of the "eBook Publishing Conversion Platform". Dr Wong also shared the latest developments of "Publishing 3.0" at this year's Frankfurt Book Fair. Dr. Frank Tang, Director of Research and Technology Development at the Logistics and Supply Chain MultiTech R&D Centre, also shared the application of AI in the "eBook Publishing Conversion Platform." They discussed the digitalization trend in the publishing industry, providing meaningful insights for the future development of "Publishing 3.0."

Latest Events

2023 World Book Day, Hong Kong Book Fair, Bologna Children's Book Fair, Frankfurt Book Fair, InnoCarnival 2023, Learning & Teaching Expo 2023, etc.

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2023 Year in Review | "Publishing 3.0" Shares the Achievements of the Frankfurt Book Fair 2023 at Industry Sharing Session

As a hub for cultural and artistic exchange between China and the rest of the world, Hong Kong has seen a growing interest from local writers and publishers to introduce their books to the international market in order to promote Hong Kong's culture. The combination of technology and publishing can facilitate the international outreach of locally published Chinese books. The "Publishing 3.0 Hong Kong Smart eBook hub" Scheme ("Publishing 3.0") integrates publishing and A.I. technology to assist the industry in creating high-quality, internationally marketable smart e-books. In order to help Hong Kong's e-books and audio books expand into the international market, "Publishing 3.0" participated in the 2023 "Frankfurt International Book Fair" in October. Dr. Sharon Wong, the Executive Chairman (Executive) of the "Publishing 3.0" project committee and the Executive Director of the Hong Kong Reprographic Rights Licensing Society, shared the outcomes of the participation at an industry sharing session held on November 30, with over 30 representatives from the publishing industry. The attendees responded rather enthusiastically. The Frankfurt Book Fair is one of the largest copyright trading exhibitions globally and is considered one of the most important exhibitions in international book trade. "Publishing 3.0" participated for the first time, promoting the "Hong Kong Smart eBook Hub" to global e-book purchasers/operators, overseas industry associations, publishing representatives, and authors. According to Dr. Wong, some overseas publishers have shown a special interest in Hong Kong stories, cultural heritage, and other related topics in e-books and audio books collection. The industry agrees that e-books and audio books are important trends in the publishing industry and hopes that more local works can break through geographical and language barriers and enter the overseas market. Dr. Elvin Lee, the Chairman of the "Publishing 3.0" project committee and the Chairman of the Hong Kong Publishing Federation, also stated that over 60 Hong Kong publishers are currently participating in "Publishing 3.0," and through the project's "e-book publishing conversion platform," 858 Chinese printed books from Hong Kong have been successfully converted into over 4,000 Chinese and English e-books, as well as Cantonese, Mandarin, and English audio books. In 2024, "Publishing 3.0" will strive to continue operating the "Hong Kong Smart eBook Library," opening up more business opportunities for the Hong Kong publishing industry in the international market. Dr. Wong revealed at the sharing session that in the future, "Publishing 3.0" will continue to optimize conversion technology, including converting simplified Chinese printed books into Cantonese and Mandarin audio books. The working group will also continue to promote the "Hong Kong Smart eBook hub" by participating in various events and book fairs, including the "Learning and Teaching Expo 2023" held on December 15, 2023, the Bologna Children's Book Fair in Italy in April 2024, and mainland China book fairs, in order to enhance the visibility and influence of the "Hong Kong Smart eBook hub" and help local writers and publishers break into more overseas markets.

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Pub 3.0 Participated in Asia's Premier Education Expo: "Learning and Teaching Expo 2023"

With the advancement of technology, e-reading has transformed reading habits of the general public and has become a major trend for the future, especially as students can take advantage of the flexibility and convenience of e-books, as well as the rich online resources that stimulate their interest in reading. In December, the "Publishing 3.0 - Hong Kong Smart eBook hub" hub ("Publishing 3.0") participated in the prestigious "Learning and Teaching Expo 2023," sharing the status of electronic reading in Hong Kong with scholars and the public, as well as the challenges and experiences faced by schools in promoting electronic reading. Dr. Sharon Wong, the Executive Director of the Hong Kong Reprographic Rights Licensing Society and Chairman of the "Publishing 3.0" Project Committee, shared some core principles of copyright and the application of generative artificial intelligence (AI) in the publishing industry along with its benefits, which can make the publishing of e-books and audiobooks faster and more convenient, thus contributing to the industry's upgrading and transformation. She also shared how the "eBook Publishing Conversion Platform" of "Publishing 3.0" utilizes AI to translate Chinese books into English. Professor Benny Zee, Director of Research and Knowledge Transfer Services at The Chinese University of Hong Kong, also discussed the market demand for reading and learning, analysing the trend of scholars and university students to "listen to books." He believes that future reading trends need to overcome language barriers, and the "eBook Publishing Conversion Platform" of "Publishing 3.0" uses "text-to-speech translation technology" to translate e-books into Cantonese, Mandarin, and English audiobooks, which can bring more opportunities and development space to the publishing industry. He hopes that "Publishing 3.0" can be promoted to the academic community in the future, establishing cooperation with schools, teachers, and students to use AI to create school-based e-books and audiobooks for learning purposes.

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LSCM Logistics Summit and Innovation Technology Carnival

In October, the "Publishing 3.0 - Hong Kong Smart eBook hub" Scheme ("Publishing 3.0") participated in various local and overseas activities! In addition to promoting the "Hong Kong Smart eBook hub" at the Hong Kong Pavilion at the Frankfurt Book Fair from October 18 to 22, the project also participated in the LSCM Logistics Summit on October 11 in Hong Kong and the "InnoCarnival" organized by the Innovation, Technology and Industry Bureau from October 28 to November 5. The LSCM Logistics Summit featured a technology exhibition showcasing the latest technologies developed by the Logistics and Supply Chain MultiTech R&D Centre (LSCM), attracting over 1,000 participants. LSCM, The project partner of "Publishing 3.0," sent representatives to introduce the "Celebrity × AI Narrated Books" project, demonstrating the AI voice technology developed by LSCM, which rivals the effect of original human recordings. "Publishing 3.0" will actively research the application of such technology to enhance the audiobooks in the "Hong Kong Smart eBook hub," assisting authors and publishers in increasing readers' interest in their audiobook works and promoting public interest in reading. At the online seminar of the InnoCarnival held on October 28, Dr. Sharon Wong, Executive director of the Hong Kong Reprographic Rights Licensing Society and Chairman of the "Publishing 3.0" Project Committee, introduced the concept behind "Publishing 3.0" and the various important milestones of the "eBook Publishing Conversion Platform". Dr Wong also shared the latest developments of "Publishing 3.0" at this year's Frankfurt Book Fair. Dr. Frank Tang, Director of Research and Technology Development at the Logistics and Supply Chain MultiTech R&D Centre, also shared the application of AI in the "eBook Publishing Conversion Platform." They discussed the digitalization trend in the publishing industry, providing meaningful insights for the future development of "Publishing 3.0."

Info Update

This column collects the latest info on e-books and related technological developments

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Hong Kong Book Fair

The Hong Kong Book Fair, organized by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), is a significant event for book lovers, authors, publishers, and other industry professionals. It takes place at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai. The fair features a wide range of books, including fiction, non-fiction, academic publications, children's books, and more. It also provides a platform for authors to showcase their works, and there are often book signings and meet-and-greet sessions with popular authors. Visit https://hkbookfair.hktdc.com/en/index.html to get the most up-to-date information about the Hong Kong Book Fairs.

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What New Features Found in e-Books

E-books have evolved significantly over the years, with new features and capabilities being added to enhance the reading experience. Here are some of the latest features of e-books: Enhanced multimedia content: E-books can now include multimedia elements such as audio, video, and interactive graphics. This can make the reading experience more engaging and immersive, particularly for children's books or educational texts. Customizable font and layout settings: Many e-readers and e-book apps now allow readers to adjust the font size, style, and spacing, as well as the background color and brightness. This can make reading more comfortable for those with visual impairments or other reading difficulties. Social reading features: Some e-books now include social reading features that allow readers to share comments and annotations with others, either in real-time or after finishing the book. This can create a sense of community around the book and enhance the reading experience. Cloud syncing and storage: E-books can now be stored on cloud servers, which allows readers to access their books from multiple devices and sync their reading progress across devices. This makes it easier to pick up where they left off and to switch between reading on different devices. Augmented reality (AR) features: Some e-books now include AR features that allow readers to interact with the book's content in a more immersive way. For example, a children's book might include AR elements that pop up on the screen when the reader points their device at the page. Voice-enabled reading: Some e-books now include text-to-speech features that allow the book to be read aloud by a virtual assistant, such as Siri or Alexa. This can be helpful for those who have difficulty reading or who prefer to listen to books instead.

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The World's Largest e-Book Library

The world's largest e-book library is operated by Amazon and called "Kindle Unlimited". The platform offers over one million books, including novels, non-fiction, magazines, comics, and other types of books. Users only need to subscribe to the Kindle Unlimited service to enjoy unlimited reading access to these books. In addition to Kindle Unlimited, there are also other well-known e-book libraries in the world, such as: Scribd: provides over one million books, audiobooks, and magazines, and supports multiple languages. OverDrive: a platform operated by libraries, offering hundreds of thousands of e-books and audiobooks for users to borrow and read on their devices. Project Gutenberg: a free e-book platform that provides over 60,000 public domain books for users to download and read for free. Google Play Books: an e-book platform operated by Google, providing over five million books and magazines for users to read on their Android and iOS devices. These e-book libraries offer rich book resources and allow users to read their favorite books at any time and anywhere.