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Here are the links for my lecture on the changes to the publishing business value chain.

The European Cluster Observatory Priority Sector Report:
Creative and Cultural Industries (PDF):

PWC Global Media Outlook:

FEP statement on DG Trade’s Public Consultation on a future trade policy:

The Frankfurt Book Fair google doc list of publishing startups:

Börsenverein Buchmarkt Zahlen 2013:

Slate on independent Book Stores:

The Evolution of the Book Industry:
Research commissioned by Ricoh, Q2, 2013
Implications for U.S. Book Manufacturers and Printers:

Time spent using media:
In 2013, time spent using digital media overtook time spent watching TV

JIM Studie zur Mediennutzung:
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Further links for my keynote speech at the NEM Summit 2014 (

Technology exhibitors at the Frankfurt HotSpots 2014:

The TISP Smartbook Business Cases:

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Around the world in 360° (3 Global Publishing Megatrends)
Academy. 360° expertise, 365 days a year. Here you can find concentrated knowledge directly from international publishing experts. The main focus is on the speakers from conferences such as CONTEC, the Rights Directors Meeting and StoryDrive, which the Book Fair organises throughout the year ...
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Financing Publishing Projects: the international Report

Securing funding for book projects has been one of the main tasks of publishers for hundreds of years. For centuries, it was fairly easy to estimate the costs: small sums of money were needed in the short-term, which were often covered using the company’s own resources, sometimes with considerable self-sacrifice. In these digital times, however, publishing houses want to launch not only traditional book projects, but also whole new business segments and models. The only question is: where do they find the money to do so? The Frankfurt Academy Quarterly has embarked on a journey through the world of investment to find out what lies behind alternative forms of financing, such as crowd investment. Which publishers are relying on corporate venture capital, and how successful has this been? Why do investors tend to see the creative industries as unreliable, despite the fact that they are statistically even more profitable than other sectors? And how do investment options differ between the major regions of Brazil, China and Europe?

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In our Three is a Crowd column we examine three different approaches to investment on a global scale: Brazil, China and the EU. The Brazilian publishing market is strongly influenced by the state – around 40 per cent of the educational market is in the hands of the government. We ask Michael Ross of Encyclopaedia Britannica why his company nevertheless decided to enter the Brazilian market. We then focus on China and ask Chinese-born serial entrepreneur Bowei Gai how the venture capital market there compares to Silicon Valley. Thirdly, as the European Union aims to build a single digital market for its 28 member states, a European public space without borders is also high on the publishers’ agenda – but it will still take a lot of innovation to make it a reality. We ask two insiders how the EU is prepared to support publishers in this, and we discuss with them how it will be possible to improve access to finance for European creative companies, which are facing a financing gap of up to 13 billion euros by 2020.

The US social media and technology giants, such as Facebook, Twitter and Google, all have bases in Ireland. Are there any spill-over effects of this on innovation in the Irish publishing scene? Irish publishing expert Eoin Purcell tells us more in Trending Topics.

Our Serendipity column is based on chance encounters – which very often prove to be the most fruitful. In this issue we learn about alternative forms of financing, such as crowd investment, and we meet successful corporate venture experts like Troy Williams of MacMillan Ventures.

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Digitalization leads to the separation of content and medium: With the internet, we constantly cross media boundaries. that's why stories matter so much.
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This outstanding publishing personality from China manages one of the most inspiring publishing houses. You should have a look at her>>
Liu Ruilin discusses her innovative Beijing-based publishing house Imaginist Press and shares her views on design, culture and China's publishing future.
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The writer and intellectual Dr. Lung Yingtai discusses her vision for the the “cultural industries,” the digital convergence in storytelling, and why literature in Taiwan will thrive. I did this...
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It’s time to celebrate the beauty of the book

From digitisation to new media and multimedia content, the book is facing some serious competition. It’s no longer the medium of choice for disseminating knowledge or information… 
And yet the book continues to have a special aura about it – that certain something.
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