TAIPEI (The China Post) – According to the annual survey of the National Central Library, the total number of publications in Taiwan topped world ranking in 2018 even though the book publishing industry is drastically shrinking.
Chao Cheng-ming (趙政岷), chairman of the Taipei Book Fair Foundation, blamed the alleged change of modern reading patterns for transforming the industry. People nowadays are only willing to spend their free time on social media or binge watching, he said.
“To be more specific, cellphones have now become the new reading platform. It has become a natural extension of the human body on which we spend the majority of our lives,” said Chao.
Kuo Hsien-wei (郭顯煒), former editor-in-chief of a local publisher mufonebooks (沐風文化), remarked that publishers just needed to look for authors or buy translation copyrights in the past. Today, publishers need to become hubs for content production, added Kuo.
“Many people want to publish something, but they are not so good at writing. What we can do now is help mold personal brands by providing guidance and assisting with the printing process,” said Kuo.