HarperCollins Announces Initiatives in China

Publisher to establish local partnerships, co-publishing projects, and launch new online Collins English-Chinese dictionary.

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Beijing, China (PRWEB) August 31, 2006

HarperCollins Publishers Worldwide President and CEO Jane Friedman today announced a series of new cooperative initiatives in China. They include the distribution of select Chinese works overseas, the publishing of Swordbird in the U.S., U.K. and China, and the launch of Cidian.cn, an online Collins English-Chinese dictionary.

The People’s Literature Publishing House

HarperCollins has signed a collaboration agreement with The People’s Literature Publishing House, with the full support of the General Administration of Press and Publication (GAPP), calling for new and classical works by Chinese authors to be translated and published overseas. HarperCollins intends to work closely with a university in the U.S. with strengths in Chinese literature to develop this publishing program. Initially five Chinese classic titles will be published for the English speaking market.

“We are committed to working closely with China’s publishing industry and are excited by our partnership with The People’s Literature Publishing House,” said Ms. Friedman, who is in China to speak at the Beijing International Publishing Forum. “As a global publishing company, we see English translation of Chinese literary works as an under-served category and therefore an opportunity.

Commenting on the agreement, Liu Yushan, President of The People’s Literature Publishing House, said, “It is our goal to enable people around the world to appreciate and enjoy works of Chinese literature. Our cooperation with HarperCollins will enable this.”

Worldwide Launch of Swordbird

In addition to sharing classical works of literature, both HarperCollins and The People’s Literature Publishing House announced the publishing of Swordbird in the U.S., U.K. and China. The story, written by 12-year-old Nancy Yi Fan, a Chinese native, first came to the attention of HarperCollins when Nancy emailed her manuscript to Ms. Friedman. The book will be published in February 2007 in English by HarperCollins Children’s Books and in Chinese by The People’s Literature Publishing House.

New Free Online Dictionary Web site, http://www.Cidian.cn

As part of HarperCollins’ China program, Brian Murray, Group President, also announced the launch of Cidian.cn, an online Collins Dictionary service featuring a full English-Chinese translation dictionary and an English dictionary designed specifically for students learning English. These will provide comprehensive language resources, phraseology, language and cultural notes as well as thousands of translated examples. Appropriately named from the Chinese word for dictionary, Cidian.cn (pronounced “tsih di’en”) will enable users in China and globally to look up words, read translations, view corresponding entries and benefit from other advanced search functions.

“With more than 350 million Chinese consumers learning English, our goal is for Cidian.cn to become a leading dictionary destination on the Internet,” Murray said. The service will be available online to users worldwide at Cidian.cn, starting in October, 2006.

Stella Chou will oversee these initiatives in China. As managing director, Ms. Chou will be responsible for collaborating with various local partners and fostering stronger links between Western and Chinese cultures. Ms. Chou comes to HarperCollins from Children's Fun Publishing Company Ltd., a joint venture publishing company of Egmont in China, where she was managing director.

About HarperCollins Publishers

HarperCollins, one of the largest English-language publishers in the world, is a subsidiary of News Corporation (NYSE: NWS, NWS.A; ASX: NWS, NWSLV). Headquartered in New York, HarperCollins has publishing groups around the world including the HarperCollins General Books Group, HarperCollins Children's Books Group, Zondervan, HarperCollins UK, HarperCollins Canada, HarperCollins Australia/New Zealand and HarperCollins India. HarperCollins is a broad-based publisher with strengths in literary and commercial fiction, business books, children's books, cookbooks, mystery, romance, reference, religious and spiritual books. With nearly 200 years of history HarperCollins has published some of the world's foremost authors and has won numerous awards including the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award, the Newbery Medal and the Caldecott. Consistently at the forefront of innovation and technological advancement, HarperCollins is the first publisher to digitize its content and create a global digital warehouse to protect the rights of its authors, meet consumer demand and generate additional business opportunities. You can visit HarperCollins Publishers on the Internet at http://www.harpercollins.com.

About The People’s Literature Publishing House

Since its founding in March 1951, The People’s Literature Publishing House has published many leading publications covering all literary fields, ancient and contemporary, domestic and overseas. In addition, several literary journals are edited and published, which find favor in the eyes of a great number of readers. The People’s Literature Publishing House is one of China’s Outstanding Publishing Houses and a member of the China Publishing Group. Each year, The People’s Literature Publishing House publishes over 500 new titles, building upon a collection of more than 8,000 titles published that include domestic works as well as translations of important works from overseas. The People’s Literature Publishing House has won over 200 literature awards, including the National Book Award for 19 titles and Mao Dun Literature Prize for 14 titles.

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