Many top international publishers including John Wiley & Sons (Asia), McGraw-Hill Education (Asia), Pearson Education South Asia, Sage Publications Asia Pacific, Burda Singapore and Edipresse Asia have chosen to establish offices here, contributing to the thriving publishing landscape in Singapore, along with home-grown publishers such as Marshall Cavendish Publishing Group and World Scientific Publishing Co.
With media convergence and the rapid adoption of Internet-enabled devices, as well as changes in media consumption patterns, digital publishing is quickly becoming a mainstay in the publishing sector, presenting new opportunities for the industry. Riding on this trend, the former MDA, now IMDA, collaborated with the Singapore Book Publishers Association (SBPA) to launch the Content Digitisation Programme to encourage publishers to venture into digital publishing, as well as increase accessibility to content produced from Singapore.
IMDA also supports companies in developing content for both print and digital platforms. Examples include children’s book series Ellie Belly and Robozonic by Bubbly Books, which are made available in both print and digital formats, with the digital versions being distributed worldwide to e-Bookstores such as Amazon, Lybrary, Feedbooks, eBook.de and Kobo; as well as Tien Wah Press’ animated book series Ouju and language learner series Step One, which is published in digital formats for the mobile platforms.
Indeed, publishing is moving in new directions. Apart from distributing their works on digital platforms, authors are also exploring the option of delivering their content on other platforms such as TV and games to further exploit the Intellectual Property (IP) that they have created. Local author Adeline Foo’s popular The Diary of Amos Lee book series was adapted into a TV series and also made into a mobile game.