Idag tillkännagavs i Taiwan lanseringen av ett regeringsprogram för att främja utvecklingen av e-boksindustrin. Industrial Development Bureau under Ministry of Economic Affairs kommer att investera över 2 miljarder taiwanesiska dollar (425 miljoner kronor) de kommande 5 åren.
Med blandningen av högteknologi, internet och digitalt innehåll håller nu e-boksindustrin på att blomstra globalt.
Government Information Office
December 2, 2009
Government to launch e-book industry development program
The Executive Yuan Council will formally announce at its December 3 meeting the launching of a government program to promote the development of the electronic publications industry in Taiwan. According to the plan, the Industrial Development Bureau (IDB) of the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) will invest over NT$2 billion (US$66 million) on related projects over the next five years. The IDB estimates that by the end of the first quarter of 2010, five to six local electronics manufacturers will be producing e-book readers. Further, the MOEA will subsidize research and development to set up an online Chinese-language digital publications service similar to that of Amazon.com, shouldering up to 40 percent of the expense therefor.
With its marriage of high technology, the Internet and digital content, and with e-book readers taking the place of notebook and desktop computers in accessing a variety of online services, the up-and-coming e-book industry is beginning to flourish globally. The MOEA stated that it will provide subsidies to developers and producers of various technologies, products and services with the aim of expediting integration of a strong e-book industry chain.
Far EasTone Telecommunications has already applied to the MOEA for financial assistance in its bid to become Taiwan’s first provider of e-book content to mobile readers using WIMAX (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access) communications technology in coordination with publishers, software developers and hardware manufacturers.
IDB Director-General Woody T. J. Duh indicated that unlike the closed business platform of the U.S.-based Amazon.com, Taiwan plans to establish an open platform that will allow for cross-industry and transnational cooperation, offering digital publications in many languages in addition to Chinese that are readable using any kind of e-book reader.
With keen interest in technical and content-related cooperation between businesses in Taiwan and mainland China, authorities on each side of the Taiwan Strait have already in principle agreed to adopt the free and open EPUB digital standard.
The MOEA plans to engage in further talks with its mainland counterpart on information exchange standards in June of next year, paving the way for e-book content providers to create a platform for cross-strait collaboration in developing the Chinese-language market.