One of my most interesting PS Media projects is writing a report for the UK Publishers Association on Singapore's book markets and publishing industry. The report will be available via the Publishers Association soon (very soon!). Here is my current draft of one section, on regulation of the industry, and I am posting it here to invite comments and input from the public and industry players. Please leave your thoughts here, or email me directly. Your help is most appreciated!
As in other countries, the circulation of published material is regulated in Singapore, though the standards for limiting circulation are more restrictive than in many other Asian countries, mostly regarding issues of “public order or morality”. In practice, regulation is done in a mostly nuanced way, and as the regulator's website puts it “leeway is given for books”. That being said, Singapore's defamation laws are not favourable to publishers, and a few political hot-button subjects have attracted heavy reactions from government or political figures in the recent past.
Singapore's e-book market is just getting off the ground, and I think we need to have more conversations about how we should move forward. So I've been a real busy-body, talking to people, and putting my oar in as per this recent article for Publishing Perspectives. Also I'm one of those people who thinks by writing - not always the most efficient way to either think or write of course.
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