Celebrating an Industry's Best
Next, pirates created an illegal copy of "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" and released it into the Chinese marketplace just two weeks after the official English-language release and three months before the scheduled Chinese-language edition release, according to an Associated Press report. It seemed perfect timing that BookTech's feature story is examining piracy and whether or not offshore manufacturing increases a publisher's risk.
In a more positive vein, two "Harry Potter" publishers—Raincoast and Carlsen—also made headlines for their use of paper containing high levels of postconsumer-waste recycled content. With "Harry Potter" editions going "green," some environmental groups are hoping other publishers will follow suit. BookTech decided to take a look at whether it's feasible—cost-wise—for publishers to do so.