China media baron Thomas Shao launches two cultural titles

Mainland media baron Thomas Shao is determined to raise the standards of cultural media in Hong Kong. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Shao is set to launch two international titles devoted to culture and arts in the city and says he believes culture is its future. Hong Kong's arts and culture scene has grown tremendously in the past five years with art fairs, auctions and the West Kowloon arts hub project, but Shao said the media was falling behind.

Sunday, 19 May, 2013, 7:42am

Penguin joins settlement in US e-books lawsuit

Penguin Group has agreed to join three other publishers in a settlement of a US government lawsuit alleging an e-book price-fixing conspiracy with Apple, officials said.

The Justice Department said that with four of the five publishers having agreed to a settlement, it will proceed in its case against Apple and the remaining publisher, Macmillan.

19 Dec 2012 - 12:28pm

Monday Face: Michael Diekmann

Allianz chairman Michael Diekmann says he learned valuable lessons running the group's businesses in Asia, the US and Europe. Photo: EPA

As chairman of German financial giant Allianz, Michael Diekmann is constantly on the go around the world, keeping up with the company's 142,000 employees and 78 million customers in 70 countries.

17 Dec 2012 - 5:30am

Oxford English Dictionary editor 'secretly rewrote entries'

Oxford dictionaries. Photo: Edmond So

An eminent former editor of the Oxford English Dictionary covertly deleted thousands of words because of their foreign origins and bizarrely blamed previous editors, according to claims in a book published this week.

Robert Burchfield's efforts to secretly rewrite the dictionary have been uncovered by Sarah Ogilvie, a linguist, lexicographer and herself a former OED editor.

28 Nov 2012 - 5:17am

Toy Box: e-book readers

Toy Box: e-book readers

Kindle Paperwhite It began by mimicking a book, but in digital, then it added a touch screen, and the latest Kindle (HK$920-HK$1,400) takes another huge step forward.

26 Oct 2012 - 2:50pm

Joyce and i-D stage joint exhibition

Joyce and i-D stage joint exhibition

Tricia Jones, co-owner of innovative British style magazine i-D, is full of enthusiasm for her new project on the mainland. The effortlessly beautiful 65-year-old sits on a sofa in Joyce's Paris boutique, in the arcades of the Palais Royal, dressed in a pinstripe grey two-piece suit and Converse trainers.

26 Oct 2012 - 2:53pm

Newsweek will no longer print, going digital

Newsweek will print its final edition at the end of this year.

After nearly 80 years of publication, the news magazine will shift to a digital-only format, available online and on tablet computers, editor-in-chief Tina Brown said on the magazine's website yesterday. Its last will be the December 31 issue.

19 Oct 2012 - 5:19am

Making the planet a bit more Lonely

Lonely Planet, the travel bible for backpackers across the globe, is to triple its publications on the mainland in the next five years, at a time when outbound tourism is approaching 100 million a year.

17 Sep 2012 - 3:11am

Dearie; Obsessive Compulsive Cycling Disorder; The Corruption of Malcolm Gladwell

Dearie; Obsessive Compulsive Cycling Disorder; The Corruption of Malcolm Gladwell

Upon the publication in October 1961 of Mastering the Art of French Cooking, The New York Times' restaurant critic Craig Claiborne deemed it "the definitive work for non-professionals". 

31 Aug 2012 - 2:35pm

To our readers

From Monday August 20, the South China Morning Post and Sunday Morning Post will adopt a compact broadsheet format, in line with many broadsheets in the industry. Main section pages will retain their height but be slightly narrower. Tabloid and magazine pages will be slightly shorter.

17 Aug 2012 - 12:47pm

Helen Gurley Brown, longtime Cosmopolitan editor, dies at 90

Helen Gurley Brown, seen here in her flat in 1965, has died at the age of 90. Some saw her as the first feminist spokeswoman. Photo: Bettmann/CORBIS

Helen Gurley Brown, who inspired women in the 1960s to go out and get what they wanted out of life, including good sex whether they were married or not, has died.

The longtime editor of Cosmopolitan magazine died on Monday at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia, aged 90, said Hearst Corporation.

15 Aug 2012 - 5:02am

Food, but not for thought, permeates new book megastore

It's crowded, noisy and the smell of stir-fried meat lingers in the air - those were just some of the complaints from Hong Kong book lovers disappointed by their first look at the city's biggest bookshop.

Taiwanese chain Eslite has promised its trademark relaxed reading culture at its megastore in Hysan Place, which opened in Causeway Bay yesterday.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:23pm

Fads rule reading lists in fickle city, booksellers say

Running a bookshop in Hong Kong is hard in the best of times, but the fickle and unpredictable nature of the city's reading preferences makes it even more difficult, booksellers say.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:58pm

Censors ban train crash coverage

Censors have banned coverage of the first anniversary of the deadly high-speed-train crash in Wenzhou , Zhejiang province, in the latest move to tighten media control ahead of the Communist Party's national congress later this year.

20 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

More English books, discounts

Book lovers can expect large discounts and a wider selection of books in English when the Hong Kong Book Fair opens today.

That's as competition among 530 exhibitors intensifies due to rising rents and limited space.

18 Jul 2012 - 12:00am