Publishing Technology and CNPIEC, the China National Publications Import and Export Corporation, unveiled the Digital Gateway in a special ceremony at the London Book Fair on 17 April.
CNPIEC is the largest company fully licensed by the Chinese government to import publications.
According to an announcement by Publishing Technology, the largest industry provider of software and services, this is the most significant digital publishing platform ever launched for Chinese libraries.
The digital portal has been developed by Publishing Technology on the company's flagship online publishing platform, pub2web, and is managed by CNPIEC.
"With semantically enriched content and interfaces in English and Mandarin, the site directly links international publishers to over 10,000 of CNPIEC's public and academic member libraries and potentially millions of new users," Publishing Technology said in its announcement.
The new site, in line with the government's long-term digital publishing plans, will help improve online access and discoverability of content in Chinese libraries.
It is expected that in the next two years, over a million different content sources will be live and accessible on the site.
Wei Wu, deputy president of CNPIEC, commented: "The Digital Gateway is a significant new development in the digitisation of Chinese libraries and a refreshing new distribution channel for overseas publishers. By taking advantage of the current library market coverage of CNPIEC and having their content hosted on a leading digital technology, publishers from all over the world will be able to extend visibility and discoverability of their content to a new growing market."
"The Digital Gateway is set to dramatically shake up content consumption in China and we are extremely excited to offer publishers from around the world the unique opportunity to this resource, make their content go further and enjoy its lucrative benefits," George Lossius, CEO at Publishing Technology said.
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