Antitrust investigation of Amazon called for

Amazon just celebrated its 20th birthday with something called Prime Day. The Authors Guild simultaneously announced a call for a Department of Justice investigation of the company. You may remember my letter last August, “Amazon update: when will the Justice Department step in?” I wrote: “I suspect that Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, is alert to the

By |2015-07-17T10:58:05-05:00July 17th, 2015|Karen's Letter|0 Comments

China Travels, New York to Yantai

A month ago I landed in China for a trip that took me to a food and wine conference in Shandong Province, to Guangzhou, Hong Kong, and Shanghai for meeting with authors, publishers, and distributors, and allowed me to spend two and a half weeks in Beijing seeing friends, colleagues, and family - including my son,

By |2016-07-27T06:12:39-05:00July 2nd, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Today in Guangdong

I’ll be spending the day with our partners in Guangzhou, the Guangdong People’s Publishing Group, and found this article from the Berkshire Encyclopedia of China an excellent overview of the region. If you don’t know Guangdong, or that Guangzhou is the current name for the city formerly called Canton, this will get you up to speed.

By |2015-07-13T18:37:36-05:00June 16th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Guanxi is the key to doing business in China

That's what all the books said, and I was intrigued by the idea that guanxi - relationships - is the absolutely fundamental thing, the starting point, for anyone who planned to do business in China. I didn't really understand how this was different from doing business in the West, and I didn't have any special advantages

By |2015-05-19T13:35:12-05:00May 19th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Our global team at work

I woke up in Massachusetts and responded to an email from Mar Kaiser, our Germany-based editor, who said she'd just heard from Kara Lozier, who is currently working from Uzbekistan. I sent a WeChat to Tom in Beijing, and then it was time to pour my first cup of tea. There are emails from our production

By |2015-05-19T10:49:55-05:00May 19th, 2015|Berkshire Blog|0 Comments

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