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Forum Investigates E-Publishing Boom

20 Apr 2010

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The growth of the e-publishing industry, the business challenges and opportunities facing booksellers and publishers was the focus of an international student forum at the University of Sydney in April.

Twenty-five students from universities from around the world including Sydney, Western Australia, Nanjing (China), Alberta (Canada), Leeds and York (UK) looked at this issue in depth at the STIMULATE forum, organised by the Faculty of Economics and Business in conjunction with the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN)*.

The Worldwide Universities Network comprises 15 research-intensive institutions spanning 5 continents. Their mission is to be one of the leading international Higher Education networks, collaborating to accelerate the creation of knowledge and to develop leaders who will be prepared to address the significant challenges, and opportunities, of our rapidly changing world.

Among the interested observers at the four-day forum was Science Minister Kim Carr, who delivered a keynote address to students at the University. Mr Carr recently set up a Book Industry Strategy Group to help the Australian book industry meet the challenges posed by online book sales.

Forum convener, Dr Richard Seymour from the Faculty of Economics and Business at The University of Sydney, said: "The students were dealing with a real life scenario, and their findings will now be fed back into the Book Industry Strategy Group's work."

"This was a great opportunity for the students to learn and network at a global level, and exposed them to the challenges of innovation and business growth."

"It was also a fantastic chance for the Book Industry Strategy group to get some ideas from the enthusiastic entrepreneurs of tomorrow about what's happening internationally and identify ways to overcome some major challenges."

Professor John Hearn, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International) at the University of Sydney and Chief Executive of WUN, said the forum was a new event that reflected the WUN's commitment to fostering the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs.

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* The Worldwide Universities Network comprises 15 research-intensive institutions spanning 5 continents. Their mission is to be one of the leading international Higher Education networks, collaborating to accelerate the creation of knowledge and to develop leaders who will be prepared to address the significant challenges, and opportunities, of our rapidly changing world.