Premier presents Golden Tripod Awards to publishers

  • Date: 2016-07-12
  • Source: Department of Information Services, Executive Yuan
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At  the  Golden  Tripod  Awards  presentation  ceremony  held  today  in  Taipei,  Premier  Lin  Chuan  encouraged  the  publishing  industry  to  use  innovation  to  meet  the  challenges  brought  on  by  online  bookstores  and  digital  content  providers.

“These  challenges  to  the  world  of  traditional  publishing  present  an  opportunity  for  change,  and  so  the  industry  must  turn  to  innovation  and  creativity  and  forge  a  new  path  favorable  for  its  growth,”  Lin  said.

The  Golden  Tripod  is  the  highest  honor  in  Taiwan’s  publishing  industry.  Since  its  launch  in  1976,  the  award  has  influenced  different  periods  of  development  and  reflected  society’s  changing  landscape,  the  premier  added.

“The  ancient  Greek  scientist  Archimedes  said,  ‘Give  me  a  lever  long  enough  and  a  fulcrum  on  which  to  place  it  and  I  will  move  the  Earth.’  Here,  the  fulcrum  represents  knowledge,  and  knowledge  is  power.  Since  knowledge  is  disseminated  through  publications,  the  industry  holds  the  key  to  empowering  all  of  society,”  Lin  said.

This  year’s  special  contributions  award  went  to  the  founder  of  the  Taiwan  Association  for  Independent  Bookshop  Culture,  Howard  Chen,  who  also  helped  establish  the  Wenloding  Independent  Bookstores  Alliance.  Chen  helped  distinguish  independent  bookstores  from  traditional  and  modern  online  publishing  through  unique  marketing  and  business  models  that  gave  a  new  look  to  independent  bookshops.  

Currently  there  are  around  400  independent  bookstores  islandwide,  creating  centers  of  knowledge  in  their  communities  and  making  books  more  appealing  to  young  people.

According  to  the  Ministry  of  Culture,  this  year  saw  1,189  magazines,  books  and  digital  publications  competing  for  21  awards.  After  three  rounds  of  screening,  28  works  were  selected  as  winners  and  31  others  received  excellent  publication  recommendation  awards.