China Publishing Industry Newsletter
The China publishing industry newsletter is a monthly mailing on the Chinese literary and publishing scenes. It is edited by Eric Abrahamsen. Email requests and queries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The following is meant to be a high-level overview of the companies and government bodies involved in digital publishing in China. Though it's a bit of a jawbreaker, we hope it will be useful as an orientation guide.
First, a word of background on the censorship system in China. Government control happens at two stages, pre- and post-publication. Prior to publishing a book, a publishing house must submit a book proposal to the General Administration of Press and Publication (GAPP) before it is granted an ISBN. After publication, books may be subject to random inspections of quality, editing standards, and content.
Chutzpah magazine, one of a handful of literary magazines coming out early this year, is the work of art critic, curator and general renaissance-man Ou Ning, currently head of the Shao Foundation in Beijing. Chutzpah (天南, or Tiannan, in Chinese) will be a bimonthly Chinese-language publication featuring original reportage and fiction, as well as translated articles from abroad, and an insert carrying English-language translations of selections from the magazine. Part of the Modern Media empire, Chutzpah will begin publication March 27.
Ask a Chinese reader for the name of her favorite thriller/mystery writer, and you might get a foreign name in response: Higashino Keigo (東野圭吾). Amazingly, a dozen or so of this Japanese author's works have been translated into Chinese since 2007, and frequently figure on the best-seller charts here.
If China is Unhappy was China's complaint about the behavior of other countries, then this book is a complaint by the Chinese, aimed at the Chinese themselves. The author Liang Xiaosheng dissects a series of "bummer" incidents in recent years, grumbling about them roundly. Just looking at the chapter titles, practically essays in themselves, gives a sense of the contents: "Popular Outrage is a Key Element of the 'Designs of the Elite'", "Cultural Revisionism Alone Won't Quell the Anger of the Masses", "Will Peasants Who Have Lost Their Land Ever Find the Truth?", "Why are We So Exhausted?", etc. This book has already begun to appear on best-seller lists.