“You’re stepping on my shadow, please back off,” she said.

Sun Yisheng / Nicky Harman

China Publishing Industry Newsletter: May 2012

The China Publishing Industry Newsletter is a monthly mailing on new happenings in the Chinese literary and publishing scenes. It is edited by Eric Abrahamsen , with research and writing by Yang Guang.

Features

Douban's New Publishing Platform

On May 7th, Douban became the newest Chinese web company to launch a retail platform for ebooks. After more than a year of work on the technical backend, the Douban Read platform is now live, selling both full-length ebooks and shorter "works".

First impression: the store has been made with the same attention ...

The Secrets of the London Book Fair

So the 2012 London Book Fair, and China's Market Focus presence there, are far enough behind us that a (very brief) retrospective may be in order.

How did it go? That depends on who you were. If you were of a political persuasion, it was a rousing success: much money was spent, many fine speeches were made, and no ...

Industry News

OpenBook Bestseller Lists for April

Beijing OpenBook, a group specializing in monitoring books retail sales, released April’s nationwide bestseller list . Megablogger and opinion leader Han Han tops the fiction list with Bright and Majestic ( 光明与磊落 ) (Hunan Literature and Arts Publishing House) his recent return to fiction, followed by Taiwan author Jiu Badao’s romance Those Girls We Used to Chase ( 那些年 , 我们一起追的女孩 ) (Modern Press ...

StoryDrive China

The Frankfurt Book Fair will bring its all-media platform StoryDrive, founded in 2010, to Beijing for the first time this year, on May 29 and 30. It will bring together publishers, agents, film producers and games developers to analyze the latest trends, discuss new business models, and develop strategies for future success. StoryDrive China Conference and Exhibition is to be ...

Private Publishing Industry Report

The Chinese Academy of Press and Publication released its 2011 China Private Publishing Industry Development Report in April, saying that China’s private publishing industry will show three major trends in 2012: diversity, transformation and digitalization. According to the report, more private publishing organizations will diversify their businesses into magazines, animation, movies, etc, and even into industries beyond media. Most ...

National Reading Survey

The Chinese Academy of Press and Publication released results of their latest national reading survey in April. The survey comprises 18,881 participants aged 18 to 70. It shows that in 2011, the percentage of those surveyed who read on digital devices (including online, mobile phones and electronic readers) increased to 38.6 percent, up 5.8 percent from that ...

New Books

The Book of Life

Henan writer Li Peifu portrays China’s half-a-century transformation in his novel The Book of Life , the finale of his “Plains Trilogy”, following 1999's Gate of the Lamb ( 羊的门 ) and 2003's Lights of the City ( 城的灯 ). Orphan Wu Zhipeng finds ...

Xin Shu

Liu Liu (penname of Zhang Xin, 张辛 ) went undercover at several hospitals in Shanghai for half a year, and came up with Xin Shu , a novel that tells the stories of three young doctors, and probes China’s controversial doctor-patient relationship. Liu ...

Ox Demons, Snake Spirits

Avant-garde writer Ma Yuan returns to the literary scene with the 300,000-word bildungsroman Ox Demons, Snake Spirits , after having “sealed his pen” for 20 years. Dayuan, a Red Guard from Shenyang, met Li Desheng, a mountain villager from Hainan province, during the ...

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