By Dennis Abrams
Companies like Shanda Literature report incredible figures for the number of books posted and users reading the work. But is it any good and are those readers pleased?
Xihinanet.com reports that over 80% of the people in China have read books online, but large numbers of them are not satisfied with the quality of literature being offered, according to an online survey by the China Youth Daily.
Some 88.8 percent of respondents said that they have read novels online, while 23.6% said that they were frequent readers.
Survey participants said that easy reading, novelty, and easy access to ebooks were the major attractions of online reading.
On the other hand, only 20% of those surveyed said that they were satisfied with the quality of books available online, and more than 30% said that they believed that most online novels were not “top quality” but were inferior pieces of work.
To add to that, 36.9% said that they did not believe that online reading would have “positive effects on readership,” while 57.5% expressed concern that “too much violent and obscene content in books may mislead readers, especially those of a young age.”
The report added that the majority of readers said that they read online to “kill time” and for the purpose of relaxing.
Another recent survey reports that in China last year, readers on average read 4.39 books, 77.2 newspapers, 6.56 magazines, and 2.35 ebooks, an increase for ebooks of 65% over the previous year.