China Bestsellers: July Was Driven by Summer’s School Reading Lists

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With the return to school on the horizon, classroom reading lists dominate the mid-summer charts in China for July.

On the Bund at Zhongshan Road in Shanghai. Image – Getty iStockphoto: Robert Way

By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson

Fiction in July: School Reading Lists in Sway
Those summer reading lists. Just when you start to see the arrival of some new books on China’s bestselling fiction charts as we did in June, the curriculum-driven course recommendations take over and we’re looking once more at classics of the classroom.

You’ll find they include Luo Guangbin and Yang Yiyan’s Red Crag from China Youth Press (moving up 13 spots to No. 1); To Live by Yu Hua from Beijing October Art & Literature Publishing House (at No. 2); and The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin from Chongqing Publishing House (at No. 3).

‘First Frost’

Additional familiar titles from the reading list include Dream of the Red Chamber by Cao Xueqin (People’s Literature Publishing House), which was powered 10 spots up the list to No. 7 by the syllabi provided by the school system. And here’s Water Margin by Shi Nai’an and Luo Guanzhong (People’s Literature Publishing House); Journey to the West by Wu Cheng’en (another from the People’s Literature Publishing House); and Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder in a new edition ( The Writers’ Publishing House).

In all, nine titles on the chart in July are from lists of reading recommends for students, and all were published before 2017. Nevertheless, our associates at Beijing OpenBook do point to two new entries on the fiction list, even amid the scholastic recommendations.

One is First Frost (The End) by Zhu Yi (Jiangsu Literature & Art Press) at No. 6, and the other is Bloom of Youth (The End) by Wu Zhe (Guangdong Tourism Publishing House) at No. 19. In both cases, as the titles imply, these are books published from “online literature,” the intensely popular digital serial stories of the region, published with that alluring “The End” in the title to draw consumers who have been following them.

‘Bloom of Youth’

In fact, it’s pointed out to us that there were eight titles drawn from online literature in the fiction list for July, most of them published in the last two years. The single title published this year is Wencheng by Yu Hua, coming in at No. 22 in July and published by the Beijing October Art & Literature Publishing House.

The research team at OpenBook makes an interesting observation about this. Many of the newer, more popular books in China, they say, tend to lie in niche areas of interest. That makes it hard for such newer work to gain the kind of broad-based support needed to make it onto the bestseller lists–at least without the assist of some outside influence such as the celebrity endorsement that propelled Neil Gaiman’s story collection Smoke and Mirrors into view last month.

The trends in sales for both online and physical bookstore channels were similar in July, with summer-reading lists ruling the road–eight such titles in physical store channels and nine in digital retail. Much of the consumer base for the titles drawn from online literature, it turns out, are female students, on the younger end of the spectrum in middle school and on the other end in college.

July’s Nonfiction: Six New Entries

School students on a bus in Chongqing, June 13, 2020. Image – Getty iStockphoto: Hello ABC

‘Big Girl’

Six new titles were on the July nonfiction list, showing an unusual level of energy on the normally sedate chart.

  • Close to The Buddha by Khenpo Sherab Zangpo Rinpoche, at No. 3
  • 30 Minutes of World History in Cartoon (Volume 2) by Chen Lei, at No. 22
  • Souvenirs Entomologiques by Jean-Henri Casimir Fabre, ranked at No. 24
  • Take Yourself Seriously by Yang Tianzhen, at No. 25
  • Big Girl by Yang Lan, ranked at No. 28
  • Life Is Worth Living by Nakamura Tsuneko, at No. 30

Notice the self-help emphasis in three of those six: Take Yourself Seriously, focused on interpersonal communication; Big Girl, focused on women’s growth; and Life Is Worth Living, stressing warmth and strength in time of disruption, as in a pandemic.

A Second Sales Peak for Children’s Titles

‘Little Soldier Zhang’

In the children’s book rankings, the summer-reading season propelled some backlisted titles into view. What’s more, The collection of Lin Handa’s Chinese History Stories by Lin Handa and Xue Gang and Magical Kingdom of Numbers by Li Yupe have arrived with audiobook editions available on the Ximalaya platform. Our associates point to the trend of contemporary parents using both audio and video in their children’s reading, and these titles clearly hit the mark at No. 23 and No. 25, respectively.

And for those who pine for bestseller attention, never assume it can’t come late. Little Soldier Zhang Ga by Xu Guangyao from Changjiang Children’s Press, was published in 2016. “The book was selected as one of a group of ‘100 Patriotic Books’ chosen by five major ministries in China, and was included in the very long-named  Basic Education Curriculum and Teaching Materials Development Center Reading Guidance Catalogue for Primary and Secondary School Students (2020 Edition) in 2020,” our associates write. “As a classic children’s book, it not only allows readers to feel the poverty and cruelty of wartime life but also the kindness, wit, and bravery of the main character, Zhang Ga.”

Below, then, are OpenBook’s overall lists from July of bestsellers in fiction, nonfiction, and children’s books, followed by its lists of bestselling fiction and nonfiction in China by authors from outside the country. At the end of our article, as always, you’ll find notes on how the lists are constructed.

OpenBook’s Fiction Bestsellers, July 2021
June 2021 Ranking July 2021 Ranking ISBN Release Date Title (Translated) Author Chinese Publisher
14 1 9787500601593 2005-08 Red Crag Luo Guangbin,Yang Yiyan China Youth Press
5 2 9787530215593 2017-06 To Live Yu hua Beijing October Art & Literature Publishing House
1 3 9787536692930 2008-01 The Three-Body Problem Liu Cixin Chongqing Publishing House
2 4 9787536693968 2008-05 The Dark Forest Liu Cixin Chongqing Publishing House
3 5 9787229030933 2010-11 Death’s End Liu Cixin Chongqing Publishing House
Not Ranked 6 9787559455000 2021-06 First Frost (The End) Zhu Yi Jiangsu Literature & Art Press
17 7 9787020002207 1998-07 Dream of the Red Chamber Cao Xueqin People’s Literature Publishing House
4 8 9787540487645 2018-06 Moments We Shared Zhang Jiajia Hunan Literature & Art Press
6 9 9787544291170 2017-08 One Hundred Years of Solitude (50th Anniversary Edition) Gabriel García Márquez Nan Hai Publishing Co.
Not Ranked 10 9787020008742 1998-07 Water Margin Shi Nai’an, Luo Guanzhong People’s Literature Publishing House
12 11 9787559452788 2020-12 First Frost Zhu Yi Jiangsu Literature & Art Press
Not Ranked 12 9787020008735 1998-07 Journey to the West Wu Cheng’en People’s Literature Publishing House
22 13 9787020090006 2012-07 Fortress Besieged Qian Zhongshu People’s Literature Publishing House
Not Ranked 14 9787506394864 2017-09 Sophie’s World (New Edition) Jostein Gaarder The Writers’ Publishing House
16 15 9787544766500 2017-01 To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee Yilin Press
24 16 9787555285298 2020-03 Hidden Love Zhu Yi Qingdao Publishing House
15 17 9787544291163 2017-08 Journey Under the Midnight Sun (2017 Edition) Keigo Higashino Nan Hai Publishing Co.
Not Ranked 18 9787530216774 2017-07 Ordinary Word Lu Yao Beijing October Art & Literature Publishing House
Not Ranked 19 9787557024550 2021-06 Bloom of Youth (The End) Wu Zhe Guangdong Tourism Publishing House
11 20 9787506331746 2005-05 Distant Savior Dou Dou The Writer’s Publishing House
9 21 9787530216781 2017-06 Ordinary Word (3 Volumns) Lu Yao Beijing October Art & Literature Publishing House
8 22 9787530221099 2021-02 Wencheng Yu hua Beijing October Art & Literature Publishing House
30 23 9787506344791 2008-12 Street Wizards Feng Jicai The Writer’s Publishing House
20 24 9787544285148 2016-10 Malice Keigo Higashino Nan Hai Publishing Co.
Not Ranked 25 9787020008728 1998-07 Romance of the Three Kingdoms Luo Guanzhong People’s Literature Publishing House
26 26 9787549276042 2021-05 Aye Yin Luxing Chang Jiang Press
10 27 9787515521763 2021-05 Personal Notes of Wu Xie Nanpai Sanshu Jincheng Press
21 28 9787544267618 2014-06 The Devotion of Suspect X Keigo Higashino Nan Hai Publishing Co.
19 29 9787550032859 2019-07 You are My Desire Qi Jian Baihuazhou Literature & Art Publishing House
13 30 9787550032071 2019-02 White Olive Tree Jiu Yuexi Baihuazhou Literature & Art Publishing House

OpenBook’s Nonfiction Bestsellers, July 2021
June 2021 Ranking July 2021 Ranking ISBN Release Date Title (Translated) Author Chinese Publisher
1 1 9787201161693 2020-08 Counselling for Toads: A Psychological Adventure Robert de Board Tianjin People’s Publishing House
11 2 9787020116133 2016-06 Red Star Over China Edgar Snow People’s Literature Publishing House
Not Ranked 3 9787544334792 2011-01 Close to The Buddha Khenpo Sherab Zangpo Rinpoche Hainan Publishing House
10 4 9787557024413 2021-05 If History were a Group of Cats: Prosperity of the Tang Dynasty Fei Zhi Guangdong Tourism Publishing House
2 5 9787549632725 2020-09 30 Minutes of Chinese History in Cartoon (5) Chen Lei Wenhui Publishing House
3 6 9787539999883 2017-03 30 Minutes of Chinese History in Cartoon Chen Lei Jiangsu Literature & Art Press
7 7 9787559643926 2020-08 Master of Learning Li Zheyuan Beijing Union Publishing Co., Ltd.
4 8 9787544387866 2019-09 30 Minutes of Chinese History in Cartoon (4) Chen Lei Hainan Publishing House
5 9 9787544382045 2018-05 30 Minutes of Chinese History in Cartoon (2) Chen Lei Hainan Publishing House
6 10 9787544382052 2018-05 30 Minutes of Chinese History in Cartoon (3) Chen Lei Hainan Publishing House
8 11 9787544276986 2019-10 Educated: A Memoir Tara Westover Nan Hai Publishing Co.
15 12 9787557023041 2020-10 If History were a Group of Cats: Sui and Tang Dynasty Fei Zhi Guangdong Tourism Publishing House
14 13 9787559313652 2017-09 If History were a Group of Cats: Xia, Shang and Western Zhou Dynasty Fei Zhi Heilongjiang Fine Arts Press
Not Ranked 14 9787540484880 2018-01 The Gay Genius: The Life and Times of Su Tungpo Lin Yutang Hunan Literature & Art Press
16 15 9787559330260 2018-06 If History were a Group of Cats: The Spring-autumn and Warring State Period Fei Zhi Heilongjiang Fine Arts Press
12 16 9787572201882 2020-08 The Value Zhang Lei Zhejiang Education Press Co.,Ltd
13 17 9787508095226 2018-09 Nonviolent Communication Marshall B.Rosenberg Huaxia Publishing House
9 18 9787559418111 2018-04 30 Minutes of World History in Cartoon Chen Lei Jiangsu Literature & Art Press
18 19 9787557020149 2019-09 If History were a Group of Cats: Three Kingdoms Fei Zhi Guangdong Tourism Publishing House
17 20 9787557017477 2019-02 If History were a Group of Cats: Qin, Chu, Western Han and Eastern Han Dynasty Fei Zhi Guangdong Tourism Publishing House
20 21 9787557020132 2019-09 If History were a Group of Cats: The End of Eastern Han Dynasty Fei Zhi Guangdong Tourism Publishing House
Not Ranked 22 9787547739549 2021-05 30 Minutes of World History in Cartoon (2) Chen Lei Beijing daily publishing house
Not Ranked 23 9787101127867 2017-09 Translation and Annotation of the Analects of Confucius Zhonghua Book Company
Not Ranked 24 9787544775830 2019-07 Souvenirs Entomologiques Jean-Henri Casimir Fabre Yilin Press
Not Ranked 25 9787559651211 2021-03 Take Yourself Seriously Yang Tianzhen Beijing Union Publishing Co., Ltd.
24 26 9787111495482 2015-04 The Courage to Be Disliked Ichiro Kishimi China Machine Press
23 27 9787559639134 2020-06 The Rise of China Jin Yinan Beijing Union Publishing Co., Ltd.
Not Ranked 28 9787532179862 2021-06 Big Girl Yang Lan Shanghai Literature & Art Press
22 29 9787540489304 2019-01 Danshari Eiko Yamashita Hunan Literature & Art Press
Not Ranked 30 9787547734315 2019-09 Life is Worth Living Nakamura Tsuneko, Hiromi Okuda Beijing daily publishing house

OpenBook’s Children’s Bestsellers, July 2021
June 2021 Ranking July 2021 Ranking ISBN Release Date Title (Translated) Author Chinese Publisher
30 1 9787534618727 1998-07 The Straw Hut Cao Wenxuan Jiangsu Juvenile and Children’s Publishing House
8 2 9787534633362 2005-05 Bronze and Sunflower Cao Wenxuan Jiangsu Juvenile and Children’s Publishing House
18 3 9787544288590 2018-06 Totto-Chan: The Little Girl at the Window (2018 Edition) Tetsuko Kuroyanagi Nan Hai Publishing Co.
Not Ranked 4 9787559706522 2018-05 The Foolish and the Unhappy (With Chinese Pinyin) Ren Rongrong Zhejiang Juvenile and Children’s Publishing House
Not Ranked 5 9787534256301 2009-09 Dreaming of Being a Wolf King (2018 Edition) Shen Shixi Zhejiang Juvenile and Children’s Publishing House
Not Ranked 6 9787533299224 2018-10 Fantastic Mr. Fox Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake Tomorrow Publishing House
29 7 9787558900648 2017-07 Winter of Three Hairs (With Chinese Pinyin) Zhang Leping Juvenile & Children’s Publishing House
Not Ranked 8 9787532767373 2014-08 Charlotte’s web Elwyn Brooks White Shanghai Translation Publishing House
1 9 9787536574397 2016-01 Mi Xiaoquan’s Brain-teaser: Clever Little Prodigy Bei Mao Sichuan Juvenile and Children’s Publishing House
Not Ranked 10 9787020144532 2018-10 Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone JK Rowling People’s Literature Publishing House
Not Ranked 11 9787556043576 2016-04 Little Soldier Zhang Ga Xu Guangyao Changjiang Children’s Press
6 12 9787536593749 2020-05 Mi Xiaoquan’s Brain-teaser: Game of the Wise Bei Mao Sichuan Juvenile and Children’s Publishing House
2 13 9787536574366 2016-01 Mi Xiaoquan’s Brain-teaser: Stratego Bei Mao Sichuan Juvenile and Children’s Publishing House
5 14 9787536593756 2020-05 Mi Xiaoquan’s Brain-teaser: Password Discovery Bei Mao Sichuan Juvenile and Children’s Publishing House
Not Ranked 15 9787501605095 2011-10 The Straw Hut Cao Wenxuan Foreign Literature Press
9 16 9787536593459 2020-05 Mi Xiaoquan’s Brain-teaser: ‘Have a Meal’ Restaurant Bei Mao Sichuan Juvenile and Children’s Publishing House
7 17 9787536593442 2020-05 Mi Xiaoquan’s Brain-teaser: The Magic Lamp Bei Mao Sichuan Juvenile and Children’s Publishing House
4 18 9787536574373 2016-01 Mi Xiaoquan’s Brain-teaser: The Great Adventure of the Castle Bei Mao Sichuan Juvenile and Children’s Publishing House
3 19 9787536574380 2016-01 Mi Xiaoquan’s Brain-teaser: Who’s the Smart Guy? Bei Mao Sichuan Juvenile and Children’s Publishing House
19 20 9787521726473 2020-12 A Dog Named Money Bodo Schafer CITIC Publishing House Co.,Ltd
Not Ranked 21 9787544824958 2012-06 The Big First-year and the Little Second-year Taruhi Furuta Jieli Publishing House
Not Ranked 22 9787532767373 2014-08 Charlotte’s Web Elwyn Brooks White Shanghai Translation Publishing House
Not Ranked 23 9787514840469 2017-10 Collection of Lin Handa’s Chinese History Stories Lin Handa, Xue Gang China Juvenile and Children’s Publishing House
Not Ranked 24 9787530749760 2011-02 Grandma on the Apple Tree Mira Lobe New Buds Publishing House
Not Ranked 25 9787514801910 2011-05 Magical Kingdom of Numbers Li Yupei China Juvenile and Children’s Publishing House
Not Ranked 26 9787533259617 2009-03 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake Tomorrow Publishing House
Not Ranked 27 9787530761243 2014-11 Dear Mr.Henshaw Beverly Cleary New Buds Publishing House
13 28 9787536587731 2018-04 Mi Xiaoquan School Experience: Trouble of the New Deskmate Bei Mao Sichuan Juvenile and Children’s Publishing House
16 29 9787536587762 2018-04 Mi Xiaoquan School Experience: If I Have a Time Machine Bei Mao Sichuan Juvenile and Children’s Publishing House
14 30 9787536587748 2018-04 Mi Xiaoquan School Experience: A Lot of Fun Bei Mao Sichuan Juvenile and Children’s Publishing House

Foreign Author Fiction Bestsellers, July 2021
June 2021 Ranking July 2021 Ranking ISBN Release Date Title (Translated) Author Author nationality Chinese Publisher
1 1 9787544291170 2017-08 One Hundred Years of Solitude (50th Anniversary Edition) Gabriel García Márquez Colombia Nan Hai Publishing Co.
19 2 9787506394864 2017-09 Sophie’s World (New Edition) Jostein Gaarder Norway The Writer’s Publishing House
4 3 9787544766500 2017-01 To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee United States of America Yilin Press
3 4 9787544291163 2017-08 Journey Under the Midnight Sun (2017 Edition) Keigo Higashino Japan Nan Hai Publishing Co.
6 5 9787544285148 2016-10 Malice Keigo Higashino Japan Nan Hai Publishing Co.
7 6 9787544267618 2014-06 The Devotion of Suspect X Keigo Higashino Japan Nan Hai Publishing Co.
16 7 9787539983295 2015-10 Foundation Isaac Asimov United States of America Jiangsu Literature & Art Press
10 8 9787544298995 2020-09 Miracles of the Namiya General Store (2020 Edition) Keigo Higashino Japan Nan Hai Publishing Co.
2 9 9787559456021 2021-03 Smoke and Mirrors Neil Gaiman Britain Jiangsu Literature & Art Press
13 10 9787544291224 2017-08 After School (2017 Edition) Keigo Higashino Japan Nan Hai Publishing Co.
Not Ranked 11 9787544297905 2021-06 The Nameless Town Keigo Higashino Japan Nan Hai Publishing Co.
8 12 9787532175512 2020-05 13 Steps Kazuaki Takano Japan Shanghai Literature & Art Press
14 13 9787208061644 2018-02 The Kite Runner (2018 Edition) Khaled Hosseini United States of America Shanghai People’s Publishing House
Not Ranked 14 9787544774666 2018-12 Jane Eyre Charlotte Bront? Britain Yilin Press
18 15 9787544281102 2016-01 Newcomer Keigo Higashino Japan Nan Hai Publishing Co.
9 16 9787532776771 2018-03 Norwegian Wood (30th Anniversary Edition) Haruki Murakami Japan Shanghai Translation Publishing House
12 17 9787544297059 2020-03 Love in the Time of Cholera (3 Million Sold Anniversary Edition) Gabriel García Márquez Colombia Nan Hai Publishing Co.
5 18 9787555911425 2021-05 The Mystery of the Alphabet Seiichirou Oyama Japan Henan Literature & Art Press
14 19 9787208061644 2021-03 The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini United States of America Shanghai People’s Publishing House
Not Ranked 20 9787540485337 2018-03 Tsubaki Stationery Store Ito Ogawa Japan Hunan Literature & Art Press

Foreign Author Nonfiction Bestsellers, July 2021
June 2021 Ranking July 2021 Ranking ISBN Release Date Title (Translated) Author Author nationality Chinese Publisher
1 1 9787201161693 2020-08 Counselling for Toads: A Psychological Adventure Robert de Board Britain Tianjin People’s Publishing House
3 2 9787020116133 2017-06 Red Star Over China Edgar Snow United States of America People’s Literature Publishing House
2 3 9787544276986 2019-10 Educated: A Memoir Tara Westover United States of America Nan Hai Publishing Co.
4 4 9787508095226 2018-09 Nonviolent Communication Marshall B.Rosenberg United States of America Huaxia Publishing House
Not Ranked 5 9787544775830 2019-07 Souvenirs Entomologiques Jean-Henri Casimir Fabre France Yilin Press
8 6 9787111495482 2020-03 The Courage to Be Disliked Ichiro Kishimi Japan China Machine Press
7 7 9787540489304 2019-01 Danshari Eiko Yamashita Japan Hunan Literature & Art Press
9 8 9787550268517 2016-07 Positive Discipline Jane Nelsen United States of America Beijing Union Publishing Co., Ltd.
14 9 9787547734315 2019-09 Life is Worth Living Nakamura Tsuneko Japan Beijing daily publishing house
5 10 9787111635574 2019-10 The Working Methods of Kazuo Inamori Kazuo Inamori Japan China Machine Press
10 11 9787540471194 2019-02 Relationship: Bridge to the Soul Christoper Moon Canada Hunan Literature & Art Press
6 12 9787508660752 2017-02 Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind Yuval Noah Harari Israel CITIC Publishing House Co.,Ltd
20 13 9787301109489 2006-10 A Global History: From Prehistory to the 21st Century (Vol.1) L. S. Stavrianos United States of America Peking University Press
12 14 9787520711531 2019-11 A Compass to Fulfillment Kazuo Inamori Japan Orient Press
Not Ranked 15 9787301110522 2006-10 A Global History: From Prehistory to the 21st Century (Vol.2) L. S. Stavrianos United States of America Peking University Press
15 16 9787210096528 2017-09 Mindset: The New Psychology of Success Carol S. Dweck United States of America Jiangxi People’s Publishing House
13 17 9787220114045 2019-07 Rich Dad Poor Dad Robert T.Kiyosaki United States of America Sichuan People’s Publishing House
19 18 9787535732309 2001-11 A Brief History of Time Stephen W.Hawking Britain Hunan Science & Technology Press
Not Ranked 19 9787108009821 2014-03 1587, a Year of No Significance Ray Huang United States of America SDX Joint Publishing Company
18 20 9787115536198 2020-05 Heart: Kazuo Inamori’s Philosophy of Life Kazuo Inamori Japan Posts & Telecommunications Publishing House

Notes on the Charts

OpenBook is a privately owned industry-data research firm based in Beijing. It functions somewhat as Nielsen and NDP do from the West, and Nielsen Book Research International has worked with OpenBook in Asian operations. With authoritative data and information resources, OpenBook is able to deliver consulting service to partners who would like to explore the Chinese book market and identify suitable partners.

Jiang Boyan LLC advises authors and right’s holders on global intellectual property and investment opportunities.

As of January 1, 2020, OpenBook monitored more than 10,000 online and offline bookstores.

The online channel includes digital retailers such as large self-operated online stores, platform stores, and small- and medium-sized stores. The offline channels include 4,495 bookstores. Coverage includes most of the state-owned and influential privately owned bookstores in 30 provinces, municipalities, and autonomous regions. Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Tibet are not included in OpenBook’s system.

In 2019, OpenBook tracked around 71.72 billion RMB in sales (US$10.1 billion).

Retail outlets include:

  • Traditional bookstores
  • Supermarkets
  • Campus bookstores
  • “Professional” stores, said to be small stores with a specific industrial or trade focus
  • Airport stores

In addition, OpenBook is drawing data from online bookstores of three main types:

  • The “Tmall” stores of Alibaba (Tmall is described as a marketplace of companies that create storefronts online to sell products including books)
  • The “JingDong” Stores of JD.com (similar to Tmall as a marketplace of both individual companies and bookstores operated by JD.com)
  • Ten independent online bookselling retailers

China has 500 or more publishers in operation today. Most of them, Jiang Boyan CEO James Bryant clarifies, are government-owned. Private publishers are required to generate ISBNs for their titles from a publishing company that is government-owned—which, in other words, creates a system in which all ISBNs are in one way or another registered through government channels. The government approves each book published in China.


More China bestseller reports from Publishing Perspectives are here.

More from us on the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on international book publishing is here.

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Porter Anderson is a non-resident fellow of Trends Research & Advisory, and he has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson was for more than a decade a senior producer and anchor with CNN.com, CNN International, and CNN USA. As as an arts critic (National Critics Institute), he was with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman.

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