China Bestsellers in August: Relationships and André Gide

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As contemporary classics return to the Top 30, China’s bestsellers in August have included a new challenge from relationship-driven fiction.

On Sanduo Lu Street in Guangxi Province’s Guilin in August. Image – Getty iStockphoto: Pawopa

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

‘A True Understanding of Life’
August in mainland China’s readership trends proved to be—at least in fiction—another of those months in which relatively recent books regarded as modern classics reassert themselves in the charts.

‘The Litchie Road’

  • The 2019 release The Last Quarter of the Moon by Chi Zijian (People’s Literature House) is in the top spot, moving there from No. 2 in July.
  • The 2022 The Litchi Road has moved up from No. 3 to No. 2, another resurfacing for Ma Boyong and Hunan Literature & Art Press.
  • And No. 4 moves to No. 3, Yu Huhua’s 2021 To Live (in a 2021 edition from Beijing October Art & Literature Publishing House) is getting another goodly run near the top of the heap.

That’s a perfectly ordered ascension, you’ll have noted. The Nos. 2, 3, and 4 from July each moving up a single notch. Why doesn’t more of life work so serenely?

What might look like some sharp elbows being thrown in the lower rankings of the chart actually turn out to be familiar, as well: the 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature winner Mo Yan is returning once more for a trifecta of re-ups. Back again on the charts are:

  • Crocodile (Zhejiang Literature & Art Press) at No. 23
  • Life and Death Are Wearing Me Out (Zhejiang Literature & Art Press) at No. 27
  • A Late Bloomer (People’s Literature Publishing House) at No. 29

‘Lost You Forever’

Yet even in a month when it looks as if the flight to the familiar is in full force, note that Lost You Forever series has arrived for its chart debut at No. 14, a particularly respectable debut on the chart from China Friendship Publishing Company, considering the re-gathering of the greats going on around it.

This is Tong Hua’s 2019 text and guess what brought it to the attention of the readership: a television-play edition, of course, and the release from China Friendship of a new edition. (The Western tradition of the film and television tie-in is not an incorrect parallel here.)

Hua served as a writer on the screen adaptation, which our associates at Beijing OpenBook tell us has produced a visual evocation comfortably fitting the book’s narrative (a good screen-to-book comparison, in other words), helping to enhance cross-media consumption or what one data watcher astutely calls “the heat of TV.”

‘Embracing the End’

One even larger leap from nowhere was seen for Embracing the End by Lu Sihao from Hunan Literature & Art Press, the only title in the Top 30 fiction chart to have been published in August, the same month in which it ranked at all, and coming in at an impressive No. 6, no less.

Lu has what’s being called a “relaxing, humorous, and healing writing style” with which he’s presenting his “true understanding of life.”

And while his book has flashed into attention among the grandees of the bestseller list, Lu’s not a novice. Readers in China know him from three previous works: No Matter How Sad You May Be, Believe that Happiness is Waiting; May You Be Free From Roaming Alone; and It’s A Long Journey. All of this seems to have rolled into view in 2013, and since then, Lu seems to have remained close enough to the hearts of many to make his new arrival on the market an instant bestseller.

It’s hard not to note the rather sad—or don’t-be-sad—titles we’re working with in August. These seem to echo the concern in some Western cultures about a new, pervasive sense of loneliness in many young people. Renee Yaseen is here at the Washington Post, writing about Gen Z’s apparent, growing valuation of friendship over romance. And Of Boys and Men author Richard V. Reeves has included extensive work on men’s trouble finding friendship in his research in the male domain’s contemporary struggles.

‘Strait Is the Gate’

Suffice it to say that those who handle rights sales coming from the Chinese market may want to explore with Western-language publishers whether there may be a young-adult audience for such themes developing on the ground.

Embracing the End might offer a way for some sharp-eyed literary scouts to hug the beginning of a trend that Western readers are ready to receive from the East.

We’ll leave you with one going West to East in August: André Gide’s Strait Is the Gate from 1909 has made its first appearance in the Top 30 on the China Bestsellers fiction list. Tianjin People’s Publishing House has produced this in a 2018 Chinese edition.

This, of course, has resonant timing with the relationship trends that may be under examination by some readers, too, being a profound picture of the question asked in the book, “Aren’t you strong enough to walk alone?”

Nonfiction Notes

From left: ‘Communicate’; ‘Accurate Knowledge of People’; Signing on the Spot: Value Marketing Out of the Price War’; and ‘Understanding, Employing, and Managing People’

In future editions of our China Bestsellers, we expect to take a closer look at what our associates term the “micro-scene” approach of targeting a very specific element of self-help interest in book. Titles being referred to in reference of this trend include:

  • Communicate
  • Accurate Knowledge Of People
  • Signing On The Spot: Value Marketing Out Of The Price War
  • Understanding, Employing, and Managing People

While their titles don’t necessarily communicate to us that they’re part of this “micro-scene” format, the content itself, we’re told, is focusing heavily on the approach, and we’re asking for some clarification onto how it’s being deployed in some of the more popular examples.

Below, then, are OpenBook’s overall lists from August 2023 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, August 2023
July 2023 Ranking August 2023 Ranking ISBN Release Date Title (Translated) Author Chinese Publisher
2 1 9787020139590 2019-06 The Last Quarter of the Moon Chi Zijian People’s Literature Publishing House
3 2 9787572608582 2022-10 The Litchi Road Ma Boyong Hunan Literature & Art Press
4 3 9787530221532 2021-10 To Live (2021 Edition) Yu Hua Beijing October Art & Literature Publishing House
8 4 9787020002207 1998-07 Dream of the Red Chamber Cao Xueqin People’s Literature Publishing House
7 5 9787544291170 2017-08 One Hundred Years of Solitude (50th Anniversary Edition) Gabriel García Márquez Nan Hai Publishing Co.
Not Ranked 6 9787572613043 2023-08 Embracing The End Lu Sihao Hunan Literature & Art Press
6 7 9787540487645 2018-06 Moments We Shared Zhang Jiajia Hunan Literature & Art Press
5 8 9787500601593 2005-08 Red Crag Luo Guangbin, Yang Yiyan China Youth Press
25 9 9787572610912 2023-05 The Annoyance of the Gods Ma Boyong Hunan Literature & Art Press
9 10 9787536692930 2008-01 The Three-Body Problem Liu Cixin Chongqing Publishing House
20 11 9787020008735 1998-07 Journey to the West Wu Cheng’en People’s Literature Publishing House
10 12 9787536693968 2008-05 The Dark Forest Liu Cixin Chongqing Publishing House
12 13 9787229030933 2010-11 Death’s End Liu Cixin Chongqing Publishing House
Not Ranked 14 9787505756434 2023-07 Lost You Forever Tong Hua China Friendship Publishing Company
11 15 9787530221396 2021-06 Ordinary Word (3 Volumes) (2021 Edition) Lu Yao Beijing October Art & Literature Publishing House
22 16 9787506331746 2005-05 Distant Savior Dou Dou The Writer’s Publishing House
16 17 9787544291163 2017-08 Journey Under the Midnight Sun (2017 Edition) Keigo Higashino Nan Hai Publishing Co.
21 18 9787572602825 2021-08 Always Have, Always Will Zhang Jiajia Hunan Literature & Art Press
23 19 9787020127894 2017-07 Fortress Besieged Qian Zhongshu People’s Literature Publishing House
13 20 9787513348744 2022-11 The Seventh Day Yu Hua New Star Press Co., Ltd.
Not Ranked 21 9787201141527 2018-10 Strait is the Gate Andre Gide Tianjin People’s Publishing House
26 22 9787208061644 2006-04 The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini Shanghai People’s Publishing House
Not Ranked 23 9787533972349 2023-06 Crocodile Mo Yan Zhejiang Literature & Art Press
Not Ranked 24 9787536097261 2022-07 Someone to Talk To Liu Zhenyun Flower City Press
14 25 9787519013295 2016-07 Dream of the Red Chamber Cao Xueqin The Publishing House of the China Literary Federation
Not Ranked 26 9787559478153 2023-07 Voice of the dead Qin Ming Jiangsu Literature & Art Press
Not Ranked 27 9787533966102 2021-12 Life and Death are Wearing Me Out Mo Yan Zhejiang Literature & Art Press
15 28 9787020008742 1998-07 Water Margin Shi Nai’an, Luo Guanzhong People’s Literature Publishing House
Not Ranked 29 9787020164776 2020-07 A Late Bloomer Mo Yan People’s Literature Publishing House
Not Ranked 30 9787020181551 2023-07 The Cat Emperor and His Friends (7) Bai Cha People’s Literature Publishing House

OpenBook’s Nonfiction Bestsellers, August 2023
July 2023 Ranking August 2023 Ranking ISBN Release Date Title (Translated) Author Chinese Publisher
2 1 9787520723510 2021-11 Chinese Etiquette Liu Yida, Ma Haifang Orient Press
Not Ranked 2 9787201157580 2020-05 Communicate Liu Jianhua Tianjin People’s Publishing House
3 3 9787558063183 2019-10 Continue the Chat Wisely Lin Sicheng Jiangsu Fine Arts Press
Not Ranked 4 9787313281562 2023-07 Accurate Knowledge Of People Chen Qingyu Shanghai Jiao Tong University Press
Not Ranked 5 9787506089401 2016-05 Layout: The Success And Failure Of Political Wisdom
And Strategic Power Of Emperors
He Sen Orient Press
Not Ranked 6 9787511386335 2023-08 Game Thinking Dong Yun China Overseas Chinese Press
Not Ranked 7 9787554617922 2023-05 Allow Everything To Happen: Live A Relaxed Life Li Mengji Guwuxuan Publishing House
Not Ranked 8 9787521754803 2023-03 Believe Cai Lei CITIC Publishing House Co., Ltd.
5 9 9787020084357 2011-04 I and the Temple of Earth Shi Tiesheng People’s Literature Publishing House
25 10 9787559656995 2021-12 Winning The Three-year High School Critical Period Zhang Xuefeng Beijing Union Publishing Co., Ltd.
12 11 9787201161693 2020-08 Counseling for Toads: A Psychological Adventure Robert de Board Tianjin People’s Publishing House
7 12 9787111495482 2015-04 The Courage to Be Disliked Ichiro Kishimi China Machine Press
Not Ranked 13 9787559669131 2023-07 Cognitive Breakthrough Zhang Qi Beijing Union Publishing Co., Ltd.
11 14 9787222204331 2021-11 Details of Law Luo Xiang Yunnan People’s Publishing House
4 15 9787557030162 2023-05 If History were a Group of Cats: Late Yuan and
Early Ming Dynasty
Fei Zhi Guangdong Tourism Publishing House
Not Ranked 16 9787505747098 2019-05 A Sideline to Make Money Angie China Friendship Publishing Company
Not Ranked 17 9787561346259 2009-05 Yi Ching is Really to Understand Zeng Shiqiang Shaanxi Normal University Press
Not Ranked 18 9787512622456 2013-12 Nothing In Life Can Not Be Put Down – Hongyi Wisdom Of Life Song Mo Tuanjie Press
6 19 9787565848018 2022-12 Sentence Planet Du Zhijian Shantou University Press
Not Ranked 20 9787554614624 2019-12 Signing On The Spot: Value Marketing Out Of The Price War Wang Zhifei Guwuxuan Publishing House
Not Ranked 21 9787553779546 2018-11 The Reverse Classics Zhao Rui, Chen Shukai Jiangsu Science & Technology Press
29 22 9787571315252 2021-01 Take Care of Children’s Spleen and Stomach Li Aike Jiangsu Science & Technology Press
Not Ranked 23 9787515833736 2022-06 Effective Leadership Sheng Wei, Li Xiaofeng China Industry and Commerce Joint Publishing Co., Ltd.
Not Ranked 24 9787558566912 2023-07 Parents Are The Leaders Of Their Children Li Jianjun The North China Women&Children’s Publishing House
8 25 9787547264881 2020-09 Strategy Ge Xujiao Jilin Literature & History Press
Not Ranked 26 9787516817995 2018-05 Meditation: Setting Aside The World and Preserving The Purity Of Life Mo Zhu Taihai Publishing House
Not Ranked 27 9787553786353 2019-03 Make Baby Food with Me Yuan Bao Ma Ma Jiangsu Science & Technology Press
Not Ranked 28 9787547240656 2017-07 Understanding, Employing And Managing People Meng Hua Jilin Literature & History Press
Not Ranked 29 9787557019167 2019-10 Classic Quotes From Zeng Shiqiang Luo Fu Shan Guo Xue Yuan Guangdong Tourism Publishing House
Not Ranked 30 9787555262800 2017-12 The Power of Insensitivity Junichi Watanabe Qingdao Publishing House

OpenBook’s Children’s Bestsellers, August 2023
July 2023 Ranking August 2023 Ranking ISBN Release Date Title (Translated) Author Chinese Publisher
5 1 9787558336942 2023-05 Knowledge Has A Picture: Manga Chinese and Foreign History Chen Lei, Hun Zhi Team Guangdong New Century Press
3 2 9787559467546 2022-09 Good Behavior: Those Little Things That My Grandparents Taught My Parents,
and My Parents Taught Me
Long Xiaotian Cao Qun Jiangsu Literature & Art Press
2 3 9787571702649 2020-06 This is Traditional Chinese Etiquette: A Study Guide to Etiquette for Teenagers Wang Hong, Lei Zi Hebei Science & Technology Press
7 4 9787110105764 2023-05 Science Comics Loved by Pupils Sunbook Popular Science Press
Not Ranked 5 9787556872701 2023-04 Mi Wu Science Comics. Fantastic Vientiane (1)
– Invisible Science Elephant
Wei Hua Wen Hua 21st Century Press Group
Not Ranked 6 9787556872725 2023-04 Mi Wu Science Comics. Fantastic Vientiane (3)
– Breaking through the Maze of Structure
Wei Hua Wen Hua 21st Century Press Group
Not Ranked 7 9787556872718 2023-04 Mi Wu Science Comics. Fantastic Vientiane (2)
– Rare Creatures Strike Back
Wei Hua Wen Hua 21st Century Press Group
Not Ranked 8 9787556872732 2023-04 Mi Wu Science Comics. Fantastic Vientiane (4)
– An Uninhabited Island With Changing Weather
Wei Hua Wen Hua 21st Century Press Group
6 9 9787521739077 2022-07 The Grolltroll (4 volumes) Barbara van den Speulhof CITIC Publishing House Co., Ltd.
23 10 9787570818648 2023-06 The Diary of Smiling Cat: Smiling Cat in the Forbidden City Yang Hongying Tomorrow Publishing House
Not Ranked 11 9787550051942 2023-08 Children’s Manga Psychology (4 volumes) Shiguangxue Educational Research Center Baihuazhou Literature & Art Publishing House
Not Ranked 12 9787533274269 2013-08 Guess How Much I Love You Sam McBratney, Anita Jeram Tomorrow Publishing House
11 13 9787534256301 2009-09 Dreaming of Being a Wolf King (2018 Edition) Shen Shixi Zhejiang Juvenile and Children’s Publishing House
13 14 9787533299224 2018-10 Fantastic Mr. Fox Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake Tomorrow Publishing House
4 15 9787552707397 2023-06 DU ZHE School Edition 10th Anniversary Essence Volume (4 volumes) DUZHE Duzhe Press Co., Ltd.
Not Ranked 16 9787559608390 2018-01 Butt Detective: The Criminal Appears Troll Beijing Union Publishing Co., Ltd.
Not Ranked 17 9787559621337 2019-04 Butt Detective: Detective and the Fraud Troll Beijing Union Publishing Co., Ltd.
Not Ranked 18 9787521750027 2023-04 Start Learning Rules at the Age of 5 Mamanobu Takaha, Yumi Hayashi CITIC Publishing House Co., Ltd.
Not Ranked 19 9787521750010 2023-04 Starting to Understand Safety at the Age of 5 Mamanobu Takaha, Yumi Hayashi CITIC Publishing House Co., Ltd.
Not Ranked 20 9787550286085 2016-11 Butt Detective: Big Crisis of Small Director Troll Beijing Union Publishing Co., Ltd.
Not Ranked 21 9787554619247 2022-10 Comic Primary School Student Time Management Du Shu Tang Guwuxuan Publishing House
Not Ranked 22 9787550286214 2016-11 Butt Detective: The Missing Lunch Box Troll Beijing Union Publishing Co., Ltd.
17 23 9787536574366 2016-01 Mi Xiaoquan’s Brain-teaser: Stratego Bei Mao Sichuan Juvenile and Children’s Publishing House
Not Ranked 24 9787571425289 2023-02 Catching Troublemakers (6 volumes) Pascal Prevo Beijing Science & Technology Press
Not Ranked 25 9787556096244 2019-11 Dreaming of Being a Wolf King (5 volumes) Shen Shixi Changjiang Children’s Press
19 26 9787536574397 2016-01 Mi Xiaoquan’s Brain-teaser: Clever Little Prodigy Bei Mao Sichuan Juvenile and Children’s Publishing House
16 27 9787558900648 2017-07 Winter of Three Hairs (With Chinese Pinyin) Zhang Leping Juvenile & Children’s Publishing House
Not Ranked 28 9787550286238 2016-11 Butt Detective: Looking for the Rainbow Diamond Troll Beijing Union Publishing Co., Ltd.
10 29 9787544288590 2018-06 Totto-Chan: The Little Girl at the Window (2018 Edition) Tetsuko Kuroyanagi Nan Hai Publishing Co.
Not Ranked 30 9787511052568 2020-08 Butt Detective: Snow Monster in Deep Mountain Troll Dolphin Press

Foreign Author Fiction Bestsellers,August 2023
July 2023 Ranking August 2023 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.
2 2 9787544291163 2017-08 Journey Under the Midnight Sun (2017 Edition) Keigo Higashino Japan Nan Hai Publishing Co.
19 3 9787201141527 2018-10 Strait is the Gate Andre Gide France Tianjin People’s Publishing House
4 4 9787208061644 2006-04 The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini United States of America Shanghai People’s Publishing House
6 5 9787573503053 2023-02 Swans and Bats Keigo Higashino Japan Nan Hai Publishing Co.
3 6 9787544766500 2017-01 To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee United States of America Yilin Press
7 7 9787544269452 2021-12 Malice (2022 Edition) Keigo Higashino Japan Nan Hai Publishing Co.
5 8 9787201112695 2017-03 Siddhartha Hermann Hesse Germany Tianjin People’s Publishing House
12 9 9787521748239 2022-12 Goodbye, Eri Tatsuki Fujimoto Japan CITIC Publishing House Co., Ltd.
10 10 9787544298995 2020-09 Miracles of the Namiya General Store (2020 Edition) Keigo Higashino Japan Nan Hai Publishing Co.
17 11 9787559614711 2018-01 Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit Jeanette Winterson Britain Beijing Union Publishing Co., Ltd.
Not Ranked 12 9787521200836 2018-08 Thiaoouba Prophecy Michael Desmarquet Australia The Writer’s Publishing House
Not Ranked 13 9787532789887 2022-05 The Unbearable Lightness of Being Milan Kundera France Shanghai Translation Publishing House
18 14 9787530217054 2017-12 The Alchemist Paulo Coelho Brazil Beijing October Art & Literature Publishing House
8 15 9787513350976 2023-01 Suzume no Tojimari Makoto Shinkai Japan New Star Press Co., Ltd.
16 16 9787544296274 2019-09 Summer, Fireworks, and My Corpse Otsuichi Japan Nan Hai Publishing Co.
14 17 9787544766500 2017-01 To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee United States of America Yilin Press
Not Ranked 18 9787541166051 2023-04 Six Lying College Students Akinari Asakura Japan Sichuan Literature & Art Press
20 19 9787532175512 2020-05 13 Steps Kazuaki Takano Japan Shanghai Literature & Art Press
13 20 9787544291224 2017-08 After School (2017 Edition) Keigo Higashino Japan Nan Hai Publishing Co.

Foreign Author Nonfiction Bestsellers, August 2023
July 2023 Ranking August 2023 Ranking ISBN Release Date Title (Translated) Author Author nationality Chinese Publisher
2 1 9787201161693 2020-08 Counselling for Toads: A Psychological Adventure Robert de Board Britain Tianjin People’s Publishing House
1 2 9787111495482 2015-04 The Courage to Be Disliked Ichiro Kishimi Japan China Machine Press
5 3 9787555262800 2017-12 The Power of Insensitivity Junichi Watanabe Japan Qingdao Publishing House
4 4 9787544276986 2019-10 Educated: A Memoir Tara Westover United States of America Nan Hai Publishing Co.
Not Ranked 5 9787513934053 2021-04 Financial freedom Grant Sabatier United States of America Democracy and Construction Press
3 6 9787020116133 2016-06 Red Star Over China Edgar Snow United States of America People’s Literature Publishing House
10 7 9787313285652 2023-06 How to Have Impossible Conversations: A Very Practical Guide Peter Boghossian, James Lindsay United States of America Shanghai Jiao Tong University Press
9 8 9787550268517 2016-07 Positive Discipline (Revised Edition) Jane Nelsen United States of America Beijing Union Publishing Co., Ltd.
8 9 9787513169134 2021-12 The Master Key System: Open the Secret to Health, Wealth and Love Charles F. Haanel United States of America Kaiming Publishing House
14 10 9787542669018 2020-06 The Memoir of Literature (1989-1994) Mu Xin, Chen Danqing United States of America Shanghai Joint Publishing Company
18 11 9787508653389 2015-07 The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War Ⅱ Iris Chang United States of America CITIC Publishing House Co., Ltd.
7 12 9787801445445 2003-04 You Can Heal Your Life Louise L. Hay United States of America China Astronautic Publishing House
13 13 9787522200514 2021-05 Nonviolent Communication Marshall B.Rosenberg United States of America Huaxia Publishing House
16 14 9787521741124 2022-04 The Almanack of Naval Ravikant: A Guide to Wealth and Happiness Eric Jorgenson United States of America CITIC Publishing House Co., Ltd.
19 15 9787521753059 2023-04 The Next Days Kevin Kelly United States of America CITIC Publishing House Co., Ltd.
6 16 9787508090191 2016-12 Apology Plato Ancient Greece Huaxia Publishing House
17 17 9787521719253 2020-08 The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read (and Your Children Will Be Glad That You Did) Philippa Perry Britain CITIC Publishing House Co., Ltd.
Not Ranked 18 9787115584359 2022-05 100 Things I Love About You Cara Kovacs United States of America Posts & Telecommunications Publishing House
15 19 9787520711531 2019-11 A Compass to Fulfillment Kazuo Inamori Japan Orient Press
11 20 9787108009821 1998-07 1587, a Year of No Significance Ray Huang United States of America SDX Joint Publishing Company

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.

At last report, OpenBook monitored more than 18,000 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 more than 4,800 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 2022, OpenBook tracked around 76.21 billion RMB in sales (US$10.62 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 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 registered through government channels. The government approves each book published in China.


More China bestseller reports from Publishing Perspectives are here, and more on the Chinese book publishing market 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 an arts critic (Fellow, 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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