The death of Stephen Hawking on March 14 prompted two of his titles to hit the Chinese market’s charts, as Beijing OpenBook evolves its rankings to include more online retail.
Time-honored classics from Jules Verne, Charlotte Bronte, Helen Keller, Nikolai Ostrovsky, and Isaac Asimov vied with the endlessly popular Japanese writer Keigo Higashino in China’s February bestseller lists.
A new, monthly bestseller list from Germany highlights fiction titles from independent publishers. The February bestsellers include historical fiction, the latest in a detective series, and a number of translations.
In its latest market report, Slovakia’s publishers’ association says the overall book market was worth up to €110 million (US$135.3 million) in 2016. Fiction rose to 27 percent of those sales.
China’s bestseller lists for January 2018 revisited old favorites and new graphic fiction: the Year of the Dog includes a popular ‘Cat Emperor.’
In 2017, the bestselling books in Germany show that readers are interested in translated fiction and thrillers. Nonfiction bestseller lists included more German authors than foreign authors.
Fiction bestsellers in China last year were dominated by non-Chinese authors, according to OpenBook, while homegrown authors sold better in nonfiction.
Roughly 60 Specsaver Bestsellers were fêted overnight (January 25) at London’s May Fair Hotel, with Nielsen Book determining which titles sold 250,000, 500,000, and 1 million units in 2017.
This month, Chinese bestseller lists from OpenBook and Trajectory show some literary fiction highlights, as well as interest in books on current affairs.
The Shenzhen Reading Forum has issued their list of 10 most popular children’s books in China for 2017, as the children’s book sector in China continues to grow.