The Chinese market’s bookselling patterns remain in flux, many Tier 1 and Tier 2 city stores still not fully open and digital retail accelerating since Q1.
The 27th edition of the Beijing International Book Fair is moving to a digital format that organizers say will stay up and running until next year’s fair.
Book market developments in May point to growth in China’s already powerful ‘online literature’ sector, led by the ‘Ran Freely’ trilogy by Wu Zhe.
China’s April bestsellers show the book market restarting, with Japanese author Higashino Keigo and Mai Jia’s new book topping the lists.
On the 31st anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, the writer Xu Zhiyong is named PEN America’s 2020 winner of the Barbey/Freedom To Write Award.
An international publisher, Oxford University Press is ‘managing employees and navigating markets at different stages with the crisis,’ says Nigel Portwood.
With exports boosted 20 percent thanks to COVID-19 informational titles, Phoenix is weathering delayed publication schedules in Nanjing.
The virtual 2020 Bologna Children’s Book Fair is running through Thursday, and includes the 2020 Children’s Publishers of the Year announcement.
A first assessment of the Chinese market, January to March, shows physical bookstore sales plunging 60+ percent, printing stalled, supply chain disrupted.
One bookstore company has offered medical workers a lifetime 20-percent discount in China, as the virus pressures normal sales.