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.
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.
While China’s bestseller charts typically feature new releases, under the coronavirus outbreak, the lists have gone into a kind of lockdown of their own.
The January charts for book sales in China strongly reflect the reading recommendations of the national education system.
Our review of December’s bestsellers in the market shows nostalgia and self-help boosting new titles in fiction and nonfiction ahead of the lunar new year.
As online retailers captured some 70 percent of book sales in the Chinese market, researchers say 2019 saw a downturn of almost 7 percent in new titles.
The popularity of anime and a moving storyline are capturing Chinese filmgoers’ and readers’ interest in Makato Shinkai’s bestselling ‘Weathering With You.’
Organizers of the 2019 China Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair say that 1,498 rights trade agreements were made during the fair.