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.
Having first appeared as ‘online writing’ in 2015, ‘Better Days’ by Jiu Yuexi became a major hit on film, and the book has entered China’s bestseller list.
China’s bestselling books of September reflect celebrations of the People’s Republic’s 70th National Day and the opening of the autumn school semester.
One of Yang Hongying’s most successful series now is 12 years old and has sold more than 70 million copies. Her total unit sales exceed 160 million units.
With the People’s Republic’s 70th National Day on October 1–and the end of summer’s school lists–books on the regime and ‘light fiction’ rise.