The acclaimed Chinese author Mo Yan, has raced onto the bestseller list in China with his first book since his 2012 Nobel win, A Late Bloomer
At a conference in Beijing, publishers are asked to consider how their content could be reformmated for popular digital distribution systems.
After ‘almost a full semester’ of virtual classes, vacationing school students in China turned to recommended reading lists in July.
The annual June 18 sales were perhaps somewhat subdued by the pandemic, in a month in which Chinese readers clung to favored authors and themes.
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.
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.