Avidly read history-and-humor series continued their hold on the nonfiction book consumer base in China at the end of 2021.
Children’s and YA books grew 9.4 percent in 2021 over 2019 in Germany, gaining even over pre-pandemic levels, the Börsenverein reports.
The Frank Herbert series may be finding a footing in the Chinese market, where series and relatively recent ‘classics’ are prized.
The October charts in China confirm that a new edition of a popular work can boost sales in a market that honors its modern classics.
One goal of Glénat’s acquisition of Hugo, says Arthur de Saint Vincent, is a complementary use of licenses, heavy on romance and comics.
‘Our children’s book business now accounts for more than half our annual sales,’ says Sourcebooks’ Kay Birkner as the company buys BES Publishing.
With a goal of becoming Guest of Honor Philippines at Frankfurt, the market’s collective stand organizers offered work from 15 publishers.
‘The buzz and energy’ around the in-person Frankfurter Buchmesse, says Stephanie Barrouillet, ‘is needed.’
The school systems’ reading lists were put away in August, but China’s charts continued to turn over slowly. The fastest movers were in fiction.
With the return to school on the horizon, classroom reading lists dominate the mid-summer charts in China for July.