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Publishing Research Quarterly

, Volume 35, Issue 4, pp 543–561 | Cite as

Report on the Development of China’s Publishing Industry in 2018

  • Fan Jun 
  • Li Xiaoye Email author
  • Liu Chengfang 
  • Mao Wensi 
  • Zhang Wenyan 
  • Tian Fei 
  • Liu Yingchen 
  • Su Zhencai 
  • Yu Xiuli 
  • Deng Yang 
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Abstract

This report provides an overview of China’s publishing industry in 2018, including the number of publishing houses, the total volume of books published and the structure of publications. As for China’s best sellers in 2018, the segment generally showed a steady trend of growth, and the fixed prices of the best sellers made greater contribution to the overall fixed prices of publications. There were over 400 books with over 200,000 copies sold, far more than the figure in the previous years. As for the retail market in 2018, the sales of printed books kept growing, with a fall after rise. The online and offline sales were uneven, and online bookstores contributed significantly to the overall growth. The best-performing category of books was different from those in the previous years, while the teaching aids and teaching materials grow faster than other categories. New books were not popular enough, while the classics and the themed publications sold well.

Keywords

Books Children’s books Publishing industry Best sellers Book retail market Online bookstores New books 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  • Fan Jun 
    • 1
  • Li Xiaoye 
    • 1
    Email author
  • Liu Chengfang 
    • 1
  • Mao Wensi 
    • 1
  • Zhang Wenyan 
    • 1
  • Tian Fei 
    • 1
  • Liu Yingchen 
    • 1
  • Su Zhencai 
    • 1
  • Yu Xiuli 
    • 1
  • Deng Yang 
    • 1
  1. 1.Chinese Academy of Press and PublicationsBeijingPeople’s Republic of China

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