Publishing Industry in China

Publisher receives funds to revise authoritive Chinese dictionary

Hanyu Da Cidian (Comprehensive Chinese Word Dictionary)

A mainland publishing house was given 27 million yuan (HK$33.2 million) in state funding to revise the Hanyu Da Cidian (Comprehensive Chinese Word Dictionary), in the first revision of the premier Chinese language dictionary in nearly two decades.

Wednesday, 12 December, 2012, 4:32am

Publishers will be urged to list in focus on culture

Unveiling further plans to boost the mainland's cultural sector, the central government said yesterday it would encourage large publishing houses to list on the stock market during the nation's current five-year plan to 2015.

The move comes as the government tries to turn culture into a 'pillar industry' in the coming years.

16 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Culture a key priority in five-year plan

Top leaders want to turn culture into a 'pillar industry' for the mainland by 2015.

As they see it, the world needs to know about Chinese culture, a development which will help boost the country's attractiveness, and capacity to use 'soft power' to increase its influence on the global stage.

28 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Reform might unearth gem for publishers

With a potential readership of 1 billion people, China's book publishing industry is one of the last untapped frontiers of business.

But a one-party state that still jealously guards the flow of information for fear of provoking social disunity has in the past been considered an insurmountable barrier to the expansion of literary ambitions.

18 May 2009 - 12:00am

Show some spine

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11 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Writing is on the wall for reading, survey shows

Today's rat race means people feel they can no longer relax with a good book

More Chinese people are distancing themselves from reading as busier lifestyles become more common in an increasingly digitalised world.

Books seem to be losing their appeal in one of the world's oldest civilisations, where reading has long been considered an admirable pastime.

21 Aug 2004 - 12:00am

Limited opportunities in a tightly regulated publishing market

Publishing in China continues to be a politically sensitive, tightly controlled industry.

14 Oct 2002 - 12:00am

Publishers shut for 'illegal trading'

Five mainland publishing houses have been ordered to close in the latest crackdown on illegal publications.

The five firms are accused of illegally trading in publishing permits, or 'book codes'.

21 Nov 2001 - 12:00am

Publishers cash in with September 11 'quickies'

Chinese publishing houses have wasted no time collecting photos and stories - plus their own political analyses - to mass market books on the September 11 terrorist attacks in the United States, and the publishers say these books are selling well.

At least five publishing houses have come out with books, with one appearing six days after the attack.

26 Oct 2001 - 12:00am

Small state firms fall deeper in red

Township and village enterprises, which used to be a growth engine for the mainland's economy and were the largest employer of rural surplus labour, posted a combined loss of more than 60 billion yuan (about HK$55.74 billion) from January to October, the official Economic Daily reported yesterday.

9 Dec 1997 - 12:00am

Brake put on booming publishing Industry

CHINA is to slow the growth of its fast-expanding publishing industry in an effort to attain higher quality, it was revealed yesterday.

And despite its increasing economic clout, the private sector will still be barred from the industry, which remains one of the Government's main ideological control mechanisms.

21 Jul 1995 - 12:00am