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The BIBF Ananas Illustration Exhibition is going to be held concurrently with Beijing International Book Fair(BIBF), from August 22nd to 26th 2018 in Beijing, China. The exhibition will cover an area of 400 square meters and bring together several program including Illustrators Club, Editors Meeting and activities, giving professionals of illustration and publication an excellent opportunity to establish cooperation or deepen contacts.
China's online literature scene is changing, according to experts who spoke at an event hosted by Alibaba Literature in Beijing recently. Alibaba Literature was launched in April 2015 to source original content for the Alibaba Digital Media and Entertainment Group.
At the end of a year, it is almost a modern ritual to retrospect the past 365 days and to make a new year's resolution. Book-lovers would usually prefer this time to count the books they've read and written down a reading list for the coming year. According to the annual report released by the Chinese Academy of Press and Publication on the World Book Day this year, Chinese people read an average of 7.86 books in 2016, a slight increase from last year. Even though the number is far from big enough, Chinese people's reading list has been growing longer each year, and stories of books have also started to hit the trending topic ranking on social media.
A report examining what books university students borrowed last year gives an insight into their interests. Liu Xiangrui reports. A recent report based on university libraries' 2017 lending lists has started online discussions of such topics as how much-and what-young people are reading, around World Reading Day on April 23. A growing number of university libraries are undertaking big data analyses of their lending records.
The Digital Reading Conference China 2018 will be held in April in Hangzhou, the capital of East China's Zhejiang province At the conference, announcements will include names of the top 10 digital works and projects of 2017 as well as the 10 cities with the most number of digital readers and highest number of reading activities for last year.
This is the best time for the development of the e-reading industry in China, says Liu Shu, vice-president of Kindle Content at Amazon China. "And in the recent years, the government has been encouraging people to read more. Also, members of the growing middle-class in China are more willing to read," she says. "So, what we need to do is to make reading more convenient, without the constraints of time and space." In February 2016, Amazon China started a Kindle Unlimited service to access books from the Amazon library.
The government of Beijing's Chaoyang district had opened eight self-service libraries by the end of last year, forming the largest group of such public libraries in the capital city. The eight libraries, which are mainly located in Chaoyang's commercial and cultural zones, have entered Beijing's public library service system. Readers can borrow books from and read books in these libraries for free. They are able to return their borrowed books at any of the eight libraries, as well as other public libraries in the district.
As 2017 draws to an end, what books have you read this year? Amazon China unveiled the bestselling books in China for 2017 last Friday, giving an insight into Chinese people's reading habits. The list included bestsellers both in paper books and e-books on Kindle. The first three places for paper books were taken by Japanese author Keigo Higashino's Miracles of the Namiya General Store, late Chinese writer Yang Jiang's We Three and Pete the Cat by Eric Litwin.
From sharing bicycle to sharing car, China's sharing economy has now swept into the book industry. Alipay, an online payment platform under Alibaba, has launched express delivery of borrowing books and sharing bookshelf services in five cities earlier this year. Sanxiaokou Xinhua Bookstore in Hefei city of Anhui province, which declared itself as the "first sharing bookstore in the world", opened to the public in July this year. The reader has to download an app and pay 99 yuan ($15) online as deposit, then he can borrow two books with a total value of less than 150 yuan by scanning the QR code. If the reader returns the books within 10 days, it will be free of charge, or one yuan will be charged for each day after expiration.
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