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Digital era turns new page in reading habits in China [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2019-8-23 15:53:20 |Display all floors
With only about 20 percent of its population able to read in the 1940s, China has come a long way in achieving a literacy rate of more than 96 percent. In recent years, the burgeoning digital era has further whetted the appetite of millions of bookworms, diversifying their reading habits.


Apart from the privacy of the living room, brick-and-mortar bookstores are still a major refuge for book lovers in China. Housed in busy shopping centers or stand-alone buildings, bookshops attract many with their relaxing environment. But visitors may not always be paying customers.

"I come to the bookstore to see whether there are some new books, check the best-seller of the month, and see if there‘s something that I like," Pan Yue told CGTN.

After finding something to their taste, prospective readers leave to seek the electronic version online.

Besides buying patterns, the venues for reading have also changed.

"I do enjoy e-reading. It's convenient and a good choice for those who have long subway rides. With e-books I can find many resources online. It's the most convenient way," Pan noted.

A recent survey showed mobile devices have become the preferred way of reading and are making it more available. At the same time, reading has become an increasingly fashionable social activity. In cities like Beijing, it's easy to find a book club holding weekly activities at coffee shops.

"Though reading is more of a personal thing, discussions about books are popular on social platforms. We can make new friends through a book we all love. And by meeting offline, we take time to go deep into the text and exchange our views on the book or the writer," said He Jingtong, organizer of Solaris Book club.

Digital devices are bringing books almost everywhere in daily life. And for a good page turner, it doesn't matter whether the medium is a stack of good old paper or a nifty screen.

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Post time 2019-8-23 16:45:34 |Display all floors

Printed materials limit access and readers at the same time.
Digital form gives access to all readers regardless of time and location!
It makes the great difference since prining was invented!

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Post time 2019-8-24 08:40:11 |Display all floors
A lion's share of my reading is done on a mobile device nowadays, but I always feel nostalgic about the old tomes that you can touch, smell ...
Believe it or not, it's true.

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Those "readers" are not real readers, they go to a book store to enjoy other things than reading, because they do not care too much about the content of the books as their elder generation did.

In libraries, those who look like students are the seat occupiers only, they do their homework, listen to cell phone, play games, and only go to take whatever book at hand from the shelf if forced to leave by the librarians only.

Similarly, book stores do not intend to make profits from them, and they just want to sell souvinirs or coffee or snacks.

Publishing houses also produce too many rubbishes, and the printing words cost too many spaces of a page, no real good stuff is available from reading, the good books are only those published many years ago like in the ROC period (1911-1949).

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