China’s Top-grossing Authors of 2007 – Peijin Chen

Similar to the Fortune list of Chinese entrepreneurs, 2007 fortune list of Chinese authors was just released. According to the list, young Chinese around age 20 are the main readers of the book market as the winner Guo Jingming was born in 1983. Many of his books are about teenagers’ coming-of-age and romantic experiences. His other books are video game type fantasies. More from Shanghaiist:

One of our favorite Chinese sites seems to have run afoul of the net nanny: has been on again off again, but perfectly viewable with a proxy. Using the proxy we saw an article about a list published in a Chengdu newspaper of the top-grossing authors in China, at least based on royalties from the sales of their books. At the top of the list was a Guo Jingming, a young author (born in 1983), whose books earned him over 10 million RMB in royalties this year. According to Xinhua, his latest book, The River of Sorrow, was released in April of this year and sold a record high of one million copies in the first two weeks. Second and third on the list were Yu Dan (also over 10 million) and Yi Zhongtian, both professors that have made their fortunes peddling popularizing versions of the classics, such as Confucius’ Analects or the Zhuangzhi. The chart you see shows the break down of sales from Yu Dan’s various books, with her book on the Analects being the most popular, selling 6.72 million copies. [Full Text]

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