China Digital Times eBooks

China Digital Times periodically publishes eBooks of original content from our website.

China Digital Times Lexicon, 20th Anniversary Edition

China’s online population at the start of that year was nearly 60 million. Ten years later, it was fast approaching 600 million, and now, after 20, it is well over a billion. This new completely revised and hugely expanded update to our ebook series, formerly known as “the Grass Mud Horse Lexicon,” aims to capture something of the enormous explosion of online speech that accompanied this growth, with a particular focus on efforts by authorities to tame it, and by others to push back. It contains 104 of the terms that have resonated most strongly in this arena, from official slogans and their irreverent appropriations to protest cries and nationalist accusations.


Watching Big Brother: Political Cartoons by Badiucao (January 2016) – pay what you want

“Watching Big Brother: Political Cartoons by Badiucao” gathers together more than 50 drawings by one of China’s most popular and prolific political cartoonists. The artist confronts a variety of social and political issues head on in his powerful work, while infusing his drawings with a wry sense of humor. The drawings in the book cover the early years of Xi Jinping’s presidency, from December 2013 to January 2016. No contribution is required to download the eBook in PDF or ePub format, but all donations will be sent to Badiucao to support his work.



Covering China from Cyberspace in 2014 (January 2015) – $2.99

“Covering China from Cyberspace in 2014” is a yearbook of major events as seen through the eyes of Chinese censors and the netizens who are brave enough to defy them. The book provides a unique lens on some of the biggest stories in China in 2014 by compiling the best of the news reports & analysis, Internet commentary, propaganda directives, cartoons, and other images. “Covering China from Cyberspace in 2014” is a valuable resource for China analysts, journalists, students, and others who wish to broaden their knowledge and understanding of recent events in the country.

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Crazy Crab’s Chinese Dream: Political Cartoons 2012-2013 (May 2014) – $3.99

The work of one of China’s foremost political cartoonists, including 40 images drawn exclusively for China Digital Times, with explanatory text written by Executive Editor Sophie Beach. Crazy Crab’s drawings covered a busy period in Chinese political history, from the downfall of former Chongqing Party Chief Bo Xilai to the transition of power from Hu Jintao to Xi Jinping.

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