Kids' books the top-selling category in China

With the Shanghai Book Fair's section for kids books drawing much attention, the nation's entire book market has risen by nearly 11 percent to date this year, over the same period in 2018, according to a new report from Beijing-based industry research and analysis firm OpenBook. The rise may be attributed to online retail, which increased by just over 24 percent in the first half of 2019, as physical book store sales dropped by nearly 12 percent. Children's books come in as the top-selling category, taking up almost 29 percent of all transactions, while the best-selling category for physical stores was study aids. Yet there are some problems with the reading environment for children in China. Insufficient specialized reading areas for kids may be one of the most concerning, as some general libraries are setting an age limit for readers. Another problem is that children's reading areas are often of poor quality, with few resources and equipment. Many of them also fail to offer relevant activities and professional advice on reading.