Many of Chengdu's writers work at night and sleep until late.
More than 3,200 novels were published in 2010, with the most popular being about officialdom, the workplace and teen romance.
The New Beijing Dialect Dictionary, which includes 10,200 entries of words and slang, is the first of its kind published in recent years, after Xu Shirong's Beijing Local Dialect Dictionary (1990).
Chinese and English versions of the 2010 Yearbook of the People's Republic of China (PRC) have been published in China and abroad.The yearbook contains more than 100 color photos and is divided into 40 categories including national defense, diplomacy and economy.
A man who has published more than two billion copies of comic books and created Spider Man, The Incredible Hulk, X-Men and other Marvel Comics' characters, was honored with a dedication of a star on the famed Hollywood Walk of Fame Tuesday.
During the Beijing Book Fair, Children's books created from cartoons and involving games are attracting much attention.
China plans to export more than $1 billion worth of books, printed and digital, before the end of the 12th Five-Year Plan (2011-2015) period.
Here are our top picks, as compiled by Mei Jia and Yang Guang, after talking with some of the country's best-known critics and experts in the publishing industry.
China is targeting a year-on-year rise of 15 percent in its book export revenue in 2011 amid stronger government efforts to promote Chinese printed publications globally.
A four-day Chinese book exhibition kicked off in Nepali capital Kathmandu on Thursday with the aim of strengthening the Nepal-China bond.
While the world's interest in Chinese books rises, readers in China seem to be increasingly discerning about what they read. Even as the country's publishing industry becomes more commercialized, and the Internet turns anyone who cares to circulate their thoughts into a writer, a broadening of horizons as to what constitutes literature is evident.
Whatever the genre you fancy, the English-language book titles of 2011 are sure to delight, Chitralekha Basu says.