China publishes book online before print version released

According to China's People's Daily Online China has for the first time published a book online before it is published on paper.

The publishing house, which edited and published the e-book "Not Angel, Not Devil," will publish the paper version 90 days after the e-book's launch.

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With the development of online reading, publishing houses usually publish books first, then convert some books into electronic versions and sell them online, said Pan Xianli, deputy editor-in-chief from the Writers Publishing House. But this time, it is the other way round. The publishing house, which edited and published the e-book "Not Angel, Not Devil," will publish the paper version 90 days after the e-book's launch. The electronic version costs 6 yuan (0.75 U.S. dollar) because it saves the cost of paper, printing and transportation, while the paper book will be sold at 19 yuan (2.4 U.S. dollars), according to the publishing plan. "The launch of the electronic version first is a trial for us," Pan said. "We hope the electronic version and paper version will establish a good interaction for sales."

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Posted on 12 Jun around 11pm

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