China: The Next Big Ebook Market?
Roughly 42% of China’s nearly 1.4 billion people use the Internet. In the early part of 2013, China surpassed the U.S. in terms of how many people in the country were using smartphones and tablets (nearly 225 million).
China also has a bigger e-commerce market than the U.S. and a $20 billion book market.
What do all these numbers add up to? A big opportunity for digital publishing in China. There’s one missing ingredient, however: the books themselves.
As a result the Chinese ebook market is still in its infancy, just waiting for publishers to invest.
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