Publishers report ‘pause’ on US authors in China

Publishers report ‘pause’ on US authors in China

The Bookseller has heard from multiple sources that Chinese publishers are currently having difficulties getting ISBNs to publish books written by US authors, after buying the rights from UK or US houses. ISBNs are allocated by the state in China, presenting a way for the administration to regulate what is published there.

The recent development is thought to be linked to the intensifying trade war between China and the US.

Rebecca Bengoechea, international rights manager at Princeton University Press, said the issue had come up around August’s Beijing International Book Fair. “During pub...

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