UK attendance drops at CCBF as China children's market shifts

UK attendance drops at CCBF as China children's market shifts

Just 11 UK publishers exhibited at Shanghai International Children's Book Fair (known as CCBF), a drop of more than 50% year on year - 23 were in attendance in 2016 - amid ongoing concerns that Beijing is keen to stem the flow of overseas-originated titles being published in the country. However, many of those who did make the trip from the UK reported buoyant trading.

The disquiet stems from claims that copyright imports are being actively restricted by new government policy, with privately owned publishers in particular struggling to secure state-distributed ISBNs for imported titles. On...

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