On­line lit­er­a­ture read­ers num­ber 350 mil­lion in China

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

The num­ber of on­line lit­er­a­ture web­sites users in China in­creased to 352 mil­lion by the end of June 2017, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est re­port from China In­ter­net Net­work In­for­ma­tion Cen­ter. This shows half of all ne­ti­zens are on­line lit­er­a­ture read­ers.

Yet the fast growth due to the wide­spread adop­tion of in­ter­net and smart­phones in the past 20 years has been crit­i­cized by some writ­ers. They note that as the num­ber of on­line lit­er­a­ture works in­crease, a large va­ri­ety of light porno­graphic on­line nov­els un­der the de­cep­tive cover of “ro­mance” and “fan­tasy” have ap­peared.

Li Lin­rong, a pro­fes­sor at Bei­jing In­ter­na­tional Stud­ies Univer­sity, said on­line lit­er­a­ture de­vel­ops a closer con­nec­tion with tra­di­tional Chi­nese cul­ture and in­tan­gi­ble cul­tural her­itage.

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