China is a huge country. It has 1.386 billion people. When we talk about China the numbers are often impressive. The country represents an opportunity for anyone who wants to do business there.

But what about the literature market?

Overview of the market

For the book market, it’s the same thing. The figures speak for themselves. It is estimated that 58% of the population regularly reads books. That’s more than half the population with 800 million people. The book market is therefore considered to be a market with a very large audience.

Who are the readers?

This large audience has diverse interests in reading. For women, it is more the pleasure of reading that prevails. Meanwhile, it is more the desire for knowledge for men.
This leads us to study the most reputable genders among the Chinese population. The appreciated genres are diverse. They vary according to the age of the reader. Young people will be more interested in fiction. Parents will be more interested in more serious subjects and have a much more stimulating reading experience. For the elderly, the subject matter of their reading becomes deeper and deeper. Books about subjects such as philosophy sell better to more mature people.

How to actually sell those books?

We’re digital. Even books are being sold on the internet. In fact, that’s how the e-commerce giant was born.
Yeah, I’m talking about Amazon. The company has now expanded to include countless different products. But in the beginning, the object that Amazon was trying to make accessible to everyone was the book.

It is thanks to Amazon that literature is now accessible to everyone. More than ever before, books are at the desire of consumers. One more factor that promotes book sales is globalization. Cultures are becoming more and more intertwined. People have a desire to learn about the world. Travel books are a booming market. And above all, languages!
The world’s population is beginning to want to travel and thus learn new languages. Let’s start with English, which is present almost everywhere. That’s why selling foreign books in China is a great opportunity.

In order to do this, it is first necessary to find out what strategy to adopt. As we have seen, China is a large market, but it is also complex and unique. As you probably already know, the country blocks some sites and thus uses its own tools.

Indeed, there are some very effective Chinese e-commerce sites; they are the only ones that can be used in the territory, given the restrictions to which the other sites are subject. On the other hand, these platforms have their own codes, so you have to understand them in order to master them.

Here are the websites you need to use in order to sell books in China :

1- Dangdang

2- Douban

3- WeChat

5- Taobao

Dangdang

Dangdang is a company created in 1999 by Peggy Yu and Li Guoqing. The company has thus become one of Amazon’s legitimate competitors. In 2010, Dangdang entered the book market with a fierce price war.

Douban

Douban was created 14 years ago. The primary purpose of the platform was sharing. Indeed, users can exchange opinions and advice. There are books, music, films but also activities to do in the various cities of the country.
People find valuable advice, books, for example, are rated and commented on.
Douban will not be used to market your books, however, it is essential that you use it. The promotion of your book must be adapted to your target audience. Chinese consumers rely heavily on the comments of others to get an idea of the product. So make sure you don’t neglect the promotion that a site like Douban can bring you.

WeChat

WeChat is the most used application in China. It has nearly 900 million users. The platform is gaining more and more ground and functionality. Today WeChat is not only restricted to its original use, which was an instant messenger.

WeChat is also a place of commerce. If there are many users, it makes the market even more fruitful. This is why the platform has become a highly coveted place for e-commerce. But then again, it’s complex. We must then arm ourselves with patience and precautions in order to adopt a strategy adapted to Chinese consumers. The e-commerce platform could thus be used to create an online shop. This would give your brand visibility and therefore a reputation in the market.

For more information about how you can use WeChat: https://ecommercechinaagency.com/how-a-foreign-company-sell-on-wechat/

Taobao

Taobao is a web platform that sells online. The company was created in 2003 and today has around 8 million users. Obviously, the site is only written in Chinese because it is intended for a Chinese audience. That’s why you need to call on professionals.

You can sell anything on Taobao, from icon package to customized pillow or skincare to clothing.. and books are also a favorite. What we like about Taobao: it’s cheap and relatively easy to register a seller account. Also, they just release their user affiliate program. We can wait to see where this goes.

To conclude on selling books in China


It is obvious that breaking into the Chinese market is a complex action. Especially with the language barriers, but not only! It is all the things learned by our experts that are important to know.

Therefore, we invite you to contact us so that we can send you all the necessary knowledge on the subject.