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Read returns, in print and online

Read is reborn as Book Town.

Read magazine is back! The literary review that has been on hiatus since the end of last year resumes publication on the 5th of this month, with a new name, a new editor, and a new look.

Read will now be called Book Town in English, a direct translation of its Chinese name (书城), which remains unchanged. Essayist Yu Qiuyu is onboard as editor-emeritus, and the magazine will be sold in a paper format on newsstands as well as in electronic format online by the book portal Read Club (九久网).

The online distribution model is apparently the key to the magazine's resurrection. The Beijing News quotes Read Club CEO and Book Town managing editor Huang Yuhai:

The business problems of Read magazine occurred in the area of distribution. In actuality, this kind of literary magazine does not lack readers in China. What is lacking is an effective distribution channel. So we hope that this transformed channel can break Book Town's distribution bottleneck.

Book Town will maintain the cosmopolitan flavor of the old Read. From the mission statement in June's editor's note:

Sketching out what we envision as good writing: it would be knowlegdeable but not shallow, interesting but not forced, opinionated but not vulgar; and knowledge knows no east or west, interest covers both home and abroad, and opinions are neither left nor right.

Read's previous incarnation was a transparent copy of the New Yorker. Will this new look keep Book Town afloat another year? Stay tuned!

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What's the URL for Book Town's online addition? I searched for 九久网 (, but the site didn't seem to be up.

If anyone from Book Town is reading this, please, I beg you, please be a grown-up and get your own URL.

I'm in a cafe: There is fruit and cofee on the menu. But, big surprise, they have no fruit or coffee today. And the online version of Shu Cheng is not, apparently, online.

I didn't get any response from an email to the editorial address shucheng [at] 99 read [dot] com. It's the 5th of June now, and there isn't anything new on the front page or under Yu Qiuyu's section. Here's their call for papers:

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