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Exports Crichton to China; Acquires More Local Titles
By Rachel Deahl
HarperCollins is bringing Michael Crichton to readers in China. The
publisher has teamed with the Jilin Publishing Group to release a number
of Chinese-language editions of Crichton's books, the first of which,
Next, is being released in trade paperback there this month.
Following Next Jilin and HC will release Chinese- language
editions of The Andromeda Strain, The Great Train Robbery
HC president worldwide, Brian Murray, who made the Crichton announcement
this morning in Beijing, also said the publisher is acquiring two titles
in a series from local bestseller, Hongying Yang. (The publisher bought
world rights to eight books by the author at the Beijing Book Fair in
2007.) The series, Diary of a Smiling Cat for readers 7-9, was acquired
from Tomorrow Publishing House and will be published by HC simultaneously
in English worldwide. According to HC, the books, which follow a talking
cat that communicates with its owner and were published in China in
2006, have already sold over 3 million copies in the country. HC will
begin publishing Yang's Ho's Mischief series in spring 2008.
The moves are part of the house's growing expansion into China, which
began back in 2006.