Thursday News: Canada Reads, China’s mobile reading culture, an international bromance, and Ellis Island photo chronicle
“It’s a three-year-old translation,” said Alana Wilcox, editorial director at Coach House, “and we originally printed 1,200 copies of the book. When it got picked for Canada Reads, we had to print another 12,000.” Considering that Coach House prints its own books on site in its offices in Toronto, this was no small commitment. Needless to say, Wilcox would really like to see the book win. “It would be great for sales and we really don’t want to take back those returns…” –Publishing Perspectives
In December 2014, the number of Internet users in China reached 649 million, of which the number of mobile Internet users had reached 557 million (85.8%), according to the 35th Statistical Report on Internet Development in China . Nielsen data  has put the percentage of Chinese consumers aged 16+ with a mobile phone at 89%. . . .
In the past ten years, these Online Literature sites have grown substantially: a parallel publishing system operating seemingly outside of the traditional Chinese publishing industry. The China Internet Network Information Centre (CNNIC) reported that China had 293 million Online Literature readers in 2014, an increase of 7.1% over the previous year,  with this fast development attributed to the rise in mobile phone use in China, and the platforms being widely supported by mobile companies.  –The Literary Platform
I was sitting on my couch in the living room looking at my photo stream, you know, looking for something to Instagram. That’s when I noticed a bunch of pictures I hadn’t taken. Like, a lot of them. They were mostly of this man taking selfies with an orange tree. To be honest, it was pretty funny but also fucking terrifying because I didn’t take the pictures. –Buzzfeed