CCTV.com - CNTV English - CCTV News

Last Sanlian bookstore closed in GZ

07-23-2010 09:04 BJT

Watch Video

Play Video

When was the last time you bought a book? Was it a printed copy or an e-book? Did you visit your favorite corner bookstore or purchase it on line?

As e-books and on-line purchases become a more significant part of the publishing industry, brick and mortar bookstores are becoming an endangered species.

China's well established brand Sanlian, or the SDX Joint Publishing House, has no other choice but to close its last bookshop in downtown Guangzhou.

16 years after serving book lovers in downtown Guangzhou, this bookshop has to say goodbye. For many people, this is a very difficult time. The head of the bookshop, Mrs. Peng, couldn't control her sobs.

Peng Yiming, head of SDX Joint Bookshop in GZ Book Center, said, "It's so hard to say goodbye. Books carry our culture. I don't know how to express my feelings now. The only thing I can do is to put those books in order for readers."

While for the readers, the only thing they can do is to pay one last visit and feel great pity.

This college student has been visiting this bookshop every week since high school over the past six years. Now he can't believe his home away from home is gone.

A college student said, "What a big pity! This bookshop is popular among the intellectuals. Here, you won't find many 'how to' books for success in business that are usually piled on the shelves of other bookstores. And here you also get treated to various imported magazines that are rarely found in Guangzhou."

Another specialty of the bookshop offered was a collection of imported prints from Hong Kong. Mr. Weng visited regularly just to see them. Weng says he will have to go directly to Hong Kong instead after this bookstore is closed.

Mr. Weng is among many people asking why this must happen. But as the head of the bookshop explains, the deadliest attack comes from the sky-rocketing rent.

Though the life of this brick and mortar bookstore has run its course, the time is now ripe for those who managed it so well to find their new niche in this digital era.

Editor:Liu Fang |Source: CCTV.com

Hot Videos view more

The celebrations are still continuing as the victorious coach, Joachim Loew, has been honored for his achievement in his hometown of Freiburg.
Germany coach Loew honored in hometown of Freiburg

Chinese men´s national team continued its preparations for next year´s Asian Cup, as they managed a one-all draw against visitors Jordan during a football friendly in Harbin, the capital city of Northeast China´s Heilongjiang Province.
China held to 1-1 draw by Jordan

The defending world champs came into the contest with a perfect 6-and-oh record, but they would be in for a tough first half before opening things up in the second.
USA beat Slovenia 119-76 in quarter-finals

Hot Stories more

UK authorities believe killer of James Foley is a British national

Across the UK the hunt is on for James Foley’s killer, who authorities believe is a British national. As Richard Bestic reports from London, Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer break to lead his government’s response.

Israeli war jets renews Gaza strike as truce talks stalled

Three Palestinians were killed and 40 others wounded in the intensive Israeli war jets´ airstrikes on the Gaza city on Tuesday night, shortly before an end of a 24-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,

Missouri police arrest dozens after violent night

As the protests in the town of Ferguson, Missouri turned violent with police facing ´heavy gunfire´ from some ´criminal elements´, cops fired tear gas, stun grenades and arrested 31 demonstrators on Monday night.

Picture in news more

More Video News

Choose TV Program