The Peking Review Electronic Library

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In the pre-CNY slowdown

As many readers of Silicon Hutong know, I am an avid collector of books, and not just of the pulp-paper-fabric-leather variety.

As of this writing, I have something like 2,160 electronic books in my library, 95% or more of which are in .pdf format. What is even better, most of these were legitimately downloaded and were available free of charge, and on an average week I add around 10 books to that total.

I’ve decided it’s time to start sharing the wealth, so I’m going to be posting links to each of those books – and the new ones I find – on twitter under the @pekingreview account.

If you have Twitter, you can go to http://twitter.com/pekingreview and add this feed. I’ll keep it to a maximum of 10 posts a day to keep from overwhelming anyone, and that will probably moderate over time as I list all of the books I have and only add new works.

For those of you who don’t have Twitter (or have no interest in following a constant stream of links), every couple of weeks I will post a “Peking Review Picks” list of the five best titles of the past fortnight here on Silicon Hutong under the Peking Review category. I will give priority listing to those titles that deal with China or with issues that are important to China (international relations, intellectual property, defense, etc), business, and fiction, but I will list everything.

Why am I doing this?

There are a lot of interesting, insightful, quirky, fun, and/or strange works out there that have been created at great cost by talented people. The fact that we are not seeing them is the result of a traditional book publishing system that is broken. These books need promoters and that’s part of what we are going to do.

Let me know your thoughts.

And Happy New Year of the Ox.