Why BUY books in CHINA when you can read them for FREE!?!

Why BUY books in CHINA when you can read them for FREE!?!


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  1. State run bookstores that feed the people propaganda as truth? No need to sell anything when the commies supply all the money and the information in those books.

  2. We have that in germany too. They do make plenty of money on bought books tho, still. Also they have like smoothie bars or small cafes, or sell toys where they have the kids books so thats how they make money. Great thing!

  3. That place is packed. More people in store = more sales overall. If people weren't allowed to read, then they would probably sell less.

    Also, why buy books when you can read them for free in libraries?

  4. When there used to be book stores in the US, such as Borders and etc, people would read their too. They had seats and couches and coffee shops too. I never could understand why they would allow that. When I was young the magazine stores would get mad if you read there.

  5. Bookstores? I almost forgot what a bookstore is. Used to buy NG and Popular Science, but the price is high and then you can download more than enough. Library? People mostly only use it for the WiFi and then it's a place for the homeless who don't use drugs to hang out all day. I'm sticking to electronic lifestyle until the internet goes down or I conk out.

  6. maybe the govt should buy a huge bookstore with seats and let the folks read. sounds good.the govt is making trillions anyways.

  7. Someone think that book store will have better "economic result" by limiting people's activity in store, such as give them uncomfortable situation to stay too long. I just can't see any business sense on that. The bookstores around world running down were not caused by too many people in store, or some with "free" reading. It's because of INTERNET and more advanced communication technology. However, the INTERNET and technology are generating way much more INFORMATION or "traditional book" than ever.
    To those who won't buy any book from store because someone else may read the books for free in that store, that's perfectly fine. You just can't "save" a business or "protect" a business. Business have to find its own way to survive. From what people's response in here, you are just tiny percent in here, which on the other way, means nothing for the business of the book store. Welcome to the earth.

  8. i don't know how the bookstores make money. i was in one of these bookstores, there were lots of books, quite a few on Jack Ma, but i am not sure if they are really good quality books or just lots of innuendos. i saw there was a whole section on travel guides, either overseas or domestic.

  9. You should do a video at Decathlon – I love that place. Everyone trying out the bikes and skateboards 😀

  10. Yea. I used to love reading when I was young. Then I came to the US, and found that all the books in stores were wrapped in plastic bags and heat-shrink, you can't read anything besides the cover and the back.

    Now I don't read.

  11. Hey Winston, you might be interested to know that actually the reason for this is that these big book stores are always government subsidised, and there was this huge campaign to let people come in and just sit and read books. Because all the government money, they usually don't care if you buy book or not. Funny thing is, most people buy the books after they finish reading in the stores, at least people I know always do this.

  12. I think they make a lot of their money by selling textbooks. The student sections always seem to be getting good volume of buyers.

    I don't bother going to bookstores anymore, I torrent them for free or buy them off amazon.

  13. the problem is, it takes like 2 hrs to find a place to sit so for me i'd rather buy the book, and that's how the bookshop makes money. XDDDDD.
    im just kidding. like for that central bookshop there, which i went there quite often when i was young, if it's called 深圳书城, i always buy some books cuz you can't just finish a book within 3 hrs or sth, and at the same time, you find some other interesting books that you might going to read, you are going to buy it. And just go see the queue at the cashier and you can find this out, easily.

  14. It would be nice to know why the bookstores tolerate this. Is there a law that forces the bookstores to allow it for example? Would be nice to see a follow-up video looking into the reasons: historical, cultural and economic of this phenomenon. (Notice I avoided the word "politics there") Another great vid all the same.

  15. I guess Chinese city government will take care of the lost of revenue in public library/book store. Education is a national policy from central government and should be followed strictly by not considering the profits. And government will pay back the money to the library its own to compensate the lost.

  16. It's very simple. For one, people want to know the content before they know if the book worth purchasing. Second, reading is always encouraged in China. Parents may not want to buy toys for their kids, but they wont hesitate to bring kids to book store if they want books. People consider it's a good thing to read, to educate yourself, even if just reading in bookstore. You may think it's strange, but this behavior is encouraged in China. From the business point of view, the book seller like this too, more people means more business, means his business is booming. Also they want to provide good experience, so the customers will keep coming back. This is a win win for both buyers an seller.
    BTW, book price(brook price / average salary) is relative low in China. So, saving money is not the reason why people stay there reading. Even it is the reason, they won't be looked down upon by other people.
    Here comes my question, why people tend to draw negative conclusion when they saw something about Chinese that they do not understand?

  17. Historically, because the oldest bookstore which called "新华书店“ in China is state-owned, they do not have the right to drive the customers away just because they can not buy the books. On the other hand, during that time(1940s), more than 85% of the population are illiterate, so the goverment encouraged people to read in the bookstore and deliberately pulled the price of books. Economically, because the bookstore in China is a collection of various other business projects, such as Tea bars, coffee shops, Stationery shops and so on(you can find these in the veido), so a large number of customer flows will generate huge business benefits. In fact, many bookstores in the UK also allow customers to do so. These are the reasons why this 'porblem' happend in China.

  18. because the population is too big, even 1% of the people that go to that book store and read for free buy books it's a lot of money. And people buy books even if they can read for free, sometimes because it's a big book that you would like to read at home or books that you really like and want to own a copy for yourself. Or buying books as its a accessories lul.(before watching the video, actually I'm at 0:27)

  19. Hello SZa, I'm a new subscriber from Nigeria and I just watched a lot of your videos. I love them I must say cos of the honest views and style. However I just wanna mention/ask why does your face look so dull?
    you dont seem to look like a very happy person and always looking like you're worried. Dont know if I'm the first to observe this. KUDOS! Keep staying awesome.
    …I hope you'd get to read this…

  20. I used to go to this big book mall often, there are much less people in weakdays, people want to sit down and read, why don't they just sell drinks inside the mall?

  21. Can't fault people for learning. All book stores I've been to allow you to read the books and some provide tables and sofas. I've done the same. I also buy them if I really like them. Book stores know that you most of the time won't buy a book if you haven't read some of it.

  22. its the same when I go into a supermarket, I go flick through magazines so I dont need to buy it 😛

  23. When I was back in China. I used to go to these book shops to escape the hot summer. But i bought lots of books..sometimes too many that most part of them I won't read at all…Maybe it's a better idea to read a little bit first and then if it really deserves to be bought people can buy it..

  24. Some people see this as a bad thing. But I see this as a good thing. It's good to see crowds of people reading. Meanwhile in America, you barely see anyone read ( Well at least in the public libraries I have been too in my Area ). This truly shows China's thirst for knowledge. I hope that every culture adopts this thirst.

  25. Oh my god just pass what motivate u take this Video and see the comment. Some fool brainwashed westerner even think Chinese reading is a point to attack. Ya nowadays some westerner think they are the best so they don't need to read ??? I think in future China are no hope to corporate with the west if those stupid westerner want us be a enemy we will be and don't regret in future

  26. People do the same thing here in US, white african boy. Stop mocking the chinese. Go back to Africa. Oh yeah, they don't want you there either.

  27. It's funny, here in North America,
    If you don't buy anything the Chinese store owner wants to leave.

  28. Strange way to run a business. Should maybe charge people per hour to read the new books for sale or make money selling snacks.

  29. its 2017, PDFs off tablets is where the action is. Anyways, awesome video Winston, ABC, Native New Yorker here planning to make a trip to the village my family came from. Kinda like Gary. Gunna try to finish watching all ur videos.

  30. this is great and keeps the children and parents away from chatting and playing games on mobiles. thank you pal.

  31. Yes, as a Chinese I'm curiosity, too. But I guess most of them just read in the bookstore to make sure whether they need this book, and they'll pay finally.

  32. Epic. 🙂 That used to happen in the U.K, back in the 1970's, but it's rare now, and was never on that scale! Thanks Winston.

  33. Gosh I wouldn't go to a bookstore with piles of people sitting down on the side reading books. It's gross. I'm a Chinese, but I had never seen such many people in a bookstore X(

  34. Penny wise & 10 lbs foolish… its in the DNA, they feel they are "getting over" on having to spend anything…..you suprised bro?

  35. they are usually government run companies. they allow people sit and read which is offered as public service. their major income is earned from selling textbooks to schools

  36. We do this in the US too…bookstores often have cozy couches and stuff that you can sit on and read. One store even let me read a book I didn't buy yet in the café…obviously I had to buy it if I damaged it. And yes we also have libraries lol

  37. You could do this in the US too. You could also check books out of the libraries. And if you live near universities you can browse some serious libraries. But these days most of us just order from Amazon.

  38. some of those people are just here for free AC while reading is really the secondary goal for them to be there 😀
    Actually I never liked to read in the public area when I was in China.

  39. The west is so formal compared to the east in use of public places like parks, restaurants, night markets, bookstores. People are more casual in China and SE Asia.

  40. Are books in China expensive?? Is there 1 or 2 copies open for the public or do people break open a new book to read it?

    If I'm buying a (new) book, I'm not going to buy a thumbed over, dog-eared, 'shop-worn' book.

  41. Because you can't finish reading it in a short time. Because you want to keep the book. I'm sure the bookstore loves this, just like Borders

  42. Whenever I go into a book store here in America and see people sitting and reading books they haven't paid for it really bothers me for whatever reason. I remember one time I went to one to buy some manga and both aisles were taken up with people sitting in them reading it on the floor for free. I couldn't even hardly browse the aisles to look and see if there was anything I wanted. This bothered me the most because manga takes what? Like 20-30 minutes to read and costs anywhere from $10 to $15. Where as a normal book takes a lot longer so people would most likely be reading a chapter or two to see if they want to buy it. If you are going to steal manga you might as well read it online. Why go into a physical store and sit on the floor in the aisle and read it?

  43. I'm a chinese, I have researched this phenomenon before, let me tell you the truth: some people new here or some new graduate, they're in early career, they has no friend, no money, no fun, and no air conditioning in their cramped rental room, so they will come to book store to spending hot summer, and read some book like " How To Be Successful"

  44. they say a country is judged on how well they treat their poorest citizens. usa is not no1 in this respect. it hurts the americans pride when they know this. and then you have the las vegas massacre and they will never learn that guns , kills.

  45. 我认为这很正常啊, 从一个中国人的角度去看 :因为中国人打心底很尊重这些求知者 ,还有就是中国书籍量很大,好多你都见都没见过 听都没有听过的书籍 人家不知道书的内容为什么要买呢?

  46. Back when we had lots book stores in NYC, this was a fairly common site as well. I think it's wonderful to get kids into reading at an an early age. This is pretty awesome. 👍

  47. I could read a book cover to cover in a library but I'd still want my own personal copy. Chances are if i get so into a book that i end up reading it still in store i will buy it.

  48. This video reminds me of the time I went to IKEA in China, all the beds and sofas were full of people sleeping 😂

  49. People do the same thing here in the USA. There are stores called Barnes and Noble. You see people reading books all the time.

  50. It feels like a stupid question, but after seeing this video, i have to ask.
    Do they have libraries in China?

  51. in germany you can sit in the store and read too, but not many people actually do that. its just a little bit rude in our understanding. But i think its really good, that people can sit and read for free. knowledge is important and its nice to see people get it 🙂

  52. I use to read in barnes & noble years ago, after I finish a few chapters, if I still like it, I definitely would buy it. After all, spending average $50 a book is not cheap for a student. I always respect those people who stand there for hours reading a book, nothing wrong with seeking knowledge and not everyone can do it.

  53. I could never concentrate, let alone read, under those conditions. Noisy as hell and I got some a-hole sitting one inch from me? No thanks

  54. Loved the shot of people reading, best feeling I've gotten from all your videos. Plus I just love the look of a nerdy chinese girl.

  55. 0:17 "People literally just come here, sit down and read the books." – The correct phrase would be: "People just come here, sit down and literally read the books." 😜
    Book store: "Come in, customer. You can get started. Do you read?" – Customer: "Copy that."
    Typical Chinese cheapassing phenomenon, I guess. But who wants to buy used books for new price? I guess the buyers are getting them as gifts or when there's no time to be tied down to the shop. – I wonder what happened if you took a book out of someone's hands and said you want to buy it. If they say take another copy, you say you can't be bothered to walk over there.

  56. All those people not on their phones – what a revelation! Thanks for that interesting snippet!

  57. I have mixed feelings about this. In one side, that is quite a bad behavior to read only and not buying the book, on top of the books most likely would be damaged as well, lowering the value even more
    On the other hand, so many people reading, from kids to old people, makes me so happy. I barely see these kinds of attitude in my country

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