1 hour eBook on China from Penguin and The Economist


Penguin has gone into partnership with The Economist. The book publisher’s digital series of exclusive short works, known as Penguin Shorts, is to publish a collection of reports entitled Penguin Economist Specials.

The reports, originally written for the magazine, consider the most pressing and topical of issues – from the changing shape of global power to the far-reaching impact of emerging technologies.

The Penguin Economist Specials will launch tomorrow (1 March) with five titles priced at £1.99. The subjects include China by James Miles; employment prospects by Matthew Bishop; mobile digital gadgets; the increasing success of video games; and women’s continuing workplace problems.”

(Read the full story at Penguin and The Economist form partnership | Media | guardian.co.uk.)

The books are designed to take about an hour to read. You can buy the China book on iTunes (for iPhone/iPad) or for Kindle (eReader, phone app or Mac/PC)

Here’s the publisher’s blurb:

The Penguin Economist Special reports delve into the most pressing economic issues of the day: from national and global economies, to the impact of trade, industry and jobs. Written to be read on a long commute or in your lunch hour – be better informed in under an hour.
‘The line up for next year’s change of leadership does not give cause for optimism’ says James Miles, the Economist’s China correspondent.
With a heavily state owned banking system, waning numbers of workers in a labour intensive industrial economy and lack of development in new business, China’s current boom may be set to bust.
In the following sections, James Miles examines the restrictive nature of government in China, and what it will mean for the country and the rest of the world.

  • Urbanisation: Where do you live?
  • Rising power, anxious state
  • China’s new leaders: The princelings are coming
  • Growth prospects: Beware the middle-income trap
  • Deng & Co
  • Government’s role in industry: The long arm of the state
  • Demography: Getting on
  • Ideological battles: Universalists v exceptionalists

I’ve just downloaded my copy…

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