Share this on Twitter Share this on Facebook Share this on LinkedIn Share this on Sina Weibo Share this on Wechat Share this on LinkedIn Readers leafing through books at zhongshuge Yangzhou Zhenyuan store, Yangzhou City, Jiangsu Province, China. Credit: Costfoto/Barcroft Media via Getty Images In the summer of 2019, American publishers started noticing that their books — everything from children’s picture books to historical biographies — weren’t making it to the shelves in China. The Chinese government, which strictly controls the publishing industry, has not explicitly banned American authors, but a dozen writers, agents, literary scouts, and publishers who work in both the Chinese and American publishing industries say that, for more than a year now, the Chinese government has delayed or denied most American authors from publishing their books in China — a change that has hurt publishers in both countries. “This whole year has been really fraught,” says Kelly Farber, a literary scout who works to match American authors with international publishers, adding that the publishing slowdown as a result of Covid-19 compounded the existing issues for American authors. “The combination of those two things has cratered what was, in the past few years, a reaSubscribe or login to read the rest. Subscribers get full access to: Exclusive longform investigative journalism, Q&As, news and analysis, and data on Chinese business elites and corporations. We publish China scoops you won't find anywhere else. A weekly curated reading list on China from David Barboza, Pulitzer Prize-winning former Shanghai correspondent for The New York Times. A daily roundup of China finance, business and economics headlines. We offer discounts for groups, institutions and students. Go to our Subscriptions page for details.