Resisting the Post-Print Era

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The Tai Tong restaurant on Lebuh Cintra is an unusual place for a literary discussion, but it is where a friend insists on introducing me to a website that hosts his favourite reads. Over dim sum, he explains the workings of Webnovel, the international portal of the burgeoning China Literature company. The concept is simple: writers upload content; readers pay for said content. Popular serials have been adapted for television. It is not alone: the industry giant Wattpad dominated the digital literary market, boasting associations with major publishing houses and Margaret Atwood. His conclusion? Malaysians will have to adapt or get left ...


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