Any written material you find in Chinese will help you improve your reading skills, but the goal of this page is to help you find interesting material that is relevant to what you want to learn. Below is information on books, news/articles, apps, reading tools, translations, and language blogs to help you find the right reading material and assist you in maintaining your reading skills.
The American Mandarin Society is in the process of creating a bookshelf for recommended books in English and Chinese related to U.S.-China relations and policy issues. We will be informing members of any new functionality on our website through our Facebook page.
Douban is a website that provides reviews for books, movies, and music and is your best resources for finding Chinese books. Although Douban does not sell books, it compares prices at major Chinese online bookstores and provides you with links for where to purchase books. You can register for free here and start browsing through their reviews. Once you find a book you want to purchase, you can add it to your shopping list (加入购书单）and then go to your shopping list to compare prices.
China International Book Trading Corporation (CIBTC) is a Chinese publisher that runs @ChinaBooksChina and an Amazon storefront of Chinese language books. This is a great resource if you prefer to read hard copies over e-books.
Kindle 中文电子书店 has Chinese e-books to download to your Kindle.
Purpleculture.net is a good resource for Chinese textbooks.
Weibo is a social networking site focused on “micro-blogging” and is similar in structure to Twitter. Weibo is especially useful for reading practice because you can use it to find material you are interested and follow important political and academic figures, as well as notable social commentators.
Mandarin Spot– Every once in a while you will encounter an article so difficult that you only recognize half of the words. The main issue with these articles is that it is too frustrating to go back and forth between the text and a dictionary to look up all the terms you do not know. Reading annotation tools can help you avoid this problem and show you the definition and pronunciation of all words in a Chinese text on the same page, saving you the frustration of looking through a dictionary. There are a few annotators available for free online, but Mandarinspot seems to have the best one.
Clavis Sinica offers a language toolbox, including flashcards, a text annotator, vocabulary extractor, dictionary downloads, and more.
Chinese Text Project– For those interested in classical Chinese, the Chinese Text Project has thousands of passages available for free, with most containing English translations, definitions of words appearing in the text, and annotations in Chinese.
Chinese Text Sampler – Hosted by the University of Michigan, this sampler offers a collection of Chinese texts as a resource for students of written Chinese from the advanced beginner level onward. The selections represent a wide range of periods and genres, but all are well known in modern-day China and worth reading in their own right.
Chinese Voices Project is a collection of mini-essays with mp3 audio for students of Chinese language and culture. All of the selections are written by savvy young Beijingers and are read in their own voices. Each piece offers a perspective on modern life in Beijing you won’t find in a Chinese language textbook or the China Daily.
Sinocism– If there is one newsletter you want to sign up for, it is Sinocism. Sinocism collects the most important articles and news stories each day related to current issues and public policy in China. Many of the articles sent out are written in Chinese, so you can use these articles for reading practice while keeping yourself updated with the most current issues in China.
Hacking Chinese– Hacking Chinese is a great blog/website that has articles about learning Chinese. The author primarily writes about HOW to learn Chinese as opposed to WHAT to learn. The articles are very useful and give great advice on the best ways to study.