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Shanghai Daily [Kindle Edition]

by Shanghai Daily
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Shanghai Daily provides an English window to the news of China. Business-focused, it also reports on social, cultural and diplomatic developments in Shanghai and the surrounding region.

The Kindle Edition of Shanghai Daily contains articles found in the print edition, but will not include some images and tables. Also, some features such as the crossword puzzle, box scores and classifieds are not currently available. For your convenience, issues are automatically delivered wirelessly to your Kindle so you can read them each morning at 10:00 AM Shanghai local time

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Publisher: Shanghai Daily (11 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0016LG8QW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #179,836 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good to keep in the news (china) 3 Jan. 2012
As a frequent visitor to China; but with a "phew" of relief to get back to the UK still a part of me needs to know whats happening and I enjoy the distant reminders of what is important to the City's readers, perhaps the gang thats been busted for selling apartments twice; or the extra long traffic queue due to severe potholes on the northern road, and of course the never ending corruption trials. The downloads will arrive quicker than you can read them but at only £3.99 per month you only need to catch a few pages per week to make it worthwhile, and your understanding of China even greater.

Happy Reading!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 22 Sept. 2014
By Mike.T
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Interesting view on the world from a different point of view
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 2 Mar. 2015
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All round top quality newspaper
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 2 Jan. 2015
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interesting newspaper
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Kindle edition is good, but not a great value 15 Jun. 2008
By Aaron Pulkka - Published on
Normally I only read the Shanghai Daily when I am visiting Shanghai, as it is the English newspaper of choice by airlines and western hotels located there. Albeit small, the paper has a nice balance of local interest stories and world news (from the Chinese perspective) to give you a general idea of what is going on in and around Shanghai.

I was excited to see the Kindle version, as it seemed like a great way to read the paper in between visits (since whispernet is not available in China, this is not a viable way to read the paper while there).

For the sections that are included, the Kindle coverage seems fine. The stories are included in their entirety, sometimes with pictures. However, not all the stories of each section seem to be included and some sections are missing altogether (such as Feature, District, and Supplement).

The Kindle version seems lacking since the entire paper is available on the Shanghai Daily website and through RSS feeds, all at no cost. Their website also offers paid subscription services for electronic versions, including downloadable PDFs that are formatted for portable devices. The cost of these subscriptions, which appear more complete, are lower than the cost of the Kindle version. The website and RSS feeds also update sooner each day than the Kindle version does.

The formatting of the Kindle version is good - it is easy to read and would be convenient to download by whispernet for those commuting to work by train, but is otherwise not a good value compared to the other versions available.
21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars English Edition is.....Interesting 23 May 2008
By Legalsea - Published on
We are going to China next Fall, so I thought I would try out the Shanghai Daily, an English newspaper published in China.

I actually quite like it. As I write this the massive earthquake is still the top news, so the paper is steeped in reporting death tolls, survivor stories, etc. I certainly have been getting a more in-depth look at the aftermath of the earthquake than I get on the 30 second sound clips on the local news.

What makes the paper 'interesting' is the editorial opinions. As you read these you realize that this paper must 'toe the line' with the ruling Communist Party.

For instance, several US newspapers had written that due to China's "one baby" rule (a family cannot have more than one child) many married couples who lost their one child in the earthquake are devasted by, not only due to their losing their only child, but, due to age, they can no longer have any more children. To face old age in China without children is unthinkable.

Yet the editorial piece in the Shanghai paper took the US papers to task, trying to be 'sarcastic', but with a noteable lack of success. The editor asked (paraphrase): "Are the US papers suggesting that the sense of loss to a Chinese parent is lessened if they have two children and lose only one; or have three children and yet lose only one; or have four...."(you get the drift; they went up to TEN children). The piece did not make a lot of sense (I know I am reporting the piece very poorly), but the editorial completely, and knowingly I bet, missed the whole point of the US articles. Never once did the editor address the fact that older women would not be able to have another child. Rather, the editorial ended up praising the one-child rule.

The paper is also interesting in how it reports the number of Chinese citizens thanking their leaders for all the help provided after the earthquake, or how a child in some province was urging people to donate 10 cents apiece; or how a businessman shamed his family by only offering 100,000 huan to the victims, representing only 1 percent of his wealth, etc.

The paper also reports US sports (it is a newspaper for people who speak English living in China, much like the Paris Tribune) and entertainment. It was rather a shock, in my first Kindle issue, to finish reading about the structural damage to various dams in western China, then 'flip' the page to see a headline about Angelina Jolie expecting twins.

I'm not sure why I am giving four stars rather than five. I guess because I sense I will probably grow tired of it after a while (especially after I return from China and the novelty has worn off).

Edited to Add: Another 'editorial' addressed some of the critics who say that the reason China's leaders have been so 'open' about the earthquake is because of the uncoming Olympics; that they feel pressure to be transparent about the earthquake, victims, etc. The person writing the editorial says that the critics are wrong! How did he prove this? He wrote (again, paraphrase from memory): "They are so wrong! I went to the Vice Premier of the People's Communist party and he assured me that the critics are wrong!" Ah, proof indeed!

Again, while many of the 'editorials' seem to have been written by High School students taking a journalism class, many of the news pieces are very, very information. Indeed, some of the news pieces about American politics are more informative than the sound bites we tend to get from our news sources.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not nearly as good as print edition 17 July 2008
By Steven A. Schwindt - Published on
I signed up for the subscription for this paper. I am an expat Oregonian living in Shanghai and read the paper for about a year. But the Kindle edition is truncated and not inclusive of the articles in the print edition. I dropped the subscription near the end of the free trial. I now get the paper every day in my mailbox. Articles are cut short in the Kindle edition and much is left out from the print edition.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting to get knowledge regarding what's going in China 6 Oct. 2012
By Rocket Scientist - Published on
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As my main trade partners are in Shanghai, China, it is very nice to know what goes there, and this newspaper serves that purpose with ease. You will always know what's building up and what to expect.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Another government paper in English 3 Sept. 2009
By Amazon Customer - Published on
The Shanghai Daily, just like China Daily, is owned and controlled by the government. In this particular case, Shanghai municipal government. Enough is said. To be fair, the paper does decent reporting on both local and international issues within the parameters of state media.
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