Foreign Languages Press (FLP) is China's largest publishing house dedicated to releasing foreign language books. Founded in 1952, it produces over 1,000 titles annually in English, French, Spanish, German and Arabic among other languages. Primarily targeting foreign readers interested in China, in-house books include fiction, non-fiction, textbooks, children's books and albums.
A subsidiary of the China International Publishing Group, FLP contributes to the group's Frankfurt Book Fair main exhibit section, bringing over 80 titles to this year's installment. This feature is the entire catalog of FLP books for this year's Frankfurt Book Fair, to be held from October 4th to 8th in the central German city.
FLP publishes a wide range of books covering not only sci-tech books but also fields of humanities. Over the past half century, it has published, in 43 languages, a great number of documents of the Party and government, Marxist-Leninist works, the works of Mao Zedong and other Party and state leaders, and books on political theories. It has also translated and published many literary classics and famous works by modern and contemporary writers, art albums and children's readings.
Since 1978, the FLP has shifted its focus to basic information about China and the country's policy of reform and opening to the outside world. Its publishing scope has expanded to cover background information about China, traditional Chinese culture, economy, law, history, geography, medical and health care, children's readings and Chinese-language textbooks for foreign students.
The FLP has a large team of editors and translators well versed in both foreign publicity and publishing business. To improve the quality of translations, the FLP has employed native speakers as "polishers". Some famous Chinese and foreign experts and top-notch translators have worked with the FLP at one time or another, such as Israel Epstein, Sidney Shapiro, Gladys Yang, Denise Ly-Lebreton, Tatsuko Yokokawa, Betty Chandler, Xiao Qian, Ye Junjian, and Yang Xianyi.
The FLP has been an active player in conducting cooperation with foreign publishing houses and in the rights trade. It has co-published, sold or bought the rights of a few hundred titles in the past decade.
With the integration of the international market, the world needs to know about China, while China also needs to know about the world. While continuing to publish better books for its foreign market, the FLP has increased its attention to promoting the domestic market, and published a whole array of high-grade foreign-language readings to meet the needs of Chinese readers learning foreign languages, reaping a bumper harvest in terms of both economic and social benefits.
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