Chinese Premier Donates 200,000 Digital Books

By Jason Boog 

225px-Wen_Jiabao_2008.jpgChinese Premier Wen Jiabao (pictured, via Wikipedia) has donated 200,000 digital books the University of Cambridge’s library, building that university’s world-renown collection of Chinese monographs.

At the same time as this historic donation, the PEN American Center has gathered over one thousand signatures in a petition to release imprisoned Chinese PEN Center board member and author Liu Xiaobo.

Here’s more from the release: “the gift is one of the largest single donations received in the University Library’s 650-year history and almost doubles the number of electronic books at its disposal … [the donation includes] books published since 1992 in the humanities, including classical and modern Chinese language and literature, history, geography, politics, economics, law, philosophy, religion, social sciences, military affairs, culture, education and art.” (Via JA Furtado.)