Hong Kong’s bookshops, losing readers and struggling through economic slump, try to read between ‘red lines’ of national security law

Some independent bookshops in Hong Kong are feeling the chilling effect of the national security law, with one announcing it will shut down, and others taking more care with the titles on their shelves.Bleak House Books, a popular independent store in San Po Kong specialising in English titles, announced its closure in August, after four years in business. Its last day will be on Friday.Owner Albert Wan, a Chinese-American lawyer turned bookseller, blamed politics for his decision to close, and…

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