China has two news agencies: Xinhua (New China) News Agency (the nation’s official agency) and China News Service. In 2006 there were 1,938 newspapers and 9,468 magazines; 42,500m. copies of newspapers and 2,850m. copies of magazines were published. In 1980 there were fewer than 400 newspapers. The Communist Party newspaper is Renmin Ribao (People’s Daily), which had a daily circulation of 2·8m. in 2006. The most widely read newspaper is Cankao Xiaoxi, with a daily circulation of 3·2m. in 2006. China has the highest circulation of daily newspapers in the world, with an average daily total of 107·51m. in 2007. In the 2010 World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders, China ranked 171st out of 178 countries.
In 2006, 6,410m. volumes of books were produced.