Jobs’ biography best-seller
The Chinese-language edition of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs’ biography was the best-selling book last year, with more than 60,000 copies sold, despite only being released in late October, according to the nation’s largest online book store. Books.com.tw said the book had sold 63,906 copies as of Nov. 30, followed by Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do, which had sold 29,808 copies. Steve Jobs’ death stimulated sales of the book, which was published on Oct. 24, a sales manager surnamed Chang (張) at the Web site said. Meanwhile, sales of novels in Chinese increased by 20 percent, representing a gain in popularity for Chinese translations of foreign books. Sales of finance, business and -management-related books increased 30 percent this year, reflecting interest among readers in issues such as the national debt and currency, Chang said.
Hepatitis campaign planned
A campaign to raise hepatitis prevention awareness will be held on Christmas Eve in Taipei to raise funds, a research organization said yesterday. People over 26 years old will be eligible for free hepatitis screening at the event, according to the Liver Disease Prevention and Treatment Research Foundation. Since Taiwanese people born after 1985 have been vaccinated against hepatitis, they are on a lower priority list than those who were born before 1985, the foundation said. “There are about 3 million hepatitis B carriers in Taiwan,” said Sheu Jin-chuan (許金川), head of the foundation. “But only 30 percent of them are aware of their condition.” The other 2 million, therefore, are at greater risk of developing more serious complications such as cirrhosis of the liver, he said, urging the public to pay more attention to their health by getting health checks.
Egypt sparks warning
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs urged Taiwanese to refrain from traveling to Egypt, as clashes between security forces and civilians continued in Cairo. “Travelers should stay on high alert and avoid unnecessary trips to Egypt,” the ministry said, adding that its orange alert for Taiwanese visitors to the Arab country remained in place. The ministry uses red, orange, yellow and gray alerts in a four-color code to indicate levels of travel alert for people traveling overseas, with red the highest warning level and gray the lowest. “Taiwanese nationals in Egypt should also pay extreme attention to their safety and stay away from mass protests,” the ministry said. “Taiwanese expatriates seeking assistance can contact Taiwan’s TAITRA office in Cairo at +20-2-24184170 or +20-2-24184941.”
Calligraphy event planned
The Taipei City Government is holding a Chinese character-writing event on New Year’s Day as part of the Eighth Chinese Character’s Festival, which several noted calligraphers, lyricists and writers are expected to attend. The writing event, which allows participants to write down their wishes for the coming year, is a traditional New Year custom, Department of Cultural Affairs Commissioner Cheng Mei-hua (鄭美華) said. A total of 1,200 people, who must register to take part in the festival, will receive a gift bag containing a set of calligraphy brushes, ink, paper and an ink stone, she said. The annual event, initiated in 2005, is the first festival in the world dedicated to the promotion and celebration of Chinese characters.