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  1. 2 points
    Because traditionally Chinese writers write on 稿紙 and are paid by the number of pages/lines. There's an anecdote from early 20th century in which a publisher insisted on paying by the exact character count. To teach them a lesson, a writer (I forget who) submitted his manuscript without punctuation or whitespace. The publisher caved.
  2. 1 point
    @Lu, I am glad you mentioned books overstating their 字数. This is something I have noticed and wondered about. Why exaggerate the number of characters a book contains? My preferred method for counting Chinese characters is CTA. It tells me exactly how many characters a given text has. BTW, punctuation, whitespace, and English words do not count toward my 1,000,000-character goal. That would be cheating.
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