Tencent moves on Wattpad as Wattpad hits 60 million users. Could Nook be next?

Back in September I ran a post here on Nook’s future, speculating on the possibility Nook could be acquired by the Chinese ebook behemoth Tencent, which was actively looking for global expansion possibilities. A sentiment shared by Jane Friedman and Porter Anderson at the Hot Sheet. Nothing yet to suggest Tencent has Nook on its Read More …

Google boost Africa’s web prospects. Ebooks to follow?

  “They have the internet in Africa?” It’s a rhetorical question I’m often asked. Rhetorical because those asking it have just realised I’m posting on the internet from West Africa. The surprise is understandable. If and when we think of Africa, the antiquated Victorian term the Dark Continent may well spring to mind. Not, I Read More …

OverDrive leads the way with dyslexia-friendly ebooks

What do WB Yeates, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Lynda La Plante, Jules Verne, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Agatha Christie have in common? They all endured some form of what we now call “learning disabilities,” chief among them likely dyslexia, which although first recognised in the late 1890s did not become widely accepted as a learning difficulty until Read More …

Why social media will drive the nascent ebook markets

“When it comes to their social media preferences, U.S. teens are about as loyal as Brutus was to Caesar,” writes Felix Richter over at Statista. “Back in 2013, Facebook was still their social network of choice. In 2014, Instagram took the throne for a while before being replaced by Snapchat in 2016.” Today Snapchat is the Read More …

Publishing Brief – PublishDrive and StreetLib in the news

It’s been an interesting week on the aggregator circuit. Usually, either at Frankfurt or to coincide with Frankfurt, we hear about new initiatives, partnerships and other news from the western distributors, but this year it’s been relatively quiet. But not totally. Among the pleasant surprises was a series of three posts by PublishDrive’s Zsofia Macho Read More …

Amazon and Netflix video will boost the India book market

The Mumbai Film Festival is underway right now, just as Netflix announces it will be producing 5-6 original TV series in India. This three months after Amazon’s first India original TV series Inside Edge went live. And this in turn following Amazon’s announcement in December 2016 that it would be launching 17 original programmes for Read More …

Amazon’s imminent Brazil expansion may be good for ebooks

With reports emerging that Amazon is finally set to gear up its Brazil plans, it seems electronic goods (high demand, high margins, easy shipping) will be the first non-books sector on the agenda, and that might just be good news for ebooks. In India, where Amazon is engaged in a major push to dominate the Read More …

OverDrive’s Big Library Read – the world’s biggest digital book club

OverDrive’s latest Big Library Read is underway (Oct 12-26), with Chelsea Sedoti’s The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett accessible to readers in over 21,000 global OverDrive libraries and schools, as an audiobook or an ebook. Touted as the world’s largest digital book club, readers and listeners all reading the same book can share their thoughts on Read More …

CreateSpace e-store closing. CreateSpace unaffected. For now.

A few rumours have been circulating that Amazon has finally shuttered its CreateSpace POD operation. That’s not the case. It’s the CreateSpace e-store that is being closed. Given Amazon has for some while now been ushering its indie author CreateSpace clients into KDP Print, offering the convenience of having both POD and ebooks in the Read More …

African sci fi, ebooks in Africa and other crazy notions

We’re a month away from the Aké Arts and Book Festival in Nigeria, and this year the African Speculative Fiction Society will be presenting the first annual Nommo Award for sci-fi. This hard on the heels of two sci-fi movies featuring at the Luxor African Film Festival earlier this year. Yes folks, the Global New Renaissance Read More …

New York Comic Con sets new visitor record – 200,000

2017 saw the first ever comic con in Saudi Arabia. Sadly the organisers were hit by an unknown penalty for unknown “violations” and as yet there is no sign there will be another Saudi comic con in 2018. But fingers crossed. Meanwhile comic cons are exploding all over the globe. As reported here at TNPS, Read More …

IngramSpark waives set-up fees through to end November

IngramSpark is the arm of Ingram aimed at self-publishers, and lately Ingram have been very active in pursuing the self-publishing author, with virtual and actual conferences in the US and UK to explain to indie-authors what IngramSpark can offer. While IngramSpark has extensive ebook distribution it’s fair to say most indies have that in hand, Read More …

Archie returns to India – for the Hyderabad Comic Con

With the focus on the New York Comic Con lately it’s easy to forget – if we even realised – that comic cons are a global phenomenon nowadays. With three days until the Hyderabad Comic Con kicks off (in India, for those who flunked geography at school) The New Publishing Standard will be doing its best Read More …

Print sales up. A swing from mass merchandiser to retail and club

While some industry commentators believe print is dead the print sales numbers continue to suggest otherwise, and publishers continue to defy the odds and report profits. Just this week Simon & Schuster UK inconsiderately announced it was “really strong financially”  and Walkers also reported soaring sales. Publishers Weekly this week reported print sales for the US for Read More …

Amazon Crossing opens up submissions in 13 new languages

Amazon Crossing, the translations imprint of Amazon Publishing, has long been asking readers and publishers to recommend non-English language books for translation into English, but with the caveat that you needed to speak/read English to navigate the site. Now the submissions site has an impressive drop-down menu in Arabic, Bengali, Dutch, English, French, Hindi, Italian, Read More …

Ishiguro goes to Armenia and Mongolia amid “mass euphoria” at agency

It seems like only yesterday – in fact, full disclosure, it was yesterday – I posted here about how the Nobel literature prize win for Kazuo Ishiguro was boosting his, and his publishers’, bottom line with renewed interest in the Ishiguro backlist and lots of reprinting going on. Today The Bookseller reports that was just Read More …

Simon & Schuster UK “really strong financially”

After a poor 2015, 2016 showed much promise for Simon & Schuster UK, despite releasing 100 fewer books. The Bookseller reports Simon & Schuster UK reversed a £132,000 loss in 2015 to end 2016 with pre-tax profits of £3.76 million.   Ebook sales fell, perhaps in part due to the company’s decision to keep frontlist Read More …

Foyles launches book subscription service in UK

From the UK’s Bookseller comes news that the UK bookstore Foyles is to launch its own subscription service. No, not for ebooks, but for print. Back in the 1950s-60s the Foyles Book Club was a central part of the London bookstore’s sales strategy, and to cash in on the up and coming Christmas season (we Read More …

A million poetry books sold in 2016

It’s a funny old world. Publishing is supposedly on its knees, decimated by digital, attention spans are supposedly shortening by the day and no-one reads any more, and video streaming and other distractions are wiping out any vestige of hope that literature might still be around next weekend. Meanwhile books continue to sell, publishers continue Read More …