Amazon’s Audible opens up its romance audiobook subscription service to ACX authors. But what’s in it for the author?

While getting self-published ebooks into the Kindle Unlimited (KU) ebook subscription service is as simple as going exclusive with Amazon and ticking the enroll box, getting indie audiobooks into the Audible audiobook subscription service is a little more challenging. First off, the subscription service is only for romance genre audiobooks. If we can meet that Read More …

The English-language bookshop reopens in Romania

Literally as I write this post on the evening of Wednesday 15 November 2017 the Anthony Frost English Bookshop has just re-opened, according to the store’s Facebook page, after a ten month hiatus. The Anthony Frost English Bookshop, as the name suggests, is an English-language bookstore. In the Romanian capital, Bucharest. The bookstore closed in Read More …

Writing in India’s shadow – the challenge facing Nepali authors

I was e-chatting with a Canadian author recently and the topic turned to what it is like for Canadian authors, writing in the shadow of their giant neighbour, the USA. Canada has a vibrant literary community and heritage. For example the Montreal International Book Fair, which begins its 40th anniversary incarnation tomorrow, Wednesday 15 November, is Read More …

Digital logic turned on its head once again. First Amazon start selling books in bricks and mortar stores. Now Netflix is publishing comics – in print

I’m a big fan of child actors and of strong child characters, and I used to be a big fan of comics,  so Mark Millar’s Kick-Ass was a made-in-heaven graphic novel and film, thanks to the wonderful Chloë Moretz’s portrayal of Hit Girl. Millar is one of the giants of twenty-first century comics – the Read More …

Pearson shutters watermarked ebooks in its digital store

Hat tip to Nate Hoffelder at The Digital Reader for bringing this story to my attention. It seems Pearson sent out an email this week to its customers announcing that watermarked ebooks will no longer be available from the MyPearson.com ebook store. Effective immediately watermarked ebooks are no longer for sale, and watermarked ebooks that Read More …

Barnes & Noble removes manuscript editor from NookPress

NookPress, the self-publishing portal of the US bookstore Barnes & Noble, is “streamlining” the book upload process and will be removing its Manuscript Editor. NookPress is sending out the following email today: Dear Publisher, We wanted to let you know that we will be removing the Manuscript Editor feature in the next few weeks in Read More …

Draft2Digital sees a “very large spike” as Pronoun authors migrate

The not altogether unexpected failure of the US-based distributor Pronoun dealt competitor aggregators an unexpected windfall this month StreetLib and PublishDrive both rushed to produce migration tools that could with virtually one click transfer an author’s Pronoun files across and get them up and running again. Both PublishDrive and StreetLib offer Amazon and Google Play Read More …

Walking book fairs and books on wheels – India’s trad-publishers party like its 2009

Penguin Random House has been in India thirty years, and is marking the event by again partnering its Penguin on Wheels wagon with Walking Book Fairs, touring the country to offer discounted books to eager readers. First launched in May 2016 Penguin on Wheels was the first such initiative by a major publisher in India. Neha Punj, Read More …

Record-breaking Sharjah Int. Book Fair – 2.38 million visitors. $56 million book sales in eleven days

The ten day Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) wound up yesterday (Saturday) and literally as I was writing this post today, Sunday, the official numbers rolled in. 2.38 million visitors attended the event in the United Arab Emirates, and books to the value of $56 million were sold. As many commentators are saying, Sharjah is Read More …

US National Book Awards to be live-streamed on Facebook

The National Book Awards are just a few days away (Wednesday 15 November) but the event is a by-invitation-only fundraiser that will set you back $1,250, so I’m thinking about watching it on Facebook Live. Thinking about it because time zones mean I’d rather be in bed, and besides, I haven’t read any of the Read More …

Macmillan closing romance website as well as Pronoun. Is Macmillan romance struggling?

Hard on the heels of the announcement that the self-publishing portal Pronoun was to close, Macmillan has announced on twitter that its consumer-facing romance website Heroes and Heartbreakers is to close too. While the Pronoun closure surprised few, the closure statement on Heroes and Heartbreakers is unexpected. Publishers Lunch quotes Macmillan as explaining, As the digital Read More …

Micro-aggregators in Africa rise to meet growing demand from authors

Authors in the “First World” tend nowadays to take for granted that, even if they would really like a “trad-pub” deal and intend to try the agent-query route first, they have other options. Self-publishing is as simple as finishing the manuscript, providing a cover, and submitting the MS Word doc to a self-publishing portal such Read More …

Book sales slightly down amid mixed publisher earnings reports

The publisher earnings reports are rolling in once again, and it’s a mixed bag, even as NPD Bookscan reports tracked book sales down This of course is by no means all book sales, but does reflect the performance of the bigger mainstream publishers. According to a summary over at Publishers Lunch, Print sales through outlets Read More …

Brazil’s slavery history exposed in graphic novel format

In the dark history of the trans-Atlantic slave trade few can be unaware of the “golden triangle” of trade between Britain, West Africa and North America. Which makes Britain and the US the two largest African-slave-owning nations, right? Well, not quite. In fact Britain traded in, but did not in any meaningful way own slaves. Read More …

OverDrive supplies the UAE’s first digital library

Back in May Book Expo New York hosted an event titled Reaching the Arab World – the New Gateway Hub – The Sharjah Publishing City Initiative. Given the panel comprised Ahmed Al Ameri, Former Director of the Sharjah International Book Fair and Head of the Sharjah Book Authority, alongside the CEOs of Ingram and OverDrive, Read More …

Harry Potter and the magic of Augmented Reality

Two big AR stories are making the news this week, both with consequences for the publishing industry. Apple is working on an augmented reality head-set that will likely launch in 2020 and replace the iPhone as top product, according to Bloomberg. Tim Cooke believes AR will be the next big thing. That’s AR as in augmented Read More …

Tencent’s China Literature IPO the biggest in a decade

When it comes to online literature, there are two global players that leave the rest in the dust. No, not Amazon and Apple. Amazon and Tencent. And while we can only guess at a valuation for the Kindle store, we now have a valuation for China Literature, the online reading arm of the Chinese e-commerce Read More …

The BBC gets interactive with Alexa and audio

One of the most exciting aspects of the Global New Renaissance now unfolding is how digital technology is allowing new art-forms to emerge that, far from destroying publishing, are energising and empowering the industry. Virtual reality and augmented reality are good examples. Enhanced ebooks and interactive ebooks another. Now comes interactive audiobooks. Interactive with Amazon Read More …

BREAKING NEWS +++ PRONOUN CLOSING +++

It’s late evening GMT here in West Africa, as news emerges Pronoun, the too-good-to-be-true ebook aggregator has proven to be too good to be true. I’ll be back tomorrow with a more considered response to the news that Pronoun has stopped all uploads as of today and will formally shutter the operation on January 15th Read More …

Never mind the US elections. Anobii hacked by the Russians

This might be a job for Robert Mueller. Or maybe not. Anobii (aka aNobii) has had an eventful history, from innovative start-up in 2006, just pre-dating Goodreads, to victim of Russian hackers in 2017. But who knew it even still existed? While Goodreads became popular enough to be bought by Amazon, aNobii (which I’ll hereon Read More …