12 mind-blowing book events you probably never knew happened in 2017

Usually on alternate Sundays I review the latest Hot Sheet from Jane Friedman and Porter Anderson, but this time around it was a review of the past year and much of what is covered has been discussed in previous reviews here, so this week I’m doing my own TNPS-style review of the 2017 publishing year Read More …

Emirati Publishers Association arrives in World Book Capital. Nobody notices

You could be forgiven for not realising it, but the World Book Capital 2017-18 is just down the road from me here in West Africa, in Guinea Conakry. In another reminder that publishing in the rest of the world doesn’t stop for Christmas, representatives of the UAE’s Emirati Publisher’s Association have been in Guinea Conakry Read More …

Buying books on trains in the Ukraine

Not much detail on this story yet, but Nasher (the Professional Hub for Arab Publishers, reports that Ukrainian Railways will be selling books on its trains from the end of the year. According to Nasher, Ukrainian publishing houses commended and celebrated the initiative because it will contribute to a significant increase in sales. Other bookstores Read More …

Pre-teen kids create children’s library in Kolkata

  As we say goodbye to 2017, a heartwarming story from Kolkata, India, home of the world’s biggest book fair and home of some of India’s worst slums. The Times of India reports a new children’s library has just opened in Kolkata, created for children, by children. Siblings Manadwi and Suhasini Dugar, respectively 12 and Read More …

2011: “Best Holiday Ever for Kindle.” 2017: Kindle device sales not mentioned. How important will the Kindle be to Amazon in 2018?

As we start the fourth year without a new Kindle store, Amazon has issued its annual post-Holidays press release, extolling another successful sales season. That includes best-selling books and best-selling devices. This from the 2017 press release: It was a record holiday shopping season for Amazon Devices, with millions more devices purchased worldwide this year Read More …

While western publishing parties, global publishing goes from strength to strength

It may be Christmas where you are, and the publishing industry is sleeping off one hangover just in time for the next as the New Year celebrations begin, but elsewhere in the world it’s business as usual for publishing. The Saudi Jeddah Book Fair and the Singapore Bookfest may have wound up on 24 December Read More …

Saudi Arabia’s online bookstore delivers Jeddah Book Fair orders to your door

The Jeddah International Book Fair drew to a close Christmas Eve and as ever, while many people went home laden with books, others couldn’t carry as many as they’d have liked, and of course many simply couldn’t be there for the big event. But across the Middle East, as elsewhere where the bookstore infrastructure we Read More …

Saudi Arabia’s youngest Arabic-language author at the Jeddah Int. Book Fair

The western publishing industry is slowly shutting shop as we count down the last few days to Christmas, and there won’t be much activity now until the New Year. But here at The New Publishing Standard we are celebrating the international publishing business, charting the Global New Renaissance day by day, so it will be Read More …

As Amazon’s South America plans become clearer, will Kindle ebooks even be a feature?

It’s now more than three years since Amazon launched a Kindle store. Back in those heady days of 2011-12 it seemed the Amazon Kindle store was on a mission to take ebooks to the world. From just the USA in 2007 Amazon opened Kindle stores in the UK in 2010, then dashed off four in Read More …

“Bulgarian readers are hungry for Chinese books”

The Sofia International Book Fair has just wound up, and among the key players was China’s Foreign Language Teaching & Research Press (FLTRP), attending the fair, which typically sees about 50,000 visitors, for the first time. Although it was China’s first Sofia Book Fair appearance, FLTRP has been working with Bulgaria’s Iztok-Zapad (East-West) publishing house Read More …

Dahd – the Arab world’s answer to Audible audiobooks

While we all love what Amazon is doing with the Kindle stores and Audible, the sad reality is the Kindle store and Audible only cater to a fraction of the world’s readers and listeners, leaving the door wide open to other players. As reported here at TNPS recently, Sweden’s Storytel has been quick to step Read More …

The Hot Sheet Reviewed – first December 2017 edition

The Hot Sheet is a publishing industry news-sheet for authors, produced every two weeks by Porter Anderson and Jane Friedman, and reviewed here every other Sunday as one of the best bi-weekly industry overviews available to authors. We’re not interested in delivering breaking news, but perspective on stories that are likely to retain meaning for your long-term decision Read More …

Print sales down 43%. Ebooks sale up 60%. Will the 2017 Christmas Book Flood be good news for Iceland’s publishers?

Come Christmas, and thoughts turn to northern climes. And in Iceland, thoughts turn to books, and the Jólabókaflóð, which monoglots like me will be pleased to know translates to the more  pronounceable Christmas Book Flood. The Christmas Book Flood began in 1944. Iceland had just gained independence from Denmark, and as paper was not rationed Read More …

Ten things you can relate to at the world’s biggest book sale – 4.5 million books at great discounts

The world’s biggest book sale is underway in Malaysia, and Rokal Daily has a great post this week highlighting “10 Things You Can Relate To If You’re A Big Bad Wolf Book Sale Junkie.” Big Bad what? For us in the west, finding great books is as easy as easy as popping to the local Read More …

Driverless cars open up new publishing opportunities. Renault is first to rise to the challenge

The French car manufacturer Renault has bought a 40% stake in Challenges Group, the publisher of the weekly economics magazine Challenges and four monthly science and history journals. Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn, reports Bloomberg, plans to stretch the carmaker’s suite of products to entertaining passengers in future driverless vehicles. (That means) new content specially designed Read More …

Brazil’s comic con may have been bigger than the USA’s. 275,000 expected as the Jeddah Book Fair gets under way in Saudi Arabia

With just ten days to go ’til Christmas the western publishing industry is preparing to take a break, happy to sit back and let the booksellers, online and off, do their work. But publishing is a global industry where geographical and calendar boundaries are increasingly meaningless, and for much of the world it’s business as Read More …

While Myanmar bookstores struggle, street bookstores and English-language bookstores thrive

Myanmar has been in the news for all the wrong reasons this year, so let’s round off 2017 with a look at Myanmar’s book scene. Today’s Myanmar Times (never let it be said TNPS brings you old news!)(of course, time zones help) tells of English teacher Peter Evans, planning on opening his third bookstore in Read More …

Indonesia likely to tax ebooks in 2018

A World Trade Organization (WTO) moratorium on charging import tariffs for intangible goods expires at the end of this year, and with just weeks to go the Indonesian government is among several looking at using the opportunity to raise revenue from imported software, ebooks and other intangibles. Coconuts Jakarta quotes Deni Surjantoro, head of the sub-directorate of Read More …

UK’s fastest growing bookseller partners with Kortext

The UK’s leading specialist and academic bookseller, Blackwell’s, has crowned a 30% increase in sales this year with a partnership with the global personal study platform and eTextbook provider Kortext. Kortext is acquiring Blackell’s e-learning business and together Kortext and Blackwell’s will deliver digital learning content solutions to Blackwell’s university and student customers across the Read More …

S.E. Asia online economy growing faster than predicted. $200bn by 2025. Will publishers rise to the opportunity?

A year and a half after Google and Temasek’s first assessment of the SE Asia digital economy, a new report shows the region growing significantly faster than predicted. The report touches on neither books nor ebooks, but this study represents major opportunities for publishers, distributors, retailers and authors, both within the region and beyond. By Read More …