Top Scottish authors in India for the world’s biggest book fair

The world’s biggest book fair (by visitor attendance) gets underway today in Kolkata, India, and by the time it winds up, on February 11, best part of 2.5 million people will have been excitedly meeting authors, participating in literary events and, yes, buying books. Not least the books of Scottish crime writers, with some encouragement Read More …

Greek National Library moves to new home

In Athens this month the transfer of the Greek national book collection is underway. The collection dates back to the 1820s but it was only as that century drew to a close that the collection moved to its current home, the beautiful neo-classical marble building in Phaleron Bay. Work on the new home at the Read More …

StreetLib launches in India

The Italy-based aggregator StreetLib announces today that it is launching in India, with a partnership with India’s PubGen. The news comes hard on the heels of StreetLib’s new focus on the Ibero-America market, and less than two years after StreetLib opened offices in the USA. In today’s press release StreetLib describes the move as, a Read More …

Rwanda aims to “have books everywhere” to encourage reading

Many countries have government ministers who juggle the improbable twin balls of sports and culture in their departmental portfolio, but it’s rare the two come together in any meaningful way. But that’s literally what is happening in Rwanda, where the Minister of Sports and Culture, Julienne Uwacu,  believes any platform where people converge should be Read More …

New Urdu digital dictionary “the biggest treasure in Pakistan’s literary history”

When it comes to a nation’s literature, we take it for granted that dictionaries of the country’s language(s) will be available. And in the twenty-first century it’s also a given those dictionaries will be available online. Well, it is in some parts of the world. But Pakistan has only this past week got its first Read More …

The Hot Sheet Reviewed – second January 2018 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 …

StreetLib, PublishDrive and Bookwire gear up for the global ebook markets game. First, Latin America

While the established American aggregators Smashwords, Draft2Digital, Bookbaby, etc, maintain their focus on their domestic market, with token efforts towards the international marketplace, their European rivals are carving up the rest of the world between them, with Germany’s Bookwire, Hungary’s PublishDrive and Italy’s StreetLib leading the way. Bookwire has a strong presence in Brazil, especially Read More …

The Japan-Vietnam Festival is underway, with Manga comic books a star of the show

Development of the Vietnamese comic book market is high on the agenda at the Japan-Vietnam Festival this weekend in Ho Chi Minh City, reports VietnamNet. As well as displays by the Japan Manga Book Association, copyright issues will be discussed, and also ways for both Vietnamese and Japanese artists and authors to move the Vietnamese Read More …

A PS4 tournament and virtual reality cricket. The Dhaka Comic Con kicks off in Bangladesh

As a kid back in nineteen bow and arrow I spent much of my childhood reading comics, dreaming about writing comics and, in my early teens, writing to fellow comic-lovers around the world. And I do mean around the world. We only had snail-mail back then (a time when owning a pocket calculator was the Read More …

Apple’s ebook subscription service: the missing ingredient in Apple’s ebook-comeback

For a few minutes yesterday it looked like Apple might have been planning an ebook comeback, after having pretty much lost all enthusiasm for the iBooks store following the law suits against Apple and several publishers, commencing 2012, that cost Apple $450 million in fines. That sort of money, for Apple, was barely a slap Read More …

India’s Chennai Book Fair sets new record for visitors, sales and revenue

The 2018 book fair year is off to a great start in India, not withstanding early indications of a slight fall in visitor numbers at the New Delhi World Book Fair. I’m still awaiting confirmation on that, but meanwhile the numbers are in for the Chennai (Madras) Book Fair and it’s an impressive showing. A Read More …

Print book sales up, ebooks up and audiobook sales explode – in Finland

One of the great things about the Global New Renaissance is that it is just that: global. Digital social media is driving awareness, access and supply of culture across all art forms and all formats, in all countries, across all languages and cultures, in a way quite unprecedented in human history, and quite unthinkable even Read More …

Malaysia’s book-buying incentive scheme backfires

Since 2012 Malaysia has been issuing book vouchers to students to help with the cost of educational materials. The original vouchers, BB1M, were worth RM200 and were exchangeable by students at any bookstore, book fair or book festival, but some students were exchanging them for cash, so in 2017 the government changed its approach. The Read More …

Booksellers Association and the Society of Authors advise indie authors on how to get into bookstores

In what must be the definitive acknowledgement that self-publishing is mainstream in the UK, Britain’s Booksellers Association has teamed up with the Society of Authors to produce a guide for indie authors showing them how to get books into bricks & mortar bookstore. Placement in bookstores is, for most indie authors, a challenge too far, Read More …

Ten global publishing stories not to be missed – 22 January 2018 edition

The global publishing market has never been more exciting, and every day myriad publishing stories cross my screen that I’d love to develop here at TNPS, but there simply isn’t time. I also have a rule that I don’t repeat a story published elsewhere unless I can offer some additional information or perspective that hasn’t Read More …

Storytel has 300,000 Swedish subscribers, a further 250,000 beyond and is aiming for thirty countries

The audiobook subscription service Storytel announced this past week that it has surpassed 300,000 paying subscribers in its homeland Sweden, with Swedes listening to almost 100 million hours in 2017, compared with 65 million hours the year before. In November Storytel reported being just below 300,000 with a total of 530,000 subscribers, since when it Read More …

Waterstones defies the bookstore apocalypse with 80% rise in profits. Barnes & Noble looks the other way

It was never meant to be this way. Profitable bookstore chains? In the age of Amazon? That’s not how the bookstore apocalypse narrative goes. But as The Guardian reported back in 2015, Four years ago (2011), Waterstones was facing oblivion. Declining sales of physical books, together with the relentless growth of Amazon and mismanagement by its former Read More …

The Philippines will host one of the world’s biggest book sales in February. Big Bad Wolf is coming to Manila!

The world’s biggest book sale lands in Manila next month. With 2 million titles on sale at big discounts 24 hours a day you could be forgiven for thinking Amazon is about to open a Kindle Philippines ebook store, but actually these are print books, sold in real time. Amazon? Isn’t that a river in Read More …

Bonnier’s Bookbeat headhunt’s Amazon Audible’s finest for Bookbeat Germany

Back in September Bonnier’s audiobook arm Bookbeat added Germany to its portfolio of satellite sites in Finland and the UK and its home base in Sweden. This week comes news that Bookbeat has headhunted Amazon Audible Germany’s Kathrin Rüstig to head Content and Publisher Relations at the Bookbeat DE operation. In doing so Bonnier doesn’t Read More …

Myanmar’s golden age of comics revived for a day as another Myanmar comic makes a killing on Facebook

For a couple of hours this coming Saturday adults in Yangon, Myanmar (that’s Rangoon, Burma for those of us who learned geography last century) will be able to take a trip down memory lane in the company of some classic comics from Myanmar’s comic golden age. ‘Graffiti and Cartoon Story’ is a public display of Read More …