Storytel Q4 revenue up 27% in Q4. Streaming revenue up 42%. Subscribers up 48% to 533,000. 15 countries by end 2018

While not yet in profit, Storytel has made impressive gains over Q4 2017, with overall revenue up 27% on the period, while streaming revenue rose 47%. CEO Jonas Tellander confirmed total subscribers now at 533,400, in keeping with a TNPS estimate last month. Storytel has 300,000 Swedish subscribers, a further 250,000 beyond and is aiming Read More …

“Possibly the coolest shop in Islamabad.” As the Third Lahore Comic Con ends, Pakistan’s comics industry gathers pace

The Royal Palm Golf and Country Club in Lahore, Pakistan is probably not the kind of place you’d normally expect to see Harry Potter, Spiderman and Captain Jean-Luc Picard. But then again, Pakistan is probably not a country we associate with comics and science fiction at all. But things are changing, and Pakistan presents a Read More …

Using literature to connect countries and cultures – the Second South Asian Literature Conference ends

The second South Asian Literature Now conference in Dhaka ended Friday, after two days of discussion on South Asian poetry, language and translation. Lamenting that, Various parts of South Asia are still isolated and people know little about their literary works, Prof Emeritus Rafiqul Islam of the Bangladesh University of Liberal Arts opened the ceremony Read More …

The Hot Sheet Reviewed – second February 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 …

Kindle Snapshot: 8 out of Top 10 ebooks in the Kindle US store are Amazon imprint titles this morning

Probably the single most unforeseen consequence of the digital revolution in publishing was that mainstream publishers would soon be competing not just with countless “indie authors” successfully self-publishing their works, but that mainstream publishers would be directly competing with their biggest retailer. It all seemed so improbable when Amazon started its first imprint back in Read More …

Comic Con India Cosplay Finals Today (Feb 24)

Cosplay, the art of dressing up in elaborate costumes of comic, anime and science fiction characters, is a major part of the comic publishing industry’s wider entertainment arena, and dates back to the very first World Science Fiction Convention in New York in 1939. Today the Comic Con India Cosplay Finals are live as this is Read More …

Fewer German readers buy ebooks in Germany. Unit sales rise, revenue falls for second year running. Or so a survey says.

The latest report from the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels, which publishes quarterly reports in cooperation with GfK Entertainment, sends out mixed messages about the state of the German ebook market. On the one hand, unit sales were up one million to 29.1 million, and purchase intensity (how many ebooks were bought per active consumer) was Read More …

Primento says Belgian ebook market up 43% in 2017, with zero growth from Apple and Google Play, 98% growth from Kobo

The Brussels International Book Fair is underway in Belgium, and one Belgian aggregator has shared its numbers. It’s not clear how much Brussels based Primento’s numbers reflect the wider Belgian digital market, but Primento itself 2017 saw a 45% rise in sales in the home market. That’s according to ID Boox, which, quoting Primento’s numbers, Read More …

Ebook distributor StreetLib partners with China’s CNPIEC

Hard on the heels of the announcement StreetLib is launching in India, comes news of a distribution deal with China’s CNPIEC, as part of StreetLib’s global expansion programme. State-owned CNPIEC, aka the China National Publications Import & Export (Group) Corporation, will be distributing StreetLib’s catalogue to thousands of Chinese libraries via the e-reading platform CNPereading. And yes, the Read More …

Vietnam’s Tet book fairs sell $280,000 books in seven days, taking Vietnam book streets sales towards $4 million

The Tet (lunar New Year) holiday has just ended and book fairs set up for the event raked in over a quarter million dollars in book sales in the week long event. Fully half of that came from the Ho Chi Minh City event, held across three streets in District 1 – Nguyen Hue, Mac Read More …

Two Nigerian ebook start-ups prepare to challenge Okada

Nigeria is not an easy place to buy ebooks. None of the Big 5 western ebook retailers have any presence in this English-speaking nation of 180 million people, leaving the door open for local initiatives. Just last September Publiseer launched, offering a uniquely positioned self-publishing portal for writers and, wait for it, musicians. Publiseer claims Read More …

Turkey’s 3rd Arabic Book and Culture Days to establish a common heritage founded on the geography of the Ottoman Empire

The 3rd Arabic Book and Culture Days event will take place in Turkey March 2-11 at the Bağlarbaşı Culture Centre in Istanbul. The Daily Sabah explains, The 3rd Turkey Arabic Book and Culture Days aims to establish a common heritage and culture of Islamic countries founded on the geography of the Ottoman Empire, to introduce Read More …

New head of sales at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

The Edinburgh Arts Festival is regarded by many as the largest arts events in the world, which often overshadows the Edinburgh International Book Festival (EIBF) which runs concurrent. But the EIBF is a powerhouse in its own right, owning and operating two large pop-up shops within Charlotte Square Gardens, including the largest specialty Children’s Bookshop Read More …

Storytel launches in Iceland. Italy, Bulgaria and Turkey next?

Swedish audiobook subscription service Storytel launched in its tenth country today, adding Iceland to an impressive list of nations that already includes Denmark, Finland, Norway, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Spain and India, as well as Sweden itself. This will come as no surprise to TNPS regulars. As reported here in January – Storytel has 300,000 Swedish subscribers, Read More …

Swedish Romance Academy to launch this spring

Although romance books sometimes come in for a hard time in elite publishing circles, there’s no denying the enormous popularity of this wide-ranging genre, and one might reasonably assume that such a universal theme as love and relationships would make romance a hugely popular genre everywhere in the world. Yet there are parts of the Read More …

Augmented reality, educational games for science textbooks, and a Youtube channel. The Bangladesh book fair delivers more surprises

The month-long Amar Ekushey Boi Mela book festival in Dhaka is among many other things an opportunity for publishers to release new books, and every day the list of new titles has been mounting. But this past week three innovative new additions to the list came in the form of a Youtube video, a science Read More …

World’s biggest book sale heading to Bangladesh, Dubai, Korea and Taiwan this year

As reported here at TNPS last week, the world’s biggest book sale, the Big Bad Wolf, debuted in the Philippines, marking the start of a ten country tour. Shopping at Barnes & Noble was never like this. Bring comfy clothes, a suitcase, a friend and lots of stamina for the world’s biggest book sale As Read More …

Romania on-line book market to grow 15%-20% in 2018

With Romania’s overall book market valued at around EUR 100 million ($124 million), on-line book buying is expected to grow as much as 20% this year, with books the third most popular online purchase. In an interview with Business Review, Laura Teposu, director of business development at Libros.ro, one of Romania’s leading online booksellers, estimated Read More …

“The ebook is a stupid product. Our business consists of saying no to three thousand manuscripts and saying yes to one.” – Hachette CEO

Arnaud Nourry has been CEO of Hachette Livre since 2003, so has overseen Hachette’s response to the digital revolution and to the rise of Amazon’s dominance of the Anglophone print and digital markets. For Nourry, that dominance is less a problem than to some publishing houses, as France-based Hachette derives fully 33% of its business Read More …

Shopping at Barnes & Noble was never like this. Bring comfy clothes, a suitcase, a friend and lots of stamina for the world’s biggest book sale

The world’s biggest book sale? Two million books at discounts of up to 80%? Where would we be without Amazon? Only, this has absolutely nothing to do with Amazon. This is the Philippines debut of the Big Bad Wolf event, the ten day 24/7 book sale that is taking SE Asia by storm. Originally just Read More …