India’s think-outside-the-box publisher Juggernaut partners with Youth Ki Awaaz for exclusive digital originals

The first of a series of digital original titles from the India young people’s voice website Youth Ki Awaaz (YKA) goes live today courtesy of the ground-breaking digital-first publisher Juggernaut. What the Media Won’t Tell You is the first of this series that, says the Juggernaut team in a press release, will range across different Read More …

Storytel RU forecasts 40% growth in 2018 as booming Russian audiobook market reaches 500 million rubles

Amid the overall success story of the rising Russian audiobook market, one company stands out for exceptional achievement. Storytel only established its office in Russia in June 2017 and did not become fully active until December, yet is already claiming 15% of the market, equal to better-established rival Patefon, and ahead of all the other Read More …

Flipkart returns to its roots. Plans to challenge Amazon in the India book market. Ebooks next?

Like Amazon, Flipkart started out as an online book retailer. Later it branched into other products, just like Amazon. That shouldn’t come as any big surprise. Flipkart’s founders were both former Amazon employees. But while Amazon has largely maintained its focus on books, despite the publishing sector now being just small part of its overall Read More …

As ArtaTech’s global ambitions become clear, Youboox subscription ebook service to come pre-installed on InkBook ereaders

Ebook subscription service Youboox has partnered with InkBook to offer its services pre-installed on InkBook devices. The Paris-based Youboox services has been streaming ebooks, magazine and comics in France since 2011. The new deal means new InkBook buyers will get a year’s Youboox subscription as part of the package, while pre-existing Youbook subscribers can get Read More …

Latin America’s 2018 Night of the Bookstores season off to a great start in Buenos Aires

With more bookstores per capita than any other city in on the planet, Buenos Aires is known as the bookstore capital of the world, and its annual international book fair regularly sees 1.2 million visitors. Buenos Aires also leads the Latin American Noche de las Librerías  (Night of the Bookstores) phenomenon, where once a year Read More …

Somaliland’s 11th Hargeysa International Book Fair set for 21-26 July 2018

This week comes news that the 11th Hargesya International Book Fair will be held in July, and Rwanda will be the guest of honour. It’s an interesting choice given Rwanda’s dark history of genocide and its impressive rise from the ashes of self-destruction, juxtaposed against Somaliland’s precarious position as a self-declared state within a state, Read More …

Short story prize shortlist announced for writers in Zambia

When  Zambia-born author Namwali Serpell won the 2015 Caine Prize for African Writing, the first Zambian to claim the award, she made the headlines by sharing the $15,500 prize money with her fellow contestants, two who were from Nigerian and two from South Africa. This year Zambians are in the running for another prize, this Read More …

Nordic Council Children’s and YA Literature nominations announced at Bolgna

At the International Children’s Book Fair in Bologna this week the 12 nominations for the Nordic Council’s Children’s & Young People’s Literature Prize were announced. The winner will pocket DKK 350,000 ($58,000) on October 30th at a special ceremony at the Oslo Opera House. The Nordic Council awards a total of five prizes each year Read More …

Denmark’s Saxo Premium caters “for all the different ways we read books today”

Denmark’s largest online bookstore Saxo this week launches its new Saxo Premium club, offering deep discounts on print books alongside unlimited access to over 30,000 ebooks and audiobooks. As a Premium member, you can listen freely to audiobooks when you are doing everyday tasks, read e-books on your travels without having to pay extra weight Read More …

Books to Film in Bermuda

One of the most amusing false narratives in the publishing industry is the idea that video streaming is a threat to books. In fact a look at the book charts at almost any time will show books that have a film or TV adaptation, or books derived from a film or TV original, are up Read More …

International Publishing Distribution Association welcomes its first distributor from Africa

The International Publishing Distribution Association (IPDA), operating from Madrid, is an international umbrella body for companies in the field of digital (and print) publishing and distribution. Until now IPDA membership has been limited to operators in Europe and the Americas. This week African can be added to that list as Nigeria’s new venture Publiseer takes Read More …

Record-breaking number of children’s books published in Sweden, but only 56% Swedish originals

The Swedish Children’s Institute is reporting the number of books published for children has increased for the eighth consecutive year, and in 2017 broke the 2,500 marker with 2,532 titles, up 5% on 2016. What hasn’t changed much is the number of home-produced titles, with Swedish originals still accounting for just 56% of books coming Read More …

Turkey expecting a record breaking year in publishing as trade sector grows and book fairs and festivals boom

While the western book fairs naturally continue to grab the attention on the western publishing industry circuit, the real story of the Global New Renaissance is unfolding in the smaller markets that are largely overlooked. There has been phenomenal growth in interest and attendance, and consequently sales, at book fairs and book festivals around the Read More …

Ten not to be missed World Poetry Day stories from around the globe

World Poetry Day has been celebrated on March 21 since 1999, and every year it seems more and more folk in more and more countries are marking the event in some way or other. For my part I especially like the Pay By Poetry concept, where consumers are offered the chance to pay for their Read More …

1 million visitors expected as the Ho Chi Minh City Book Festival gets underway in Vietnam, with 300,000 titles and 30 million books

The 10th Ho Chi Minh City Book Festival runs from March 19 through 25 this year, with the theme “Books – Culture, Integration and Development.” It promises to be another huge SE Asia book event that will be largely ignored on the western publishing circuit where it seems we prefer to perpetuate the myth that Read More …

The world’s biggest book sale moves to Indonesia. And this time it’s 5.5 million books. 2018 is the year of the Big Bad Wolf

The Big Bad Wolf debuted in the Philippines last month, taking 2 million books to the World Trade Centre in Pasay City, Manila for a ten day non-stop (literally, 24/7) book sale that had Filipinos queuing for two hours just to pay for the books they had selected. As one Filipino booklover reminisced in the Read More …

Sweden’s Nextory wants to be the biggest ebook player in Scandinavia even as Amazon prepares its Nordic launch. Suicidal? No. Once again books are not on Amazon’s agenda

There are three big digital book players in Sweden – Storytel, Bonnier’s Bookbeat, and Nextory. And this week comes news that Nextory has raised SEK 51 million ($6.2 million) as part of plans to become the biggest ebook operator in Sweden, and beyond. The fresh money (on top of SEK 50 million previously raised) comes Read More …

Ten global publishing stories not to be missed. 17 March 2018 collation

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 on the western English-language publishing circuit unless I can offer some Read More …

Spanish libraries lent 60 million print books and 130,000 ebooks in 2017. Or did they? A look at Public Libraries 2020’s curious numbers

With a population of 46 million Spain is fielding 4,600 public libraries – one for every 10,000 citizens, and 8.6 million adults have visited said libraries in 2017 – almost 19% of the population. But while 60 million print books were borrowed from Spanish libraries in 2017, just 126,000 ebooks were downloaded. That’s according to Read More …

Organisers of the first Krithi International Book Fair in India “go gaga” as 700,000 visitors buy $2.6 million of books in ten days

It’s a common theme here at TNPS that many of the so-called nascent book markets are actually potential hotbeds of booklovers with cash to splash, if only publishers could surmount the twin hurdles of distribution and awareness. In countries where distribution infrastructure is lacking, access to books tends to centre on a handful of viable Read More …