Shake-up looms in French publishing as Vivendi aspires to buy out Editis

IDBoox reports that Grupo Planeta and Vivendi are negotiating a full buy-out of the French publishing group Editis. The Editis group, explains IDBoox, is made up of publishing houses such as: Nathan, Robert Laffont, Plon, City Press, Bordas and Le Cherche Midi, and has a group value of 900 million euros ($1 billion), generating 750 million euros ($879 Read More …

Bonnier’s Bookbeat clocks 100,000 subscribers as growth continues, but UK publishers still aren’t interested

A month ahead of schedule, Bookbeat, the audiobook and ebook subscription arm of the Swedish publishing giant Bonnier, has reached its milestone of 100,000 subscribers, reports Boktugg’s Sölve Dahlgren., who says the company is on target to to reach SEK 150 million ($17 million) in revenue for the full year 2018. Bookbeat CEO Niclas Sandin Read More …

40% of Argentines read a book last year. Only 7% read an ebook. But the future is digital

Four out of ten Argentines have read one or more books in the past twelve months, according to a new study by the Universidad Argentina de la Empresa, but only 7% of those chose to read digitally. At first glance the study seems to reinforce a common narrative that Latinos don’t read, and that ebooks Read More …

50 thousand Amazon students get access to digital books. The other Amazon, that is

In countries where, as the saying goes, “people don’t read,” it is often the “Three A’s” – Availability, Accessibility and Affordability – that are behind this apparent disinterest in books. Put simply, if the books aren’t available, aren’t accessible, and aren’t affordable, then many would-be readers will be missing out. Imagine living in Manaus, the Read More …

Nigeria’s ebook and music aggregator Publiseer hits 1.5 million music downloads in its first year. Audiobooks and video next

It’s just under a year since Publiseer launched in Nigeria, a plucky start-up with the novel idea of combining ebooks and music on one platform. That came from the simple fact that the company was launched by twins, Chidi and Chika Nwaogu, one an author, one a musician. Publiseer went from launch to profitability in Read More …

Barcelona comic book store takes the Eisner Award at San Diego

The big American and British book and comic events get plenty of coverage elsewhere, so aren’t usually a staple of The New Publishing Standard, but the San Diego Comic Con warrants a mention here on two counts. First, and rather surprisingly, is that the San Diego event with its regular 130,000 visitors is being touted Read More …

African publishers pay the price for putting all their eggs in one basket

The Angolan government has recently announced it will be spending an extra $40 million in 2019 on textbooks for schools, provided free of charge to students. Textbooks for schools and colleges are of course the mainstay of publishers around the world, but what if the governments ordering these books decide to shift production in-house? Publishers Read More …

Books on the beaches – not content with having the biggest book fair in the world, Egypt takes books to the Med resorts

You might think that, with almost four million visitors turning out for the January 2018 Cairo International Book Fair, there wouldn’t be anyone left to warrant another book event in Egypt. After all, as we all know Arabs don’t read. And if you believe that, I’m offering half-price flights to the Moon all next week. Read More …

Juggernaut partners with China’s content-sharing app SHAREit to get Juggernaut Books in front of 400 million Indians

It was a year ago this month that China’s content-sharing app SHAREit crossed the all-important 1 billion user mark, at that time with 300 million on board in India. Fast forward a year, and now with 400 million Indian users, and India’s premier digital publishing outfit Juggernaut Books has partnered with SHAREit to deliver video Read More …

Audible UK’s £150,000 deal with LAMDA means British publishers need to up their audiobook game

The Bookseller breaks the news today that Amazon’s Audible UK has partnered with the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA) in a three year deal worth £150,000 ($195,000). Explains The Bookseller, The two organisations will develop the next generation of acting talent through scholarships and training opportunities in audio entertainment, while original audio Read More …