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 …

Russia’s LitRes sees 46% ebook growth as Storytel Russia grows. Subscription model has much to offer

Russia’s ebook giant LitRes is seeing 46% growth this year as enthusiasm for the format grows, but overall ebooks are still just 6% of the Russian book marker, reports Eugene Gerden for Publishing Perspectives today. Russia’s Growing Ebook and Audiobook Sales in First Half of 2018 According to Gerden, LitRes says its ebook sales through Read More …

Data Guy rewrites the historical Author Earnings US ebook statistics. 2016 US unit ebook sales of 487 million now 525 million. What are we to believe?

I had occasion to revisit Data Guy’s January 2018 Author Earnings Report this week. And I found Data Guy has quietly slipped in new numbers for 2015 and 2016 US ebook market. Said Data Guy on May 31 this year, slipped into the comments thread, four months after the main report went live, US ebook sales totaled Read More …

66 OverDrive libraries on target for 1 million+ downloads in 2018. Seven for 4m. Two looking at 5m as downloads soar 11%

The mid-year numbers are in from OverDrive and once again it’s looking to be a record-breaking year for the Rakuten-owned company. Last year OverDrive recorded 225 million downloads, with 58 libraries passing the 1 million downloads mark. This year at the half-way mark 66 libraries are looking to exceed 1 million downloads, with seven libraries Read More …

China’s curvy new bookstore floats in the clouds

When it comes to embracing digital reading, China is the world leader, with more ebook readers, more digital authors, and bigger ebook stores than anywhere else on the planet. But print, here as everywhere, is still king, and despite the fact that the Chinese live more of their lives on their smartphones than any other Read More …

Ten global publishing stories not to be missed. 11 July 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. They do make the TNPS twitter feed. Follow TNPS on twitter here: @thenewpubstd. But twitter is an ephemeral beast. Blink and you miss it. Read More …

India’s Neyveli Book Fair sees 200,000 visitors spend less than in 2017 – a rare reversal of a global trend

While there’s no question the trend in international book fairs is more visitors spending more cash on more books, there are of course exceptions, and this year India’s Neyveli Book Fair has proven to be one of them. By some accounts vendors are reporting takings down between 25%-40% compared to 2017, despite beating footfall expectations, Read More …

Arabic Literature in Translation Seminar in New York follows Sharjah’s New Orleans Library Association presence. The Arab Renaissance gets into second gear

The Sheikh Zayed Book Award (SZBA) will be running a seminar at the New York Public Library tomorrow as the next stage of the Arab Renaissance unfolds. The seminar is to introduce the recently launched Translation Fund, which looks to support Arabic literature reaching the English, French and German language markets. Juergen Boos, President of Read More …

PRH’s Markus Dohle says audiobooks are the future, not the ebook, as Storytel Arabia ramps up production. But is Dohle missing the bigger picture?

“Audiobooks are the future, not ebooks,” said Penguin Random House CEO Markus Dohle last week at Spain’s Forum Edita at the Barcelona School of Management of the Pompeu Fabra University. Talking about book publishing in general, Dohle said, The sector is experiencing the best moment of the last fifty years … and maybe of the last five Read More …

Buying books in pajamas – Big Bad Wolf Sri Lanka ends today

This is a scene in the early hours of the morning in Colombo, Sri Lanka, where the 24-hour twelve-day mega book sale known as Big Bad Wolf is preparing to wind down. Because of the huge crowds during the day many booklovers head to the sale in the early hours, kids in night clothes, pushing Read More …

Bonnier shifts problem child Type & Tell to Adlibris

When Bonnier Books Nova launched Type & Tell back in 2015 the vision was to tap into the growing Swedish self-publishing market and cherry pick top authors for mainstream publishing. It never really took off in Sweden (just 5,000 registered users) and in early 2017 Bonnier decided to try its arm in the UK, with Read More …