As Storytel’s 2019 Asia expansion steps up with a Thailand office, TNPS speculates where next for Storytel

Not content with its Latin America ambitions, with a Mexico launch set for December, and a Brazil launch looking likely in the New Year, Storytel has announced the next stage of its Asia expansion is underway. To start with it’s an office in Bangkok, which will be used to coordinate expansion across the continent as Read More …

Istanbul wants to be a global centre of publishing. Is that at all realistic?

Two hundred publishers will be in Istanbul this week for the 4th annual Arabic Book Fair, regarded as the largest Arabic literary event approved by the Arab Publishers’ outside of the Arab countries. “Discover a New World” is this year’s theme. Emrah Kısakürek, chairman of Media Publishing Union which is organising the event at Istanbul’s Read More …

Is Amazon preparing a Kindle Arabia launch at the Sharjah Int. Book Fair later this year?

In November it will be four years since Amazon launched a Kindle store (Netherlands, November 2014), and as I’ve speculated on several occasions here at TNPS, it seemed mostly unlikely there were any new Kindle store launches being planned. Amazon has set up token operations in Singapore and Vietnam, is opening a call centre in Read More …

Côte d’Ivoire: francophone Africa publishing insights

The Ivory Coast, or Côte d’Ivoire as it is known at home, has a population of 24 million but despite being a wealthy nation by African standards it is blighted by an illiteracy rate (56.2%) successive governments have failed to address. It doesn’t help that there are 70 languages in the country. A report by Read More …

Spanish book market valued at minimum $2.7 billion. Paperback and ebook sales both rising

A fall in the sale of textbooks in Spain led to a slowdown in growth of the mainstream Spanish book market in 2017, coming in with an estimated price tag of 2.318 billion euros. By mainstream I mean that parts of the Spanish book market – for example, sales from self-publishers and small presses – Read More …

Storytel Brazil 2019 launch whispers grows louder

It’s only a whisper right now, but the TNPS prediction back in May that Storytel has Brazil in its sights for 2019 now has a little more substance. Back in May TNPS was the first English-language industry journal to break the news that Storytel had been in talks with Brazilian publishers, along with those in Read More …

Book reading down slightly in New Zealand. More than half read NZ authors

442,600 adult New Zealanders didn’t read a book in the past year, according to new research published by the New Zealand Book Council. Only 86% of New Zealand adults had read or started to read at least one book in the past year, down from 88% last year. Only? Plenty of countries would be ecstatic Read More …

The Week in Review

Here’s a summary of TNPS posts from the past seven days.   UK small publishers find new ways to survive as chain bookstores turn them away HarperCollins’ Harlequin launches romance book website in Australia The Mogadishu Book Fair: an oasis of tranquility in a troubled land Small presses and self-publishers left stranded by collapse of Read More …

Publishing Perspectives’ interview with the Beijing IBF’s director. The Hot Sheet’s take on indie author access to China

Given China is by any measure the second largest book market in the world, it should come as no surprise that the Beijing International Book Fair is one of the largest and most important publishing events in the world. To coincide with the event, Publishing Perspectives ran an insightful interview with the Beijing IBF Director, Read More …

Nigeria’s ebook aggregator Publiseer launches in Ghana, the first step in its Pan-Africa expansion

Publiseer may be small compared to western aggregators, but its mix-n-match ebooks and music approach has prove successful in Nigeria and to mark its first anniversary this month Publiseer has launched operations in Ghana In a statement marking the expansion, Publiseer co-founder (with brother Chika) Chidi Nwaogu, said, Ghana has an amazing music industry that Read More …

Cadaado Book Fair to debut in Somalia weeks after the Mogadishu Book Fair

Vie twitter. Yet another book fair launching in troubled Somalia. More on this as information becomes available. Via twitter. Yet another book fair launching in troubled Somalia. More on this as information becomes available. The event is one of several book fairs in Somalia this year, of which the Mogadishu Book Fair was the highest Read More …

San Diego comic convention wins court battle to be the only “Comic Con” in the US

It may not be the biggest, despite what Statista tells you, but the San Diego comic convention was the first to sue for the right to the branding “Comic Con,” and news just emerging is that the Salt Lake Comic Con, has been landed a $4 million bill as part of a legal decision that Read More …

Kobo Walmart ebook / audiobook partnership now live in the US. Here’s what each had to say

I tend to shy away from US-only news as it is so amply covered elsewhere, but for the benefit of readers outside the US who may have missed this big story but will be eager to get a share of the action, I copy below the official statements from both Kobo and Walmart stating their Read More …

Books by the buggy-load. Images from Big Bad Wolf Taiwan’s 2m English-language book sale

The Big Bad Wolf Taiwan debut event is underway and despite the fact that the two million (no misprint) books available are in English the crowds are there and they are taking away books by the buggy-load. Literally. For more about Big Bad Wolf check out this post from TNPS just before the Taiwan event Read More …

Literature to be Ghana’s next cocoa, gold and oil, says Accra International Book Festival

With the 2018 Accra International Book Festival set for 6-9 September, coinciding with Ghana’s National Literacy Day on 8 September, aspirations are high. The festival’s theme this year is “Amplify,” the idea being to amplify the power of Ghanaian writers in society and beyond and to promote a culture of reading. Writes Brittle Paper, The Festival Read More …

Portugal’s indie booksellers seek govt. help to fight the big bookstore chains

Despite fixed price laws and the notable absence of Amazon from the Portuguese book scene, indie bookstores are struggling to compete with the bigger chains, and are uniting to seek assistance from the state. Independent Portuguese booksellers from Lisbon, Aveiro and Sines joined forces to call for state intervention to protect them from the country’s Read More …

Finalists announced for the Côte d’Ivoire African Literature Prize

The Akwaba Culture Association’s Prix Ivoire pour la Littérature africaine d’Expression is set to be awarded on November 10 in the Ivorian capital, Abidjan, and this past week the finalist have been announced. 49 books from 12 countries were chasing the prize, worth 2 million CFA (3,000 euros / $3,500), but just six made the Read More …

Small presses and self-publishers left stranded by collapse of Australian distributor

The collapse of Melbourne-based book distributor Dennis Jones & Associates attracted little attention beyond the Australian industry journals last week, but as the casualties become clear the story has made the Sydney Morning Herald and it’s not a pretty picture. Says the Herald, Dennis Jones & Associates has been the go-between for small publishers and Read More …

The Mogadishu Book Fair: an oasis of tranquility in a troubled land

From above, the city is knots of green punctured by blue, red and beige roofs rolling into a strip of bright white sand before falling into the sea. In August, the air in the city is cool and a crisp ocean breeze clears the humidity. What better setting for a book fair? Actually there are Read More …

HarperCollins’ Harlequin launches romance book website in Australia

Australia’s trade e-journal Books & Publishing is reporting Harlequin, owned by HarperCollins, has launched a book andn ebook website with 23,000 titles from the various Harlequin imprints. It’s not clear yet whether the Romance.com.au website is being simulated elsewhere. According to Australian trade journal Books & Publishing the site features quizzes, prize giveaways and Buzzfeed-style Read More …