Denmark’s publishers perform u-turn on digital libraries as Storytel and co. show consumers want ebooks and audio

Denmark’s digital library service Ereolen has seen the number of ebook titles in its catalogue soar from 18,000 in September 2017 to 29,000 in September 2018. The 65% boost is due to Denmark’s biggest publishers embracing the option rather than lose ground to audiobook and ebook subscription services like Storytel. Denmark’s largest publisher, Gyldendal, returned Read More …

Big Bad Wolf Blows The House Down. 10 Million Books to Indonesia

Just when you think the world of books can’t get any crazier… We’ve seen Big Bad Wolf take millions of (mostly) English-language books to Sri Lanka this year (1.5 million), Taiwan (2 million), Philippines (twice – 2 million and 1 million)), Malaysia (3 times so far and at least one more to go – well Read More …

Amazon’s stock market fall reminds us why self-publishers take a big risk with exclusivity

Amazon’s own books are quietly taking over the site – or so runs a headline in Quartz, which tells us, Last year Amazon Publishing put out 1,552 books across its 15 imprints. It’s a telling point that Amazon’s imprints rarely make an impact in the print charts – even on Amazon – but do disproportionately Read More …

Ebook sales doubled in US in 2018 according to Data Guy’s nonsensical BookStat numbers

When Digital Book World announced Data Guy would be delivering the closing keynote speech, during which time he would dazzle us with yet more publishing industry numbers known to nobody else, and incidentally would reveal his true identity and answer his critics, there was a muted response. Data Guy’s true identity is neither here nor Read More …

Storytel to launch in Singapore in 2019

In marked contrast to Storytel’s usual approach of keeping quiet about new launches until everything is ready to go, Storytel’s Asia expansion plans are being announced well in advance. This week comes a Storytel press release confirming Storytel will be launching in Singapore in 2019, with titles in English and Chinese. This will come as no Read More …

B&N For Sale, Bowker’s Million Self-Publishers and Mark Lefebvre Joins Draft2Digital – The Hot Sheet Reviewed

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 (when possible) 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 Read More …

Amazon finally adds 5 Indian languages to KDP for ebook self-publishers. POD still not an option

It’s almost two years since Amazon allowed mainstream publishers to upload ebooks to the Kindle store in five Indian languages: Hindi, Tamil, Marathi, Gujarati, and Malayalam. Indie authors writing in those languages were put in the ridiculous position of having to upload to Amazon via a third party aggregator to get slice of the action. Read More …

Big Bad Wolf Kuala Lumpur 2018 announced as debut Big Bad Wolf Dubai kicks off

Big Bad Wolf launches its first foray outside South Asia today, with an eleven day 24/7 non-stop book sale in the United Arab Emirates, with 3 million books laid on for eager readers. The Dubai sale, held in partnership with the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation (MBRF), the National Media Council (NMC) and Read More …

Thailand Book Expo expecting “hundreds of thousands” of visitors in the land where nobody reads

The 23rd Thailand National Book Expo, in parallel with the Thailand Children’s Book Festival, is underway in Bangkok. The event began yesterday, Oct 17 and runs twelve days until Oct 28. Visitor numbers are expected to run into the “hundreds of thousands.” I’ll try get clarification of whether that means “just” 200k or up to Read More …

Chinese bot translates 300-page book from English to Chinese in 30 seconds with 95% accuracy

This is a post that will send shivers down the spines of translators everywhere. First the bad news (if you’re a translator – great news if you’re a publisher!). India’s YourStory reports that a 300-page book written in English by Indian author Srinivas Mahankali, totaling 100,000 words, was translated into Mandarin by automated software in Read More …