Italy’s Traduzione Libri becomes the latest casualty of Amazon’s CreateSpace shutdown. The hunt for a serious international POD operator is on

Ever since the first hints were dropped that CreateSpace was not long for this world and indie authors would be shunted into KDP Print there has been a question mark over publishing books in foreign languages. While Amazon may seem to be a global player, actually it is no such thing, and much of its Read More …

Ebooks sales up 21% in Mexico as print sales slump

With Mexico’s biggest book fair, FIL Guadalajara, well under way, news comes that ebook sales are up and print down. The revelation came at a press conference at which the National Chamber of the Mexican Publishing Industry, CANIEM, announced full 2017 figures and 2018 estimates for book production and sales. CANIEM President Carlos Anaya Rosique Read More …

30,000 expected at Russia’s Non-Fiction Book Fair, which starts today

The 20th edition of Russia’s Non-Fiction Book Fair kicks off today for a five day run in the Central House of Artists in the capital, Moscow. Italy is the guest of honour at the event, one of twenty participating countries this year. Those will be Belgium, Germany, Greece, Denmark, Hungary, Israel, India, Iceland, Spain, Italy, Read More …

Despite censorship controversy Kuwait International Book Fair attracted 300,000 visitors. MENA on target for 10-15 million visitors this Arab book fair season

The Kuwait News Agency report extolling the success of the 43rd Kuwait International Book Fair carefully avoided any reference to the censorship controversy that beleaguered the event. But it did mention that the Minister of Information and Minister of State for Youth Affairs Mohammad Al-Jabri  had held, a meeting with the organizers to go over Read More …

In the fight against Storytel, Denmark’s JP/Politikens Hus acquires Danish online bookshop Saxo.com

The acquisition, subject to regulatory authority approval, of Denmark’s largest online bookstore Saxo by minority stake-holder JP/Politikens Hus has repercussions beyond the Danish border. If the translation is accurate, Saxo’s Jørgen Balle Olesen said in a press release, I hand over the keys to JP / Politikens Hus with a mixture of pride and vodka. Fortunately, Read More …

2019 Sheikh Zayed Book Award longlist lines up 13 titles for the prestigious Arab literature prize

With contenders from Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Syria, Yemen and Norway, the 2019 Sheikh Zayed Book Award long list for the Literature category is announced, with ten novels, two poetry collections and a memoir forming the line-up. Here’s the longlist:   Novel: Esmy Fatima (My Name is Fatima) by Egyptian writer Amro Al Adly (2017) Read More …

Has the Kuwait book ban been overturned?

The just-ended Kuwait Book Fair attracted a lot of unwelcome international attention this year thanks to what were often wildly irrational censorship decisions resulting in 700 books banned in 2018 and over 4,000 books banned in the last few years. But has that censorship ban just been overturned by the judiciary? One report from Alqabas Read More …

Nigerian music and ebook aggregator Publiseer launches in South Africa

Given the company’s name, Publiseer, from the Afrikaans word for “publish”, there was a logical inevitability that Publiseer would at some stage launch in South Africa. It just happened. South Africa joins Ghana and Kenya and home country Nigeria as Publiseer, the music and ebooks aggregator, continues on its mission to be a pan-African distributor. Read More …

Countdown to the Doha International Book Fair in Qatar

427 publishing houses from thirty countries – that’s the Doha International Book Fair, which launches November 29 and runs through to December 8. With the Arab book fair season well under way, close to five million people having already attended MENA book events so far (over two million each at Sharjah and Algiers), and many Read More …

A look at the UK book wholesaler Gardners (via ALLi)

Amazon is also a major customer – and many of those books in the Amazon packaging are coming to you straight from Gardners. That will be news to many indie authors reading this, as will the news that Gardners handles ebooks.   Head over to ALLi for the tour.   At which point just to Read More …

New import duties on books hits Iraqi publishing sector. Some claim it’s censorship by taxation

Iraq has enjoyed relative publishing freedom in recent years, but there are signs that might be coming to an end. New import duties are pushing up the price of books to Iraqi consumers, but is this just an ill-advised taxation issue or an attempt to control what Iraqi’s can read? Writing for The Arab Weekly, Read More …

Is Storytel planning a Bulgaria launch in December?

Storytel generally keeps its planned launches secret until they happen (Mexico and the imminent launches in Brazil and Singapore the exceptions) and so far Jonas Tellander has made no comment on a pending Bulgaria launch, despite TNPS reporting on the likelihood back at the start of 2018. Storytel has 300,000 Swedish subscribers, a further 250,000 Read More …

Bookwire signs up to Amazon’s Kindle Enterprise Publishing (KEP – not to be confused with KDP Print) for POD

German ebook distributor Bookwire has for over a year now been offering POD distribution in Spanish Latin America via PodiPrint, and has now taken the step of introducing the service at home in Europe. Bookwire has contracted with Amazon’s Kindle Enterprise Publishing to offer Bookwire titles as paperbacks in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The deal Read More …

Amazon’s second u-turn of the month – unblocks Australian buyers from US store

It was less than two weeks ago Amazon had to back down on its decision to shut out numerous countries from subsidiary Abe Books in the face of protests from retailers and consumers impacted by the decision. Now Amazon has u-turned on is July decision to block Australian shoppers from the Amazon US site. Amazon suspended shipping Read More …

Storytel launches in 14th market – Mexico – with 2,400 Spanish titles accessible across Latin America

Storytel’s Mexico launch today comes with a surprise bonus. Full Latin America reach. When TNPS broke the news in the Anglophone industry media that Storytel was looking at the Latin America markets I noted Brazil, Argentina, Colombia and Mexico were frontrunners for Storytel’s LatAm expansion. Storytel’s Latin American ambitions. Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and Colombia for Read More …

India’s North East Book Fair sees heavy footfall but few buyers for local-language titles

The Northeast Book Fair, held under the aegis of the All Assam Publishers and Book Sellers Association, wound up its twelve day run yesterday. No final figures yet (I’ll update with any further news) but at the half-way point AAPBSA general secretary Dhiraj Goswami had said visitor numbers had exceeded 80,000 and sales worth Rs. Read More …

Mexico’s children’s book fair FILIJ tops half million as Latin American book fair attendance records fall like dominoes

547,759. That’s how many people attended FILIJ this year, up from 400,000 in 2017. The Feria Internacional del Libro Infantil y Juvenil (International Children’s and YA Book Fair) ran from November 9 through 19, averaging 49,800 visitors a day. Too soon for a full appraisal and sales numbers for FILIJ. I’ll update this post if Read More …

FILVEN sees record visitor attendance. 643,000 turn out for an 11-day book fair in Venezuela

Even as EU sanctions against the Venezuelan government were renewed for a further year the 14th Venezuela International Book Fair got underway this month, and whether thanks to indifference to the problems at home, or because the event provided a distraction from the problems at home, the 14th FILVEN (Feria Internacional del Libro de Venezuela) Read More …

The TNPS Week In Review

It’s been a quiet week at TNPS for various reasons, but here’s what was covered this past seven days.   Storytel confirms Brazil launch for 2019 as Mexico launch nears. Sharjah 2.23 million. Algiers 2.2 million. 4.4 million visitors to Arab book fairs in the past two weeks. The Arab Renaissance gathers momentum. The Arab Read More …