Scribd defies its critics. Hits 1 million subscribers

It all seemed so improbable just a few years ago, when many believed Scribd would follow Oyster into oblivion as Amazon moved into the ebook subscription game. And then of course there’s all that nonsense about how people are reading less nowadays and how the digital reading fad has faded and how… By the logic Read More …

Cairo International Book Fair beats USA’s biggest book fair visitor numbers in first two days

Last year the Washington National Book Festival clocked a record 200,000 visitors. The Cairo International Book fair has just beaten that in its first two days, averaging 108,500 visitors a day, despite cold weather and a venue that, because of renovations at the usual location, is challenging some would-be attendees. UK’s Bradford Lit Fest and Read More …

At Zee Jaipur Lit Fest French Ambassador awards Romain Rolland Prize for translation from French to Indian local languages

In our Anglophone-centric  publishing world it’s easy to lose sight of the bigger picture of the Global New Renaissance unfolding, and to build a faux impression that the world of translations is all about translating English to other languages and other languages to English. But important as English is on the global publishing stage, it Read More …

Bangladesh’s month-long national book fair “to be bigger than ever” this year. Publishers promote on social media while ebook retailers look the other way

When one thinks of the worlds biggest book fairs its unlikely Bangladesh is on the list of prime candidates, but in fact the annual Amar Ekushey Boi Mela in Dhaka is well up there in the running, not least for its duration. The boi mela lasts the entire month of February. The annual book festival Read More …

Turkey-based Armenian publisher Aras Publishing takes Publishing House of the Year award

Turkey’s Aras Publishing this week received the coveted Publishing House of the Year Award from Dünya Books Magazine for its role as a window to Armenian literature. Explains Massispost, Aras Publishing was established in 1993 in Istanbul. It adopted a publishing policy which made it called “the window to Armenian literature” soon. With its books Read More …

More than 4.5 million expected at the Cairo International Book Fair Golden Jubilee

Taking place for the first time in the Fifth Settlement, the just launched 50th Cairo International Book Fair is hoping to set a new world record for visitor numbers, with extra days added to the usually 12-day event. According to Egypt Today, Haitham al-Haj, chairman of the General Egyptian Book Organization. expects the extra days to Read More …

Boktugg’s essential list of 2019 Scandinavian book fairs

Regulars here at TNPS will know the value we attach to the global book fair scene, and that contrary to the impression given by many western publishing industry platforms, there are significant book fairs, book festivals and other literary events happening pretty much every day of the year somewhere around the world. I’m asked time Read More …

FIL Guadalajara opens submissions for the annual Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Literature Prize for women writing in Spanish

The US $10,000 Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Prize for Literature will be awarded in Mexico on 4 December this year, and authors and publishers have until April 30 to get their submissions in. The award, launched in 1993 and funded by the Universidad del Claustro de Sor Juana, is for books originally published Read More …

Big Bad Wolf debuts in Myanmar, announces first of year’s Philippines and Malaysia dates. For 10th anniversary BBW will ship 60 million books to 30 cities in 14 countries

The world’s biggest book fair is happening right now in Yangon, the former capital of Myanmar. In the standard Big Bad Wolf international format, Andrew Yap and Jacqueline Ng have taken 2 million new English-language books to Myanmar, where a crowd of 500,000 is expected. Yes, read that twice. 2 million new English-language books have Read More …

Romania’s biggest online bookstore sold 1.5 million books in 2018

With a population close to 20 million Romania is by no means one of Europe’s smallest book markets, but often is overlooked by publishers outside the country looking to maximise reach and revenues. Yet Romania has a vibrant online book sector, with Libris leading the online print stores and Elefant the dominant ebook player in Read More …

Joyce Carol Oates To Get Jerusalem Prize at Israel’s Mishkenot Sha’ananim International Writers Festival

The Jerusalem International Book Forum (formerly the Jerusalem International Book Fair) will run 12-15 May this year, and for the first time will run concurrent with the International Writers Festival of Mishkenot Sha’ananim. Founded in 1963, the then Jerusalem International Book Fair has long been the Israeli publishing industry’s public face, and the forum where the Read More …

Kindle’s Islamabad Children Literature Festival concludes in Pakistan, but no, it was nothing to do with Amazon

When we in the west hear the word kindle we immediately think of ebooks and reading.  After ten years in which Kindle has become as synonymous with e-readers as Hoover has with vacuum cleaners that’s a natural association. So when someone tipped me off that Amazon was involved in a children’s book fair in Pakistan, Read More …

Latin America’s largest cultural event is a book fair. In Cuba

Excitement is building for the 28th Havana International Book Fair in Cuba, which kicks off 7 February through until 17 February, and will then move to the provinces until winding up on April 14, in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba. Improbable as it may sound the Cuban book fair is not just the Read More …

Comics and graphic novel sales up 6.3% in French independent bookstores, accounting for 12% of revenue

Adult graphic novels, youth comics, comics for kids, manga… It seems the French couldn’t get enough of the stuff in 2018, doubling sales from independent bookstores. By comparison the other sectors rose just 0.6%. The numbers come from a report by the L’Observatoire de la Librairie commissioned to mark the launch of the Festival International Read More …

Lessons for book publishers as Jewish-American journal Forward abandons print editions to go digital only

The Jewish-American journal Forward has just announced that it will print its last edition this spring. Publisher Rachel Fishman Feddersen said in a statement that the print editions are, no longer financially sustainable. The Lebanon Express, reporting the story, explained that, Forward, founded in 1897 as a Yiddish-language daily newspaper serving the American Jewish community, Read More …

India’s New Delhi World Book Fair disappointed with only 900,000 visitors

It was never going to be a record-breaking year for the 27th New Delhi World Book Fair. Like the imminent Cairo International Book Fair this year, the New Delhi venue is undergoing substantive renovation. But while In Egypt they simply moved the event to another venue, in India they chose to hold the fair around Read More …

Amazon’s Audible says self-published ebooks and paperbacks are not evidence that an author has been published

With the announcement in December that Amazon-owned Audible was sponsoring the prestigious Sunday Times Short Story Award came the prospect that the winners would not just earn some extra cash but would have their entries published as an audiobook that would reach a still wider audience. Which all sounds great. The Sunday Times Short Story Read More …

Amazon Prime Video launches on UAE’s du while global ebook ambitions remain on the shelf

We’re now well into our fifth year without a new Kindle store being launched – the last was the Netherlands in November 2014 – and there seems little prospect of any new Kindle store launches in the foreseeable future. Meanwhile Amazon Prime Video is available pretty much everywhere in the world, and this week comes Read More …

Looking Ahead: The Manila International Book Fair September 2019

I frequently hear from TNPS readers that they wish they’d known about a particular book fair, festival or other literary event and its background in advance so they could have attended, or organised something on social media to mark the occasion. So this will be the first of an occasional series looking at events well Read More …

India’s Chennai Book Fair a “huge success”, with over 800,000 visitors at halfway mark and another 1 million expected before close

The Chennai Book Fair set a new record of 1.2 million visitors last year and now looks set to just miss its ambitious 2 million target for 2019. India’s Chennai Book Fair sets the pace for 2019, extends duration and aims for 2 million visitors in January On Monday alone, reports New Indian Express, 60,000 Read More …