The New Publishing Standard is an e-magazine that helps readers stay informed on all the latest book publishing news and events from around the world.
Its aim is to provide an unbiased, detailed account of the industry’s newest developments and trends in a way that both insiders and outsiders can understand. From the emerging book markets of sub-Saharan Africa to the mighty publishing powerhouses of the USA and Europe, The New Publishing Standard will help you stay up to date on the biggest happenings and trends in international book publishing.
Launched in September 2017, the magazine is edited by the internationalist author and journalist Mark Williams, and published by the Italy-based global digital content aggregator StreetLib.
The New Publishing Standard is not a promotional vehicle for StreetLib, but rather a promotional vehicle for the global book markets for the benefits of authors and publishers across the globe in all formats.
Mark Williams (Editor-in-Chief):
As we launch The New Publishing Standard, just before the tenth anniversary of the Amazon US Kindle store, the publishing world has already evolved in ways few could have imagined back in the tail end of 2007, when ebooks were a geek novelty and self-publishing the equivalent of vanity publishing.
Fast forward ten years and in the US and UK ebooks are not only standard fare for readers but even outselling print in some key genres by unit sale numbers.
But of course the publishing world is not just the US and UK, and the evolution of publishing in other countries around the globe is not necessarily following the US / UK pattern. Other countries and regions are finding their own way, and this is at the heart of The New Publishing Standard‘s agenda: That we are living through what I, in my own ramblings in other venues, call a Global New Renaissance.
By choice I live and work in one of the poorest countries on the planet, yet even here, where most people have no electric or running water, the impact of digital on publishing and on the wider “infotainment” industry is being felt.
In stark contrast to 2007, when analogue publishing and analogue infotainment prevailed, today there are very few places in the world where publishers cannot reach consumers, engage with consumers, and yes, make money, if they are willing to go the extra mile.
Which means that, even as a question mark hangs over the future of the US and UK publishing industries, where Amazon plays a pivotal role in both digital and print sales, elsewhere it is a very different story.
Wherever we may be, publishing does not happen in isolation, either territorially (most of the so-called US Big 5 are neither American nor British owned) or in terms of content creation, supply and delivery.
The New Publishing Standard‘s agenda is to look at the publishing industry globally and holistically and to fully explore the Global New Renaissance we are all witnesses to and participants in.
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