Storytel breaks new ground with commercial collaboration with Sweden’s Avanza to offer business audiobooks

Sweden’s banking and finance company Avanza has long offered financial advice via podcasts, so it was only natural that, when Storytel cast its eye over the Swedish audio landscape for untapped niches it should alight on the private finance sector. Storytel takes the next step in its commitment to business literature by launching a unique Read More …

Sophie Rochester’s The Literary Platform shutters after ten years. Moves on to life-style courses

Subscribers to book tech consultancy website The Literary Platform will have been surprised to receive an email today stating the site is being archived. Sophie Rochester explained, I’m starting off the New Year with a Kondo-esque digital spring clean and this means shutting down The Literary Platform after nearly 10 years! I’ll be concentrating all Read More …

African publishers pay the price for putting all their eggs in one basket

The Angolan government has recently announced it will be spending an extra $40 million in 2019 on textbooks for schools, provided free of charge to students. Textbooks for schools and colleges are of course the mainstay of publishers around the world, but what if the governments ordering these books decide to shift production in-house? Publishers Read More …

The Punjab gets 20 new digital libraries, but easy access to ebooks is still a distant dream in Pakistan

While Pakistan has had digital libraries for much of this century (the Higher Education Commission launched the National Digital Library programme  in 2004) ebooks remain rare in the country, with the Big 5 western ebook retailers indifferent and local players yet to emerge. The latest news from the Punjab that twenty e-libraries have been established Read More …

Augmented reality, educational games for science textbooks, and a Youtube channel. The Bangladesh book fair delivers more surprises

The month-long Amar Ekushey Boi Mela book festival in Dhaka is among many other things an opportunity for publishers to release new books, and every day the list of new titles has been mounting. But this past week three innovative new additions to the list came in the form of a Youtube video, a science Read More …

“Bulgarian readers are hungry for Chinese books”

The Sofia International Book Fair has just wound up, and among the key players was China’s Foreign Language Teaching & Research Press (FLTRP), attending the fair, which typically sees about 50,000 visitors, for the first time. Although it was China’s first Sofia Book Fair appearance, FLTRP has been working with Bulgaria’s Iztok-Zapad (East-West) publishing house Read More …

UK’s fastest growing bookseller partners with Kortext

The UK’s leading specialist and academic bookseller, Blackwell’s, has crowned a 30% increase in sales this year with a partnership with the global personal study platform and eTextbook provider Kortext. Kortext is acquiring Blackell’s e-learning business and together Kortext and Blackwell’s will deliver digital learning content solutions to Blackwell’s university and student customers across the Read More …