Setswana? Indonesian? Can you tell the difference? Nor can Microsoft

Oops! Twitter uses Microsoft for its translations. But Microsoft can’t tell the difference between Indonesian, widely spoken in Indonesia, SE Asia, and Sesotho, widely spoken in southern Africa, 6,000 miles away. Thankfully the Gaborone Book Festival in Botswana is also in English. That’s September 21-22. Follow the Gaborone Book Festival on twitter: @Gabsbookfest #GBF18 Follow Read More …

Ten global publishing stories not to be missed – 12 September collation

The global publishing market has never been more exciting, and every day myriad publishing stories cross my screen that I’d love to develop here at TNPS, but there simply isn’t time. They do make the TNPS twitter feed. Follow TNPS on twitter here: @thenewpubstd. But twitter is an ephemeral beast. Blink and you miss it. Still, Read More …

The Week In Review

Here’s a summary of TNPS posts from the past seven days. UK’s Bradford Lit Fest and USA’s Washington National Book Fest see record attendance Sharjah Publishing City sponsors Nigerian literature award Ireland: “A buoyant time for publishing.  One of today’s most vibrant book markets.” Sweden-based Arabic-language audiobook firm Kitab Sawti attracts new investment Peru exempts Read More …

Ghana International Book Fair mired by analogue pessimism when digital opportunities abound

As the build up to this year’s Ghana International Book Fair got underway last month is seemed optimism was the prevailing mood, with talk of how Accra might become a regional hub for Africa’s nascent publishing industry. The 2018 theme was “Revitalising the Book Chain for National and International Cooperation.” But reality took hold as Read More …

Sweden-based Arabic-language audiobook firm Kitab Sawti attracts new investment

We’re just a few weeks shy of the first anniversary of The New Publishing Standard, and if I had to identify one regret at how things have progressed this past eleven months it would be that I’ve not had the time to pursue and develop the many smaller and quirkier international publishing stories that have Read More …

Sharjah Publishing City sponsors Nigerian literature award

The third edition of Nigeria’s Channel Book Club Literature Prize is being sponsored by the UAE’s Sharjah Publishing City. The Sharjah Publishing City, part of the Sharjah Book Authority’s mandate to promote a global reading culture, aims to raise awareness of the SPC in Africa and to introduce African authors and publishers to the UAE, Read More …

The Week In Review

Here’s a summary of TNPS posts from the past seven days. Book reading down slightly in New Zealand. More than half read NZ authors Storytel Brazil 2019 launch whispers grows louder Spanish book market valued at minimum $2.7 billion. Paperback and ebook sales both rising Côte d’Ivoire: francophone Africa publishing insights Is Amazon preparing a Read More …

Oceanos Portuguese Language Literature Awards semi-finalists announced – from Brazil, Portugal, Mozambique and Cape Verde

The Oceanos 2018  Portuguese Language Literature Awards semi-finalists were announced this past week, but it’s not a full representation of the Portuguese-speaking world, with semi-finalist only from from Brazil, Portugal, Mozambique and Cape Verde. The Oceanos  finalists will be announced late October, but the semi-finalist line up. for the first time since the award launched in Read More …

Côte d’Ivoire: francophone Africa publishing insights

The Ivory Coast, or Côte d’Ivoire as it is known at home, has a population of 24 million but despite being a wealthy nation by African standards it is blighted by an illiteracy rate (56.2%) successive governments have failed to address. It doesn’t help that there are 70 languages in the country. A report by Read More …

The Week in Review

Here’s a summary of TNPS posts from the past seven days.   UK small publishers find new ways to survive as chain bookstores turn them away HarperCollins’ Harlequin launches romance book website in Australia The Mogadishu Book Fair: an oasis of tranquility in a troubled land Small presses and self-publishers left stranded by collapse of Read More …

Nigeria’s ebook aggregator Publiseer launches in Ghana, the first step in its Pan-Africa expansion

Publiseer may be small compared to western aggregators, but its mix-n-match ebooks and music approach has prove successful in Nigeria and to mark its first anniversary this month Publiseer has launched operations in Ghana In a statement marking the expansion, Publiseer co-founder (with brother Chika) Chidi Nwaogu, said, Ghana has an amazing music industry that Read More …

Cadaado Book Fair to debut in Somalia weeks after the Mogadishu Book Fair

Vie twitter. Yet another book fair launching in troubled Somalia. More on this as information becomes available. Via twitter. Yet another book fair launching in troubled Somalia. More on this as information becomes available. The event is one of several book fairs in Somalia this year, of which the Mogadishu Book Fair was the highest Read More …

Literature to be Ghana’s next cocoa, gold and oil, says Accra International Book Festival

With the 2018 Accra International Book Festival set for 6-9 September, coinciding with Ghana’s National Literacy Day on 8 September, aspirations are high. The festival’s theme this year is “Amplify,” the idea being to amplify the power of Ghanaian writers in society and beyond and to promote a culture of reading. Writes Brittle Paper, The Festival Read More …

Finalists announced for the Côte d’Ivoire African Literature Prize

The Akwaba Culture Association’s Prix Ivoire pour la Littérature africaine d’Expression is set to be awarded on November 10 in the Ivorian capital, Abidjan, and this past week the finalist have been announced. 49 books from 12 countries were chasing the prize, worth 2 million CFA (3,000 euros / $3,500), but just six made the Read More …

The Mogadishu Book Fair: an oasis of tranquility in a troubled land

From above, the city is knots of green punctured by blue, red and beige roofs rolling into a strip of bright white sand before falling into the sea. In August, the air in the city is cool and a crisp ocean breeze clears the humidity. What better setting for a book fair? Actually there are Read More …

Mogadishu Book Fair 15-17 August

Somalia’s 4th annual Mogadishu Book Fair will be happening August 15-17. Follow on twitter. Facebook. Website (not responding as I write this): Other Somali cities have managed to hold book fairs, including Hargeisa (last month), Kismayo and Garowe. Last year was the first time a handful of foreign guests were allowed to attend, because of Read More …

“The mystery of a million book lovers in the modern age.” The BBC shows worrying ignorance of the global book fair scene

In a modern world where, supposedly, no-one reads books anymore because we are all bingeing on Netflix, perhaps we should not be so surprised that the BBC, once the bastion of fact-checked reporting and reliable perspectives, doesn’t take as much notice of the global publishing industry as it might. But it is still disappointing that Read More …

Nigeria’s ebook and music aggregator Publiseer hits 1.5 million music downloads in its first year. Audiobooks and video next

It’s just under a year since Publiseer launched in Nigeria, a plucky start-up with the novel idea of combining ebooks and music on one platform. That came from the simple fact that the company was launched by twins, Chidi and Chika Nwaogu, one an author, one a musician. Publiseer went from launch to profitability in 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 …

Ten global publishing stories not to be missed. 11 July 2018 collation

The global publishing market has never been more exciting, and every day myriad publishing stories cross my screen that I’d love to develop here at TNPS, but there simply isn’t time. They do make the TNPS twitter feed. Follow TNPS on twitter here: @thenewpubstd. But twitter is an ephemeral beast. Blink and you miss it. Read More …