StreetLib partners with Singapore-based STARY’s Dreame and FicFun mobile reading apps

Italy-based digital books distributor and publishing facilitator StreetLib has partnered Singapore’s STARY to deliver content to its mobile reading apps Dreame and FicFun with strong followings in the US, UK, Australia, Canada, the Philippines, Malaysia, Pakistan, Nigeria and South Africa. Full disclosure: The New Publishing Standard (TNPS) is published by StreetLib to further the debate about Read More …

African Publishing – The $5 Billion Digital Opportunity as Nigeria becomes 7th largest country by online population

At the IPA Africa Seminar in Lagos in 2018 it was reported that the African book market was worth $1 billion. Not a staggering amount, but enough to raise eyebrows among many in the global publishing industry who believed Africa was a publishing backwater not worthy of their attention. This June comes the second IPA Read More …

StreetLib completes January tranche of global expansion. 21 countries on 6 continents

When StreetLib launched The New Publishing Standard in September 2017 we made clear the function of the journal was to stimulate debate about the much-neglected global book markets. It was not a StreetLib promotional tool, and not a vehicle to advocate digital at the expense of traditional formats. But occasionally StreetLib becomes part of the 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 …

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 …

Small presses and self-publishers left stranded by collapse of Australian distributor

The collapse of Melbourne-based book distributor Dennis Jones & Associates attracted little attention beyond the Australian industry journals last week, but as the casualties become clear the story has made the Sydney Morning Herald and it’s not a pretty picture. Says the Herald, Dennis Jones & Associates has been the go-between for small publishers and Read More …

HarperCollins’ Harlequin launches romance book website in Australia

Australia’s trade e-journal Books & Publishing is reporting Harlequin, owned by HarperCollins, has launched a book andn ebook website with 23,000 titles from the various Harlequin imprints. It’s not clear yet whether the Romance.com.au website is being simulated elsewhere. According to Australian trade journal Books & Publishing the site features quizzes, prize giveaways and Buzzfeed-style Read More …

Australia’s online retailer Booktopia expands its distribution service

Long the biggest online book retailer in Australia (Amazon has yet to release any figures since its December 2017 launch to suggest otherwise), Booktopia this week announced it will be the exclusive Australian distributor for Germany-based Thieme Medical Publishers. Thieme is the latest recruit to Booktopia Publisher Services (BPS), set up, explains the Australian industry Read More …