Bangladesh Amar Ekushey Boi Mela sells $9.6 million of books in 28 day event

The world’s longest duration book fair drew to a  close this week. The annual Amar Ekushey Boi Mela runs for the entire length of February, and this year broke records for book sales despite early controversy over payment methods allowed at the event. When I reported in early February that the Bangla Academy, the organiser Read More …

Using literature to connect countries and cultures – the Second South Asian Literature Conference ends

The second South Asian Literature Now conference in Dhaka ended Friday, after two days of discussion on South Asian poetry, language and translation. Lamenting that, Various parts of South Asia are still isolated and people know little about their literary works, Prof Emeritus Rafiqul Islam of the Bangladesh University of Liberal Arts opened the ceremony 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 …

World’s biggest book sale heading to Bangladesh, Dubai, Korea and Taiwan this year

As reported here at TNPS last week, the world’s biggest book sale, the Big Bad Wolf, debuted in the Philippines, marking the start of a ten country tour. Shopping at Barnes & Noble was never like this. Bring comfy clothes, a suitcase, a friend and lots of stamina for the world’s biggest book sale As Read More …

Dhaka Book Fair organisers in High Court over Bkash monopoly

The world’s longest duration book fair, the month-long Amar Ekushey Boi Mela, is mired in legal controversy this week, following a High Court ruling. As reported here earlier this month – Mobile payments net booklovers extra discount at Amar Ekushey Boi Mela, paving the way for future ebook stores the Bangla Academy, the body behind Read More …

Arab Renaissance 4: Saudi Arabia’s first Arts Book Fair is underway as Casablanca IBF opens and Cairo IBF closes. Publishers look the other way

Reading the Anglophone publishing industry blogs one might think there are only a handful of literary events going on around the world. While Taiwan’s Taipei fair has received significant coverage, you’d struggle to find news and perspectives on the Havana Book Fair in Cuba, still running, or the Amar Ekushey Boi Mela in Bangladesh, or Read More …

Mobile payments net booklovers extra discount at Amar Ekushey Boi Mela, paving the way for future ebook stores

One of the biggest challenges to the digital transition in the so-called Third World is payments. In countries where cash is king, even though smartphones are everywhere, paying for any sort of e-commerce is difficult if you don’t have a bank account and plastic card. Mobile payment solutions as we know them in the west Read More …

Cairo International  Book Fair – 2.5 million visitors and only half-way through?

Unconfirmed reports suggest the Cairo International Book Fair is set to break world book fair visitor attendance records, with 2.5 million visitors so far, and still several days to run. If confirmed then this already puts Cairo ahead of rivals Sharjah (UAE), which recorded 2.38 million visitors last year, and Kolkata (India), traditionally the biggest Read More …

Bangladesh PM delivers stunning opening ceremony speech at the Amar Ekushy Boi Mela

The Bangladesh Prime Minister delivered a stunning address to launch the Ekushy Boi Mela book fair yesterday. I’ve already covered the Ekushey Boi Mela fair, the longest duration book fair in the world, here at TNPS yesterday, so I’m going to limit this post to selected excerpts from the Prime Minister’s speech, in her own Read More …

 The “ever-growing demand for new titles and publications” in Saudi Arabia

This week two of the world’s biggest book fairs and the world’s longest book fair are happening simultaneously. The Kolkata International Book Fair in India and the Cairo International Book Fair in Egypt are the two of the biggest, while the Ekushey Boi Mela in Bangladesh is “the biggest gathering of Bangladesh citizens anywhere in Read More …

The world’s longest book fair starts today – in Bangladesh

Bangladesh may not be the first place one thinks of when the topic of books comes up in polite conversation, but that’s where the world’s longest book fair is being held, and it’s being acclaimed as. the largest congregation of (Bangladesh) citizens in a single space. The annual Amar Ekushey Boi Mela is an event Read More …

StreetLib launches in India

The Italy-based aggregator StreetLib announces today that it is launching in India, with a partnership with India’s PubGen. The news comes hard on the heels of StreetLib’s new focus on the Ibero-America market, and less than two years after StreetLib opened offices in the USA. In today’s press release StreetLib describes the move as, a Read More …

A PS4 tournament and virtual reality cricket. The Dhaka Comic Con kicks off in Bangladesh

As a kid back in nineteen bow and arrow I spent much of my childhood reading comics, dreaming about writing comics and, in my early teens, writing to fellow comic-lovers around the world. And I do mean around the world. We only had snail-mail back then (a time when owning a pocket calculator was the Read More …

India’s Chennai Book Fair sets new record for visitors, sales and revenue

The 2018 book fair year is off to a great start in India, not withstanding early indications of a slight fall in visitor numbers at the New Delhi World Book Fair. I’m still awaiting confirmation on that, but meanwhile the numbers are in for the Chennai (Madras) Book Fair and it’s an impressive showing. A Read More …

Ten global publishing stories not to be missed – 11 January 2018 edition

The global publishing market has never been more exciting. Every day myriad publishing stories cross my screen that I’d love to develop here at TNPS, but there simply isn’t time. I also have a rule that I don’t repeat a story published elsewhere unless I can offer some additional information or perspective that hasn’t been Read More …

Five days into the New Year and the int. book fair calendar is already heaving

If it’s January 5 (insert any day of the year) there must be a book event happening somewhere on the Indian sub-continent. Today in fact is the National Poetry Festival day at the New Town Book Fair in Kolkata. The New Town Book Fair runs January 4-14. But the New Town event, now in its Read More …