Big Bad Wolf announces first Thailand dates for 2019. Three million books to Bangkok

We don’t know for sure yet how many trips Big Bad Wolf will be making to Thailand this year, but we do know the dates for the Bangkok bonanza. At a press conference yesterday Big Bad Wolf announced it would be shipping 3 million books – mostly English – to Thailand for an eleven-day 24/7 Read More …

India’s Coimbatore Book Fair launches amid more nonsense about how social media and smartphones are killing the reading habit. It really is time publishers took the blinkers off

Summer is a quiet time in the Indian book fair scene, with the mega-events that attract millions of visitors tending to cluster around winter-spring, but there are some exceptions, and one is kicking off tomorrow, July 19. Organised by the Coimbatore District Small Industries Association (CODISSIA) and the Booksellers and Publishers Association of South India Read More …

Washington National Book Festival poster reveal

The Library of Congress National Book Festival 2019 has been revealed, and it’s a stunning feast of geometry around an open book. Marian Bantjes is a designer, illustrator, typographer and writer and this poster for the one-day festival on August 31 shows all those skills in action. The Library of Congress blog quotes Bantjes as saying, Read More …

Brazil’s Jaraguá do Sul Book Fair says it cannot guarantee the safety of guest speakers amid death-threats

Banned books at book fairs is nothing new, and we are mostly eager to condemn such practices, in the name of free speech and freedom to publish. But where do we stand when it comes to censoring guest speakers? Jaraguá do Sul, a city in the interior of Santa Catarina, Brazil, has announced the line-up Read More …

As Big Bad Wolf South Korea winds up, BBW is already live in the Philippines, and will be in Indonesia and Pakistan this month

Big Bad Wolf’s debut event wound up in South Korea yesterday. No news yet on how many turned out for the 24/7 eleven day sale of 2 million English-language books, but I’d be very surprised if we don’t see the Big Bad Wolf team organise a second South Korea event before this year is out. Read More …

Malta Book Festival programme will be delivered to every household in Malta and Gozo

Malta’s National Book Council has announced that the 2019 Malta Book Festival will take place 6-10 November at the Mediterranean Conference Centre in Valletta. With a population of just 430,000 it’s not a major logistical challenge but still a remarkable gesture of support for books and reading that the Festival programme will be published in Read More …

Can the 2019 Hong Kong Book Fair beat last year’s 1.04 million visitors (150,000 per day)?

If spending hasn’t quite kept pace with growing attendance, still the Hong Kong Book Fair is one to watch this year. The 2019 theme is Sci-Fi & Mystery and as usual there’s a mixture of speakers from Hong Kong, mainland China and around the world. Running July 17-23 the 30th Hong Kong Book Fair, organised Read More …

Somalia’s 3rd Kismayo Book Fair kicks off July 7. Sahra Ahmed Koshin among the guests

Very little information available (or at least that I can find) for the 3rd annual Kismayo Book Fair, which will run July 7-9 this year. The website is showing a dead-end, but both Facebook and twitter report the fair is about to kick off. Kismayo is a port and commercial capital of the autonomous Jubaland region Read More …

Peru’s 6th Cusco International Book Fair set for August launch with indigenous languages the theme

FIL Cusco has opened calls for participants in the 6th incarnation of its international book fair, to run August 29 through September 8. Bolivia will be guest of honour. In this UNESCO Year of Indigenous Languages the book fair will have indigenous languages as its theme and will give, special emphasis to the use, visibility Read More …

The art of the book fair – Guatemala

Regulars here will know I’m a sucker for book fair art, and never more so than when it involves a local theme and children, so I was delighted to see one particular piece of peripheral from Filgua 2019. That’s the 14th Guatemala International Book Fair (from the Spanish Feria Internacional del Libro en Guatemala) which Read More …

Big Bad Wolf to take 2 million English-language books to its tenth market – South Korea

No images for this one yet – the Big Bad Wolf site has yet to be updated with the details – but next month the world’s biggest book sale debuts in South Korea. The Korea Times tells us Big Bad Wolf will kick off its 24/7 eleven day book buying bonanza on July 5 through Read More …

220 Taiwanese publishers expected at Taiwan Strait Book Fair in PRC as the two Chinas work towards an integrated publishing sector

Set for September 20-22 this year the 15th Taiwan Strait Book Fair is being held in Xiamen, Fujian Province in mainland China, alternating each year between Taiwan and the People’s Republic. This year 120 exhibition booths have been set by for Taiwanese publishers, and a total of 220 publishers from Taiwan are expected to participate. Read More …

Madrid Book Fair set new records for sales and attendance. 2.3 million visitors spent $670,588 a day on books this year

Europe’s biggest book fair wound up earlier this month, and the numbers, actually announced a week ago, have just crossed my desk. 2.3 million people turned out to the Madrid Book Fair this year, spending some 10 million euros ($11.4 million) buying 550,000 books, an increase of 14% on 2018. From TNPS in 2018: Last Read More …

Thailand’s Chiang Mai Book Fair kicks off June 28 through July 7. Check out this fine example of indigenous book fair art

The Chiang Mai Book Fair, as the headline suggests, will be starting June 28 and running through to July 7. Not much information available as to its scale and scope, but I just had to include it here for its adorable artwork. Book fair art often loses sight of its indigenous culture when trying to Read More …

East meets West at the mouth-watering 2019 Macao International Book Fair in July

With a population of just 640,000 Macao is one of the smaller book markets in Asia, but with the benefit of two strong languages, Portuguese and Chinese, it presents interesting possibilities for publishers both at home and abroad. This year some 20 countries are participating at the Macao International Book Fair (July 4-7) and gourmets Read More …

Qatar’s Doha International Book Fair pushes 2019 event back to 2020

Launched in 1972 as a bi-annual event, the Doha International Book Fair went annual in 2002 and this year will be the first time since that a year has been skipped. Usually scheduled for the end of the year, the 30th incarnation of the event has been pushed back to 9-18 January 2020. The current Read More …

Big Bad Wolf takes millions of English-language books to Taiwan, Myanmar, Indonesia and Pakistan as publishers look the other way

Big Bad Wolf took 2 million English-language books to Taiwan this month for its second Big Bad Wolf Taipei event. Last year it drew a crowd of 165,000 during its eleven day 24/7 run. That’s a remarkable achievement given all the books were in English. It’s no one-off. Big Bad Wolf on June 10 closed Read More …

Submissions opened for the Sharjah International Book Fair Awards. Deadline September 1

With Sharjah the World Book Capital this year (check out this interview with Bodour Al Qasimi to find out how that came to be) the Sharjah International Book Fair promises to be even more of a extravaganza than usual. One of the highlights will be the Sharjah International Book Awards. The deadline for submissions is Read More …

StreetLib-TNPS launch “Publish Africa – the digital advantage”. Bi-weekly B2B insights into Africa’s publishing transition

StreetLib is the publisher behind The New Publishing Standard, and while TNPS is not a StreetLib promotional vehicle and we don’t routinely carry StreetLib news, StreetLib’s global expansion clearly falls within the TNPS global publishing industry news remit. As ever on such occasions, we re-print the StreetLib Press Release in full below without further TNPS commentary, Read More …

At IPA Seminar Nairobi StreetLib announces a publisher portal for every country in the world

StreetLib is the publisher behind The New Publishing Standard, and while TNPS is not a StreetLib promotional vehicle and we don’t routinely carry StreetLib news, StreetLib’s global expansion clearly falls within the TNPS global publishing industry news remit. As ever on such occasions, we re-print the StreetLib Press Release in full below without further TNPS commentary. Read More …