Big Bad Wolf returns to Dubai in October, with 3 million books

Very few details available right now, but with one month to go it’s now official that Big Bad Wolf, the Malaysia-based flash-book-sale operation that takes literally millions of English-language books to countries that routinely do not speak English, is back in the UAE in October for its second run. As with the debut event in Read More …

Culture Minister leads call to embrace the digital opportunity at the Ghana International Book Fair

The 17th Ghana International Book Fair (GIBF) has not long wound up, and by all accounts it was a vibrant and rewarding event, not withstanding a dark cloud emerging over publishers holding unwanted school textbooks. With the theme “Reaching the World Market through Effective Book Distribution Networks” it was inevitable the question of the digital Read More …

“Publish Africa – the digital advantage” # 6 is now available

The joint StreetLib-TNPS bi-weekly B2B newsletter Publish Africa – the digital advantage released its sixth edition today. Publish Africa is a bi-weekly review of the Pan-African publishing scene across all formats, but with an unashamed tilt towards the digital opportunity unfolding. If you’re not a subscriber you can find the latest edition here. To subscribe, Read More …

Amid newly found stability and hope in the Brazilian book market, the Rio Biennial expects 600,000 visitors to buy 5.5 million books in 10 days

August has seen yet another stable month for book sales in Brazil, despite the on-going bankruptcy crises of two of the biggest bookstore chains, Saraiva and Cultura. PublishNews reports the latest monthly figures from Nielsen and the National Book Publishers Union as showing a steady if painful shift to stability. From July 15 to August Read More …

Big Bad Wolf returns to Sri Lanka in October with 1.5 million books

Details are sparse at this point, but Big Bad Wolf will be returning to Sri Lanka for its third year, taking 1.5 million English-language books to Colombo. Already this year Big Bad Wolf has put on over 20 of its massive book sales, selling million of books to millions of eager visitors. 25 million books Read More …

StreetLib-TNPS deliver an online presentation on Ghana’s digital publishing opportunity to mark the Ghana International Book Fair

The Ghana International Book Fair is underway in Accra, and to mark the event, TNPS and parent company StreetLib have produced an updated version of our March presentation on the African digital opportunity, geared to the Ghana publishing industry. TNPS is not a promotional vehicle for StreetLib services, but occasionally StreetLib news and joint StreetLib-TNPS Read More …

India’s Madurai Book Fair expects 300,000 visitors to buy 1.5 million books. Just another quiet India book fair…

The 14th annual Madurai Book fair is underway in India, running through until September 9. Organised by the Booksellers and Publishers Association of South India (BAPSI) this year’s fair has over 250 stalls, of which 149 are devoted to Tamil books and 67 to English titles, with seven multimedia stalls. The Times of India reports that Read More …

Publish MENA – the digital advantage #3 is now available

The joint StreetLib-TNPS bi-weekly newsletter Publish MENA – the digital advantage released its third issue today.  Publish MENA is a bi-weekly review of the Middle East North Africa Arab publishing scene across all formats, but with an unashamed tilt towards the digital opportunity unfolding.

320,000 visitors. 6,000 copyright agreements. 5G author holograms. Beijing’s 26th Int. Book Fair hailed a success and a gateway to Asia

The fun is over and the reckoning begins. The 26th Beijing International Book Fair was by all accounts a tremendous success, not withstanding the shadows of Hong Kong and the US-China trade war. It’s unclear what, if any, impact the situation in Hong Kong had on the Beijing IBF, but we can safely say the Read More …

Celebrating English and Portuguese literature, the first Macondo Literary Festival is set for September in Kenya

Named after the fictional town in Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude, “a place where magical things happen,” the Macondo Literary Festival will debut in Nairobi from 27 to 29 September 2019. The event seeks to, promote literature and authors of and from Africa beyond linguistic borders, to initiate and encourage the engagement of a Read More …

Storytel to launch in Colombia September 1 as Storytel’s Latin America strategy takes shape

It may be run from Mexico, but in a few days time Storytel will formally launch in Colombia, its second Latin America market, and one of three now planned for this year. It was back in May 2018, some fifteen months ago, that TNPS broke the news of Jonas Tellander’s Latin America ambitions. Back then Read More …

Start The Day Global with a Muslim superhero; Trinidad & Tobago’s Carifesta;  The Philippines Comic Con; and Barnes & Noble’s reputation

Marvel has confirmed a Muslim superhero named Ms Marvel – Pakistani-American teenager Kamala Khan – will star in a live-action series on Disney+. Very few details available right now, and one can only wonder if this is more about political correctness and the need to appear “inclusive”, rather than a genuine realisation the world needs Read More …

South African Book Fair makes reading fun. Other book fairs might want to take notes

The 2019 South African Book Fair is looming, and while some book fairs seem like they try to be as boring as possible, South Africa takes things a little less seriously, and, in the words of the Sunday Times, puts the fun back into reading, with an event that is, jam-packed with activities that combine fun with a Read More …

Chile’s 30th International Children’s and YA Book Fair prepares for kick off

If it’s August it must be time for Chile’s FILIJ – from the Spanish Feria del Libro Infantil y Juvenil – and this 30th edition promises to be the best ever. Running August 21 through September 1, the event will be, oriented to science, new technologies, games of role, migration, gender and inclusion; topics that will Read More …

The UAE’s Manassah platform delivering results for Emirati publishers at the six month mark

Back in early February I reported here on the January launch of the “Manassah” platform – an initiative by the Emirati Publishers Association (EPA) to get Emirati titles in front of a regional and wider audience. Six months on and we have some news about progress made. The Sharjah City Guide blog reports, …The platform Read More …

Beijing International Book Fair fields 2,600 exhibitors from 95 countries this month as the centre of publishing industry gravity shifts inexorably east

The 2019 Beijing International Book Fair is looming, and it promises to be the most significant yet as, against a background of a US-China trade war, some 2,600 exhibitors from 95 nations and regions showcase their wares in a country not so long ago considered a pariah state in the publishing world. This year Romania Read More …

StreetLib-TNPS launches new B2B MENA publishing newsletter ahead of the IPA Regional Seminar in Amman

Originally planned to go live to mark the occasion of the Sharjah International Book Fair later this year, we decided to bring forward the launch of our B2B newsletter for the Middle East North Africa book market after Hugo Setzer, IPA President, announced the IPA Middle East Regional Seminar, to be held in Amman, Jordan, Read More …

25 million books sold to 3 million visitors across 25 cities, and it’s only August. Big Bad Wolf shows us the global demand for affordable English-language books

One would think a country like Indonesia, not noted for its reading reputation, might soon get tired of a Malaysian company turning up with millions (literally) of English-language books in eleven-day 24/7 flash sales. But if there is a limit, Big Bad Wolf has yet to reach it. Not content with taking 5.5 million books Read More …

With a week to go, the Nepal International Book Fair is cancelled due to tax hike on imported books

It was to have been the 23rd Nepal International Book Fair, running August 14 to 30. Now it won’t run at all. Amid protests at a government levy of 10% on imported books, supposedly to protect the domestic publishing industry and encourage reading, publishing houses and booksellers have been unable to affordably buy enough books Read More …

IPA announces first ever Middle East Publishing Seminar for September, with a strong focus on digital

“Read. Empower. Transform: The role of reading for the future of the Arab world” is the title of a newly announced two-day IPA (International Publishers Association) Regional Seminar that will be taking place in the Jordanian capital Amman Sept 30-Oct 1. Organised in conjunction with the Union of Jordanian Publishers the event, described as “the Read More …