While publishers limit their reach with archaic C20 territorial rights, Big Bad Wolf shows us the global demand for English-language books

With a population of 20 million Sri Lanka is bigger by population than all but eight countries in Europe. That alone ought to put Sri Lanka on the radar of publishers as a lucrative market. Its 16.6 million Sinhala speakers is close to the population of the Netherlands. Its 4.7 million Tamil speakers give it Read More …

Books on wheels in Kabul – Afghanistan’s first mobile library is a small solution to a big problem

Few of us in the west can imagine the struggles faced every day in the Afghan capital, Kabul, where every time you or your children step out in public, even to somewhere as innocuous as a public library, might be the last thing you do. With the Taliban and Islamic State treating little children as Read More …

Children’s books are booming in the Arab world as Arab authors reflect changing societies

The Arabic Childrenʹs Literature Festival was held last month in Munich, reports Qantara, where at the city’s Gasteig cultural centre the International Youth Library presented a catalogue of Arabic-language children’s books for German readers. Qantara, noting that, Arabic childrenʹs books have been all but invisible in Germany (with) almost no translations into German and very Read More …

Publishing News Round-Up 3 May 2018

It would be impossible to try cover even a fraction of the publishing news that lands on my e-desk each day, but there’s so much happening in our industry that passes unnoticed. So here’s a selection of some of the past two days’ best publishing stories, taken from the TNPS twitter feed (@thenewpubstd). Apologies if Read More …

Publishing News Round-Up 1 May 2018

It would be impossible to try cover even a fraction of the publishing news that lands on my e-desk each day, but there’s so much happening in our industry that passes unnoticed. So here’s a selection of some of today’s best publishing stories. Apologies if some are behind pay-walls. Amazon Launches Kids’ (Hardcover) Subscription Service. Read More …

Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival “Carnival of Knowledge” just misses a quarter million visitors

With the theme “Your Future … Just a Book Away” the just-ended tenth Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival in the United Arab Emirates drew 247,000 visitors, of which 52,000 were children. While the 2018 event fell short of last year’s record 306,000 visitors it was still an impressive turnout, and all the more so given the Read More …

Kazakhstan, Colombia, Argentina, Malaysia, Dominican Republic, South Africa, UAE, Guinea Conakry and many more… Millions of book lovers are descending on global book fairs this week. And that’s nothing unusual

In Argentina today the Buenos Aries International Book Fair kicks off. It runs from April 26 through May 14, and 1.2 million visitors are expected. At the other end of the scale, a smaller but no less significant book event is underway in South Africa. The Rutanang Book Festival runs April 26-28. Although it started back Read More …

World Book Day snapshot: Borneo and Ghana

 It’s a truth universally acknowledged that the global book market is the USA, the UK, a handful of other Anglophone and west European countries, and , well, that’s it. Or so it seems sometimes. But in this week of World Book Day TNPS, not one to shy away from shining a spotlight on the invisible Read More …

Middle East publishing snapshot. As millions descend on Arab book fairs, Arab publishing ups its game

Last month the second Saudi Arabia Comic Con took place. Numbers are just in and 25,000 people turned up for the event in Riyadh. This past week Saudi cinema re-opened after 35 years, and the first film shown was Marvel’s Black Panther. While In Dubai the Middle East Film and Comic Con attracted 60,000 visitors, Read More …

While all eyes are on the London Book Fair this week, in the thirty days either side of the LBF over 13 million people are visiting book fairs around the globe

The London Book Fair is underway, and there’s no question it’s one of the most important trade book fairs of the year. But these big trade events (the London Book Fair, the New York Book Expo, the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, the Frankfurt Book Fair, etc,) are just that – trade-focussed events where public access Read More …

The 2nd Saudi Arabia Comic Con. Marvel’s Black Panther to open the newly legalized Saudi cinema. Kalimat sets up a comics imprint. The Arab Renaissance embraces comics

The Middle East Film and Comic Con (MEFCC) is underway in Dubai, and the Arabic-language  children’s publishing house Kalimat is set to release the first of its graphic titles, Antara, part of  series first unveiled at the Sharjah IBF 2017 and again at the Paris book fair earlier this year. Among the star attractions at Read More …

Kenya’s eKitabu and USA’s SIL LEAD win the Book Boost: Access To All Challenge

Improving literacy is a challenge in even the richest and most stable monolingual countries. For less-developed countries where multiple languages are the norm the challenges are that much more difficult, even in otherwise stable societies. The provision of books is of course a key part of any programme to improving literacy, but print books are Read More …

4.5 million English-language books are pulling in 750,000 booklovers in… Indonesia

There are any number of contenders for the claim to be the most unlikely book event ever. But a front runner for the crown must be the Indonesia Big Bad Wolf event this year. Indonesia’s biggest book sale is underway right now in Jakarta, and as ever its 24-hour non-stop book-buying. Last year 40,000 a day Read More …

Ten global publishing stories not to be missed. 2 April 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. But if you’re reading TNPS in the first place you probably share my obsession with all things international publishing, and would no doubt enjoy Read More …

Nordic Council Children’s and YA Literature nominations announced at Bolgna

At the International Children’s Book Fair in Bologna this week the 12 nominations for the Nordic Council’s Children’s & Young People’s Literature Prize were announced. The winner will pocket DKK 350,000 ($58,000) on October 30th at a special ceremony at the Oslo Opera House. The Nordic Council awards a total of five prizes each year Read More …

Mobile libraries are on the streets of Cairo to coincide with the Cairo International Book Fair

Minister of Culture Enas Abdel Dayem “launched and re-activated” the Mobile Libraries scheme at the start of the month, initially starting in the Al-Asmarat neighbourhood in Cairo’s Moqattam. Tomorrow (February 8) it will move to Mansheyat Nasser, returning to Al-Asmarat during the winter holidays. The Mobile Libraries project, which includes shows, art exhibitions, and workshops Read More …

Russian kids top reading poll as children’s books grow 12%. Ebooks soar 41%. Audiobook growth 72% for some

A new study shows Russia’s younger school students pipped their counterparts in Singapore and Hong Kong to take number one slot in reading skills, thanks to “new educational standards for primary school, as well as a positive parental example and the spread of electronic gadgets,” reports Kommersant. Another factor may be the growth in children’s Read More …

Pictures on pillows – Indonesia’s storytelling festival

Festival Cerita Jakarta (the Jakarta Storytelling Festival) had its debut event at the National Library of Indonesia in December, and the Jakarta Post reports it was a great success. Organised by the children’s literacy group Rumah Cerita (House of Stories), the two-day festival included such fun events as pillow painting. From the JakPost (as it Read More …

Pre-teen kids create children’s library in Kolkata

  As we say goodbye to 2017, a heartwarming story from Kolkata, India, home of the world’s biggest book fair and home of some of India’s worst slums. The Times of India reports a new children’s library has just opened in Kolkata, created for children, by children. Siblings Manadwi and Suhasini Dugar, respectively 12 and Read More …

The world’s youngest bi-lingual published author

It was only last week we reported on the world’s youngest published author (Guinness Book of Records certified), a four year old in the Seychelles. This week we report on the world’s youngest published author (Guinness Book of Records certified) to write a bi-lingual book – in Singapore. Singapore’s The Straits Times tells us of Read More …