In a bizarre twist in the Storytel-Bonnier dispute, both companies say they are winners and are earning more without the other

It’s so counterintuitive it needs to be read twice, but in the battle between Sweden’s biggest streaming service, Storytel, and Sweden’s biggest publisher Bonnier, which also happens to own Sweden’s second biggest streaming outfit, Bookbeat, it seems both companies are making more money by having less content available. But is that the full story, is Read More …

Storytel to gift its VAT bonus to publishers, quelling disquiet about royalties under the new pay per minute system

When Jonas Tellander announced Storytel’s plan to moved from a fixed rate payout for publishers to a per-minute-consumed model there was understandable disquiet from publishers, many of whom believed the new model would see their revenue streams cut. And of course some did. Under the old model a one-hour podcast would earn as much for Read More …

StreetLib completes Pan-African digital footprint. Launches a publisher portal for every nation in Africa. 800m Africans online by 2025

Italy-based digital books distributor and publishing facilitator StreetLib has completed the third stage of its global roll-out, and now offers an author and publisher portal for every nation in Africa. The New Publishing Standard (TNPS) is published by StreetLib to further the debate about the global book markets. TNPS is not a StreetLib promotion tool. Read More …

Digital serial books subscription service Serial Box raises $4.5 million. Partners with Marvel. But still we’ll be told people are reading less

Founded in 2015 by former Penguin Random House global digital director Molly Barton and co-founder Julian Yap, Serial Box is just one more example in a never ending list of digital operators that are stealing readers from mainstream bookstores and online stores, creating the fallacy that people are reading less. Serial Box is a clever play on Read More …

Rakuten OverDrive adds Marvel Comics to Marketplace

Just weeks before Avengers: Endgame hits the big screen, and with the Oscars success of Black Panther and Into the Spider-Verse fresh in the public mind, Rakuten’s digital library distributor OverDrive has added Marvel Comics to its Marketplace, meaning any of the available titles can be made available to any partner library and can be read on the Libby app. Read More …

India’s Kolkata International Book Fair sees 700,000 spend $1.1 million in first five days, despite free ebooks available

“Book fair rakes in Rs 8 crore with 7 lakh footfall ” is the headline in the Times of India this week, reporting on the first five days of the Kolkata International Book Fair. The Indian notation equates to 700,000 visitors at the event up until Monday, spending over 80 million rupees ($1.1 million) on Read More …

In 2018 750,000 digital book downloads a day went uncounted by Nielsen Bookscan and Data Guy’s BookStat, fuelling the nonsense that people are reading less

Regulars here at TNPS will not have been surprised that Rakuten OverDrive last year surpassed the quarter billion download mark, serving 274 million digital books to eager consumers through its global library distribution service. While the USA is by far the bigger client country of OverDrive we should remember that the company delivers digital books Read More …

El Salvador gets its first digital library

Times change and you have to adapt to them, reports PublishNewsES, and in the tiny Central American republic of El Salvador the libraries have finally began to embrace the internet. The House of Culture of Metapán, PublishNewsES explains, was, one of the ten first Houses of Culture that were founded in the country in 1973 Read More …

Myanmar telco Ooredoo to boost country’s digital libraries

Myanmar, with a population of 53 million, may be at only 33% internet penetration, but that’s still 18 million people online. That’s 2 million more people online than the Netherlands, six million more people online than Romania, and twice the online population of Sweden, all of which have vibrant digital book markets. Myanmar’s digital potential Read More …

Dubai Audio Library “the largest Arabic audio library in the world”

Launched by Dubai’s Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Dubai Audio Library seeks to help the 7 million visually impaired people in the Arab world. It’s an initiative, reports Nasher News, undertaken by the RTA in collaboration with the website Bookshare.org. The Library is a volunteering platform for supporting seven Read More …

Nigeria’s would-be pan-African ebook and music distributor Publiseer adds Cloud Library to its distribution reach

It’s not even a year and a half since twins Chidi and Chika Nwaogu, one an author, the other a musician, launched Publiseer in their native Nigeria. Since then, as TNPS regulars will know, Publiseer has launched portals in Ghana, Kenya and South Africa, all the time expanding its distribution outlets. Last month it was Read More …

Denmark’s publishers perform u-turn on digital libraries as Storytel and co. show consumers want ebooks and audio

Denmark’s digital library service Ereolen has seen the number of ebook titles in its catalogue soar from 18,000 in September 2017 to 29,000 in September 2018. The 65% boost is due to Denmark’s biggest publishers embracing the option rather than lose ground to audiobook and ebook subscription services like Storytel. Denmark’s largest publisher, Gyldendal, returned Read More …

Axiell Media cries foul on OverDrive’s Sweden deal, claiming OverDrive has no agreements with Sweden’s biggest publishers

October was supposed to mark the start of OverDrive’s supply of digital content to Sweden’s public libraries after Overdrive beat domestic front-runner Axial in a lowest-priced bidding war. From TNPS in June: OverDrive wins 4 year contract to supply ebooks to Sweden’s libraries Axiell bought out former market leader Elib in 2015 and seemed in Read More …

Toronto library first in world to exceed 20 million digital downloads

Twenty million. That’s how many ebooks and audiobooks have been downloaded from the Toronto Public Library as of July 31. InfoDocket reports the Toronto Library kicked off its digital adventure in 2007, the same year the Kindle store launched in the USA, with just 25 ebooks. Last month it became the first library anywhere in Read More …

66 OverDrive libraries on target for 1 million+ downloads in 2018. Seven for 4m. Two looking at 5m as downloads soar 11%

The mid-year numbers are in from OverDrive and once again it’s looking to be a record-breaking year for the Rakuten-owned company. Last year OverDrive recorded 225 million downloads, with 58 libraries passing the 1 million downloads mark. This year at the half-way mark 66 libraries are looking to exceed 1 million downloads, with seven libraries Read More …

OverDrive clocks 220,000 audiobook downloads a day. On target for 80 million audio downloads this year that won’t be counted by Data Guy’s BookStat

OverDrive launched its new quarterly Perspectives on Reading e-magazine this week, and among its “unique insights” was an article on audiobook growth from OverDrive’s own data. Back in 2013 OverDrive crossed the 100 million downloads benchmark, reporting 79 million ebook checkouts and 22.9 million for audiobooks. For 2017 OverDrive clocked 225 million downloads, comprising 155 Read More …

OverDrive wins 4 year contract to supply ebooks to Sweden’s libraries

News is breaking in Sweden that America’s OverDrive has out-tendered domestic rival Axiell to become the primary ebook distributor for Sweden’s public libraries. Axiell bought out former market leader Elib in 2015 and seemed in an unbeatable position, but didn’t reckon on Rakuten’s growing hunger for the international ebook markets, which offered a “significantly cheaper” Read More …

Audio Publishers Association says 2017 US audiobook market worth $2.5 billion – more than double Data Guy’s BookStat valuation. Who are we to believe?

When the Audio Publishers Association issued its latest valuation of the US audiobook market last week the $2.5 billion figure understandably made the headlines. We can’t say for certain how accurate that figure may be, as it is, in the words of What’s New In Publishing, the result of the annual US sales survey (conducted Read More …

OverDrive’s Libby app use growing at 30% per month but digital library downloads continue to be ignored by the data gurus

Given Libby was Google Play’s ‘Best New App of the Year’ in 2017 and won #1 Apple App Store rating for books and library in May of 2018, it should come as no surprise that the OverDrive app for digital library access is doing well. In 2017 OverDrive clocked some 225 million ebook and audiobook Read More …

Singapore. Population: 5.6 million. Library members: 2.4 million. Library loans: 33 million

Singapore’s National Library Board made the headlines briefly earlier this year when Singapore joined the US and Canada in the notional OverDrive One Million Club. That is, a country where OverDrive saw over one million digital downloads. Not such a surprise given almost half the population are library members, and that in 2016 the Singapore Read More …