After the Scribd-NYT subscription deal, Sweden’s Bookbeat ties a bundled deal with Dagens Nyheter. But are Storytel’s rivals up to the challenges ahead?

If the Scribd-New York Times subscription bundle made the headlines in the Anglophone world, it is Bookbeat’s deal with Dagen Nyheter that is the big news in Scandinavia. Bookbeat, second player to Storytel in the Nordic audiobook and ebook subscription stakes, has signed a deal with the Swedish digital news service (Dagens Nyheter = Today’s 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 …

Ebook sales doubled in US in 2018 according to Data Guy’s nonsensical BookStat numbers

When Digital Book World announced Data Guy would be delivering the closing keynote speech, during which time he would dazzle us with yet more publishing industry numbers known to nobody else, and incidentally would reveal his true identity and answer his critics, there was a muted response. Data Guy’s true identity is neither here nor Read More …

Amazon finally adds 5 Indian languages to KDP for ebook self-publishers. POD still not an option

It’s almost two years since Amazon allowed mainstream publishers to upload ebooks to the Kindle store in five Indian languages: Hindi, Tamil, Marathi, Gujarati, and Malayalam. Indie authors writing in those languages were put in the ridiculous position of having to upload to Amazon via a third party aggregator to get slice of the action. Read More …

Youscribe partners with Orange for Francophone Africa ebook distribution

Little known in the English-speaking world, where accessible ebook distribution is dominated by the Big 5 ebook retailers (Amazon, Apple, Nook, Kobo and Google Play) and the Big 5 aggregators (StreetLib, PublishDrive, Draft2Digital and Smashwords), the French distribution platform Youscribe continues to take strides to dominate the Francophone ebook world. Having first formed a partnership Read More …

As PRH announces planned expansion into 8 SE Asia countries, TNPS looks at the digital prospects in a region of 380 million internet users

Back in December 2017 TNPS ran with the headline, S.E. Asia online economy growing faster than predicted. $200bn by 2025. Will publishers rise to the opportunity? S.E. Asia online economy growing faster than predicted. $200bn by 2025. Will publishers rise to the opportunity? It seems some have. This week comes news that, from a base Read More …

ALLi 3, VAT on ebooks in EU, Instafreebie rebrands, and the new Bookscan – The Hot Sheet Reviewed

The Hot Sheet is a publishing industry news-sheet for authors, produced every two weeks by Porter Anderson and Jane Friedman, and reviewed here every other Sunday (when possible) as one of the best bi-weekly industry overviews available to authors. We’re not interested in delivering breaking news, but perspective on stories that are likely to retain meaning for your Read More …

As the Amman International Book Fair gets underway, say hello to Jamalon and Yaqut – Jordan’s hidden online book and ebook stores

The Amman International Book Fair is underway in Jordan this week as the Arab book fair season gathers momentum. Although smaller fairs like Al Ain in the UAE are already playing to an enthusiastic crowd – Abu Dhabi’s 10th Al Ain Book Fair is underway as the Arab book fair season gathers pace the Jordan Read More …

Start The Day Global – 28 September 2018

We’re into our second year here at TNPS and rolling out a new feature, Start the Day Global, which will be a ragbag of international stories that pass my desk each day that I don’t have time to devote a dedicated post to. Here’s today’s curation. It was World Literacy Day earlier this month, and Read More …

Four in ten books sold in Sweden are through a subscription service. But might both print and ebooks be the casualties of the great Scandinavian experiment?

Forty percent of books sold in Sweden are through a subscription service. Total book sales revenue in Sweden increased by 6.2% last year but, perhaps unsurprisingly given the rise and rise of the subscription model in Scandinavia, digital is leading the charge. And traditional bookselling outlets are getting hammered. While there are many upsides to Read More …

In Morocco, selling pirated books “is the only way to make a living,” with the help of the Mafia

Like in many Arab countries, literacy rates in Morocco are not among the highest in the world, but for Moroccans who do read the challenge is finding books they want at prices they can afford. When bookstores are few and far between and offer a limited choice of books at expensive prices it’s not surprising Read More …

The Indonesia International Book Fair is underway. An analogue book fair in the world’s fifth largest country by internet users

With one million books up for grabs at big discounts this year’s Indonesia International Book Fair should pull in big crowds in what I regard as one of the planet’s most exciting publishing prospects. One million books at a book fair may sound like a lot, but it’s small beer compared to the 5.5 million Read More …

The Week In Review

Here’s a summary of TNPS posts from the past seven days. Book reading down slightly in New Zealand. More than half read NZ authors Storytel Brazil 2019 launch whispers grows louder Spanish book market valued at minimum $2.7 billion. Paperback and ebook sales both rising Côte d’Ivoire: francophone Africa publishing insights Is Amazon preparing a Read More …

Is Amazon preparing a Kindle Arabia launch at the Sharjah Int. Book Fair later this year?

In November it will be four years since Amazon launched a Kindle store (Netherlands, November 2014), and as I’ve speculated on several occasions here at TNPS, it seemed mostly unlikely there were any new Kindle store launches being planned. Amazon has set up token operations in Singapore and Vietnam, is opening a call centre in Read More …

The Week in Review

Here’s a summary of TNPS posts from the past seven days.   UK small publishers find new ways to survive as chain bookstores turn them away HarperCollins’ Harlequin launches romance book website in Australia The Mogadishu Book Fair: an oasis of tranquility in a troubled land Small presses and self-publishers left stranded by collapse of Read More …

Publishing Perspectives’ interview with the Beijing IBF’s director. The Hot Sheet’s take on indie author access to China

Given China is by any measure the second largest book market in the world, it should come as no surprise that the Beijing International Book Fair is one of the largest and most important publishing events in the world. To coincide with the event, Publishing Perspectives ran an insightful interview with the Beijing IBF Director, Read More …

Nigeria’s ebook aggregator Publiseer launches in Ghana, the first step in its Pan-Africa expansion

Publiseer may be small compared to western aggregators, but its mix-n-match ebooks and music approach has prove successful in Nigeria and to mark its first anniversary this month Publiseer has launched operations in Ghana In a statement marking the expansion, Publiseer co-founder (with brother Chika) Chidi Nwaogu, said, Ghana has an amazing music industry that Read More …

Kobo Walmart ebook / audiobook partnership now live in the US. Here’s what each had to say

I tend to shy away from US-only news as it is so amply covered elsewhere, but for the benefit of readers outside the US who may have missed this big story but will be eager to get a share of the action, I copy below the official statements from both Kobo and Walmart stating their Read More …

Literature to be Ghana’s next cocoa, gold and oil, says Accra International Book Festival

With the 2018 Accra International Book Festival set for 6-9 September, coinciding with Ghana’s National Literacy Day on 8 September, aspirations are high. The festival’s theme this year is “Amplify,” the idea being to amplify the power of Ghanaian writers in society and beyond and to promote a culture of reading. Writes Brittle Paper, The Festival Read More …

HarperCollins’ Harlequin launches romance book website in Australia

Australia’s trade e-journal Books & Publishing is reporting Harlequin, owned by HarperCollins, has launched a book andn ebook website with 23,000 titles from the various Harlequin imprints. It’s not clear yet whether the Romance.com.au website is being simulated elsewhere. According to Australian trade journal Books & Publishing the site features quizzes, prize giveaways and Buzzfeed-style Read More …