Kazakhstan’s first children’s fantasy novel

The Moscow International Book Fair has just wound up (Sept. 5-9) and as yet little of interest has come across my desk to warrant coverage beyond noting that 100,000 visitors were expected. But the Moscow IBF encompasses not just Russia but also the Confederation of Independent States (CIS) and it is there that the “headline” Read More …

As Storytel’s 2019 Asia expansion steps up with a Thailand office, TNPS speculates where next for Storytel

Not content with its Latin America ambitions, with a Mexico launch set for December, and a Brazil launch looking likely in the New Year, Storytel has announced the next stage of its Asia expansion is underway. To start with it’s an office in Bangkok, which will be used to coordinate expansion across the continent as Read More …

Istanbul wants to be a global centre of publishing. Is that at all realistic?

Two hundred publishers will be in Istanbul this week for the 4th annual Arabic Book Fair, regarded as the largest Arabic literary event approved by the Arab Publishers’ outside of the Arab countries. “Discover a New World” is this year’s theme. Emrah Kısakürek, chairman of Media Publishing Union which is organising the event at Istanbul’s Read More …

Warsaw, Minsk, Bucharest, Bratislava, Lillehammer, St. Petersburg, Dublin, Kiev, Madrid, Lisbon – the European book fair season is under way

Although we have had significant European book fairs already this year, it is in May that things really step up a gear, as winter is laid to rest, spring has sprung and thoughts turn to a summer of books. May started with the Thessalonika fair in Greece (85,000 visitors) and the Tanpinar festival in Turkey, Read More …

As all eyes turn to the New York Book Expo, more than 6 million people are attending book fairs around the world this May

As we all know, there are three big book events every year – the London Book Fair, the New York Book Expo, and the Frankfurt Book Fair. And if we stretch the imagination a little we can count a few other big book fairs – Guadalajara and Bologna, for example, and lately Shanghai and Beijing Read More …

Storytel now live in Turkey. Italy launch imminent and Bulgaria launch soon

Storytel’s twelfth audiobook and ebook store went live this past week (confession – I got distracted by the IPA Regional Seminar, so a few days late with the news), with Turkey the third of five planned launches this year. Turkey joined Iceland and the United Arab Emirates as 2018 additions to a fold that already 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 …

Kazakhstan’s Eurasia Book Fair gets underway in Astana

The annual Eurasia Book Fair kicked off in Kazakhstan yesterday, just one among countless book fairs happening around the globe this week, many far bigger, so no surprise it isn’t making any headlines. With just 28,000 visitors expected this isn’t one of the biggest book fairs on the planet – literally millions of people are Read More …