Is the IPA / UN Sustainable Development Group Book Club sustainable?

In a press release today the International Publishers Association announced its collaboration with the UN’s Sustainable Development Group to create a Book Club for children’s titles that will promote the Sustainable Development Group’s goals (SDGs). The Book Club initiative will put the spotlight on books as a tool to encourage children and young people to Read More …

Publishing News Round-Up 7 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 best publishing stories from the past 48 hours or so. Apologies if some are behind Read More …

7 million users in the Philippines as Wattpad’s Tencent-backed Asia plans step up a gear

The Philippines has long been one of Wattpad’s strongholds, but this month comes news from Manila Bulletin that fully 7 million of Wattpad’s 65+ million users around the world are from that one country. After the latest $51 million round of Wattpad funding in January, with a substantial portion coming from China’s Tencent – Tencent 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 …

Augmented reality, educational games for science textbooks, and a Youtube channel. The Bangladesh book fair delivers more surprises

The month-long Amar Ekushey Boi Mela book festival in Dhaka is among many other things an opportunity for publishers to release new books, and every day the list of new titles has been mounting. But this past week three innovative new additions to the list came in the form of a Youtube video, a science Read More …

Juggernaut sets the pace for Indian publishing in 2018. Prepares to take on Kindle Unlimited

It’s New Year’s Day, 2018, and already India’s new year of book festivities is well underway. The eleven-day Vijayawada Book Festival starts today, January 1, warming the ground for the massive Kolkata International Book Fair at the end of the month. And in between (and overlapping) these there’s the New Delhi World Book Fair kicking Read More …

Beware the future. It’s closer than you think. AI and Publishing

Anyone who thinks AI won’t be able to write literature that’s as good as anything a human can produce within a couple of decades is deluding themselves. That was ALLi’s Dan Holloway over Christmas on the ALLi site, but I’ve deliberately kept the quote until today because it is one best suited to open the Read More …

Driverless cars open up new publishing opportunities. Renault is first to rise to the challenge

The French car manufacturer Renault has bought a 40% stake in Challenges Group, the publisher of the weekly economics magazine Challenges and four monthly science and history journals. Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn, reports Bloomberg, plans to stretch the carmaker’s suite of products to entertaining passengers in future driverless vehicles. (That means) new content specially designed Read More …

Harry Potter and the magic of Augmented Reality

Two big AR stories are making the news this week, both with consequences for the publishing industry. Apple is working on an augmented reality head-set that will likely launch in 2020 and replace the iPhone as top product, according to Bloomberg. Tim Cooke believes AR will be the next big thing. That’s AR as in augmented Read More …

The BBC gets interactive with Alexa and audio

One of the most exciting aspects of the Global New Renaissance now unfolding is how digital technology is allowing new art-forms to emerge that, far from destroying publishing, are energising and empowering the industry. Virtual reality and augmented reality are good examples. Enhanced ebooks and interactive ebooks another. Now comes interactive audiobooks. Interactive with Amazon Read More …