“The industry is in good shape. The revenue pool has grown for all of us” – Markus Dohle, CEO Penguin Random House

As so often happens in publishing, the real stories are lost in the detail. Take the 2019 Jerusalem International Book Forum earlier this month. While Joyce Carol Oates winning the Jerusalem Prize this year understandably made the headlines, the rest of the 2019 Book Forum was relegated to a footnote, and it is only now, Read More …

Joyce Carol Oates To Get Jerusalem Prize at Israel’s Mishkenot Sha’ananim International Writers Festival

The Jerusalem International Book Forum (formerly the Jerusalem International Book Fair) will run 12-15 May this year, and for the first time will run concurrent with the International Writers Festival of Mishkenot Sha’ananim. Founded in 1963, the then Jerusalem International Book Fair has long been the Israeli publishing industry’s public face, and the forum where the Read More …

The Week In Review

Here’s a summary of TNPS posts from the past seven days. Sao Paulo’s Avenida Paulista bookstore closes – Fnac Brazil now has just one bookstore standing Setswana? Indonesian? Can you tell the difference? Nor can Microsoft A mermaid wearing a bra among the books banned in Kuwait, but protests are gathering momentum Big Bad Wolf Read More …

Israeli publisher illegally releases book of Arab women’s texts, complete with pirated cover. Calls it an act of salvation

You couldn’t make it up. A publisher in Israel finds a collection of texts written in Arabic by women, steals a cover image from a Lebanese artist, and publishes them as a book, justifying the piracy by saying the book is giving exposure to writers “whose voices have been silenced for years,” and is an Read More …

Jerusalem International Book Fair moves to a yearly schedule from 2019

The bi-annual Jerusalem International Book Fair will be yearly from 2019, following the decision to combine the event with its counterpart the International Writers Festival. The Times of Israel reports the book fair, which has been running every other year since 1963, will merge with the International Writers Festival (since 2008) to become the Jerusalem Read More …

Israel blocks Jordanian and other Arab publishers from Palestine International Book Fair

The 11th Palestine International Book Fair, which began Thursday, had been expecting 500 publishers, mostly from across the Arab world. Israel had other ideas. The Jordanian News Agency Petra reported at the weekend that Jordanian and other Arab publishers had been stopped at the border, despite their shipments of books having been previously approved and Read More …