Celebrating its first anniversary, Singapore’s mobile reading app Dreame is another example of the millions of invisible global digital readers outside mainstream publishing

“Show Your Girl Power” is the topic of to a writing competition to mark the successful first anniversary of the Singapore-based mobile reading app Dreame, owned private equity firm STARY. For those interested, the competition submissions in which “authors can create their ideal female characters and heroines” are open until November 1, but submissions must Read More …

Wattpad’s 80 million users are part of the invisible and untapped global digital-first readership many publishers are oblivious to

Several industry reports carry the Wattpad press release announcing the Toronto-based company has added ten million new users this year, a 23% expansion taking its total user base to 80 million people spending 22 billion minutes each month on the site. From the press release: Wattpad, the global multi-platform entertainment company for original stories, today Read More …

Lady Victoria Howard brings elegant erotica to smartphones, chapter by chapter, with a laser focus and global ambitions

Launched last month by LVH Group, a new mobile reading app has taken an unsuspecting world by surprise with a menu of high class erotica written “by women for women” and targeting a global audience. Lady Victoria Howard is a far cry from the pseudo-porn masquerading as erotica that can be found on many mainstream ebook Read More …

StreetLib partners with Singapore-based STARY’s Dreame and FicFun mobile reading apps

Italy-based digital books distributor and publishing facilitator StreetLib has partnered Singapore’s STARY to deliver content to its mobile reading apps Dreame and FicFun with strong followings in the US, UK, Australia, Canada, the Philippines, Malaysia, Pakistan, Nigeria and South Africa. Full disclosure: The New Publishing Standard (TNPS) is published by StreetLib to further the debate about 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 …

HarperCollins India CEO – “Indians are reading more ebooks. We are seeing a steady increase in ebook sales”

It’s not something we hear said much nowadays. People are buying more ebooks. In India, that is. In the US the story is somewhat different, with the Big 5 US publishers all happily reporting ebook sales trending down, as they manoeuvre to protect their core print market. Time was we could look to Author Earnings 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 …

Wattpad insights

As reported here last week, the Chinese e-commerce titan Tencent is throwing $40 million at Wattpad, at a time when Wattpad is seeing 60 million people a month use the site. Over at Publishing Perspectives today, Porter Anderson carries an interview with Wattpad’s Ashleigh Gardner which offers some statistical insights into Wattpad users. Fan-fiction (fanfic) Read More …

Tencent moves on Wattpad as Wattpad hits 60 million users. Could Nook be next?

Back in September I ran a post here on Nook’s future, speculating on the possibility Nook could be acquired by the Chinese ebook behemoth Tencent, which was actively looking for global expansion possibilities. A sentiment shared by Jane Friedman and Porter Anderson at the Hot Sheet. Nothing yet to suggest Tencent has Nook on its Read More …

Microfiction on mobiles drives India’s online literature boom

Further to our coverage of the Indian micro-fiction site Terribly Tiny Tales (TTT) early this month, this week the Times of India has an update. “It started out small…make that tiny. “With a Facebook page that invited stories no longer than a sentence or two. That was 2013. Today, the one-million strong Facebook community of Terribly Read More …

The largest purchaser of short fiction in the United States

“This American short fiction app is hoping its author quality control will attract a wide audience to its mobile story ‘bursts’”, says Molly Flatt over at The Bookseller’s Futurebook. Flatt is discussing Great Jones Street, the latest addition to the mobile-first short reads realm. Founded in 2015 by Kelly Abbott, Great Jones Street joins the Read More …