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 …

Toronto library first in world to exceed 20 million digital downloads

Twenty million. That’s how many ebooks and audiobooks have been downloaded from the Toronto Public Library as of July 31. InfoDocket reports the Toronto Library kicked off its digital adventure in 2007, the same year the Kindle store launched in the USA, with just 25 ebooks. Last month it became the first library anywhere in Read More …

Barcelona comic book store takes the Eisner Award at San Diego

The big American and British book and comic events get plenty of coverage elsewhere, so aren’t usually a staple of The New Publishing Standard, but the San Diego Comic Con warrants a mention here on two counts. First, and rather surprisingly, is that the San Diego event with its regular 130,000 visitors is being touted Read More …

Data Guy rewrites the historical Author Earnings US ebook statistics. 2016 US unit ebook sales of 487 million now 525 million. What are we to believe?

I had occasion to revisit Data Guy’s January 2018 Author Earnings Report this week. And I found Data Guy has quietly slipped in new numbers for 2015 and 2016 US ebook market. Said Data Guy on May 31 this year, slipped into the comments thread, four months after the main report went live, US ebook sales totaled Read More …

66 OverDrive libraries on target for 1 million+ downloads in 2018. Seven for 4m. Two looking at 5m as downloads soar 11%

The mid-year numbers are in from OverDrive and once again it’s looking to be a record-breaking year for the Rakuten-owned company. Last year OverDrive recorded 225 million downloads, with 58 libraries passing the 1 million downloads mark. This year at the half-way mark 66 libraries are looking to exceed 1 million downloads, with seven libraries Read More …

Arabic Literature in Translation Seminar in New York follows Sharjah’s New Orleans Library Association presence. The Arab Renaissance gets into second gear

The Sheikh Zayed Book Award (SZBA) will be running a seminar at the New York Public Library tomorrow as the next stage of the Arab Renaissance unfolds. The seminar is to introduce the recently launched Translation Fund, which looks to support Arabic literature reaching the English, French and German language markets. Juergen Boos, President of Read More …

OverDrive clocks 220,000 audiobook downloads a day. On target for 80 million audio downloads this year that won’t be counted by Data Guy’s BookStat

OverDrive launched its new quarterly Perspectives on Reading e-magazine this week, and among its “unique insights” was an article on audiobook growth from OverDrive’s own data. Back in 2013 OverDrive crossed the 100 million downloads benchmark, reporting 79 million ebook checkouts and 22.9 million for audiobooks. For 2017 OverDrive clocked 225 million downloads, comprising 155 Read More …

Audio Publishers Association says 2017 US audiobook market worth $2.5 billion – more than double Data Guy’s BookStat valuation. Who are we to believe?

When the Audio Publishers Association issued its latest valuation of the US audiobook market last week the $2.5 billion figure understandably made the headlines. We can’t say for certain how accurate that figure may be, as it is, in the words of What’s New In Publishing, the result of the annual US sales survey (conducted Read More …

OverDrive’s Libby app use growing at 30% per month but digital library downloads continue to be ignored by the data gurus

Given Libby was Google Play’s ‘Best New App of the Year’ in 2017 and won #1 Apple App Store rating for books and library in May of 2018, it should come as no surprise that the OverDrive app for digital library access is doing well. In 2017 OverDrive clocked some 225 million ebook and audiobook Read More …

Kenya’s remarkable internet story is publishing’s opportunity

In the year 2000 there were just 200,000 people online in Kenya. By 2010 it had risen to almost 4 million. That in itself is an impressive number, giving Kenya in 2010 as many internet users as New Zealand or Ireland have today. Then smartphones arrived. And like many other African nations Kenya effectively by-passed Read More …

South African Book Development Council builds excitement for September book fair

Last year the South African Book Development Council took over responsibility for the annual South African Book Fair, previously run by the South African Publishers Association. In doing so the SABF transitioned from a trade event with consumers at the periphery, to a festival of books and publishing.that put African literature back on the map. Read More …

Ten global publishing stories not to be missed. 5 June 2018 collation

The global publishing market has never been more exciting, and every day myriad publishing stories cross my screen that I’d love to develop here at TNPS, but there simply isn’t time. They do make the TNPS twitter feed, however. Follow TNPS on twitter here: @thenewpubstd. But twitter is an ephemeral beast. If you’re reading TNPS Read More …

New York eclipsed as the centre of global publishing gravity shifts inexorably east. 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 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 long-term decision Read More …

Amazon expands UK imprint ambitions as A-Pub holds half the US top ten today. A-Pub has more titles than Bloomsbury, Kensington or HMH if BookStat numbers are correct

At noon today (GMT) five of the top ten slots in the Kindle charts were taken by Lake Union (2), Montlake Romance (2) and Thomas & Mercer (1) – all publishing imprints of Amazon. With the launch of Topple in February, the number of Amazon imprints reached eighteen. Amazon is already fielding more titles than Kensington, Read More …

UK Spring First in Series Sale. AU / NZ Mothers Day Price Promo. May Buy 2 Thrillers Get 1 Free Sale. A snapshot of Kobo’s little known Promotions feature for indie authors

On the indie author circuit discussion about how to promote self-published ebooks is prevalent everywhere. Understandably the focus is on Amazon, as the biggest ebook retailer in the US and UK, and of course Amazon famously offers certain promotional features through KDP, such as the ability to list at $0.00 for five days in a Read More …

Over half the top 100 titles on Kindle UK are breaking the metadata rules. A third of the Kindle US top 100 today are Amazon imprint titles.

It’s just over a month since the Book Industry Communication organisation issued a widely reported cease and desist notice to publishers to stop abusing the metadata system. Exactly one month ago, on March 15, I covered the story here at The New Publishing Standard, noting that that same morning 13 of the top 20 Kindle UK Read More …

While all eyes are on the London Book Fair this week, in the thirty days either side of the LBF over 13 million people are visiting book fairs around the globe

The London Book Fair is underway, and there’s no question it’s one of the most important trade book fairs of the year. But these big trade events (the London Book Fair, the New York Book Expo, the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, the Frankfurt Book Fair, etc,) are just that – trade-focussed events where public access Read More …

Ten global publishing stories not to be missed. 4 April 2018 collation

The global publishing market has never been more exciting, and every day myriad publishing stories cross my screen that I’d love to develop here at TNPS, but there simply isn’t time. But if you’re reading TNPS in the first place you probably share my obsession with all things international publishing, and would no doubt enjoy Read More …

Books to Film in Bermuda

One of the most amusing false narratives in the publishing industry is the idea that video streaming is a threat to books. In fact a look at the book charts at almost any time will show books that have a film or TV adaptation, or books derived from a film or TV original, are up Read More …

The Hot Sheet Reviewed – second January 2018 edition

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 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 long-term decision Read More …