Wattpad authors and readers blaze the diversity trail together with #MuslimRomance, #MuslimLoveStory, #IslamicLoveStory, #DiverseLit, #FreeTheLGBT and #Girlpower

While other publishers talk a lot about diversity and equality, and have taken steps to make it happen, Wattpad is way ahead in the diversity game. Wattpad’s 2018 Year in Review is a stunning array of statistics showing that, if diverse writing is readily available to read, the readers will jump on it. But will Read More …

Vietnam’s Unexploded Bombs have killed 40,000. Now 3,000 comic books will help educate kids about the dangers. But could Vietnam do more by digitising?

A common theme in modern-day western children’s publishing is reflecting social issues and challenges. Climate change is hot right now, for example. Elsewhere in the world climate change is certainly an important issue for children’s publishing, but there are often more pressing dangers to confront. UXO, for instance. That’s Unexploded Ordnance, or what we in Read More …

Brazil generates $450,000 business at Mexico’s Guadalajara International Book Fair as it positions itself for the burgeoning global book markets

Called Destinação Brasil, the project of the trade-promotion group Brazilian Publishers more than earned out its costs at the Guadalajara International Book Fair, setting in place business deals for 2019 worth almost a half million dollars. Mexico’s Guadalajara fair, which this year clocked 819,000 visitors, is regarded as the most important trade fair in the Read More …

India’s Chennai Book Fair sets the pace for 2019, extends duration and aims for 2 million visitors in January

The rise and rise of book fairs and festivals around the world has been a central theme of TNPS this past year, in blatant defiance of the doom and gloom mongers who insist interest in books is on the wane. The reality of course is that books and reading have never been more popular, but Read More …

Storytel Turkey partners with Vodafone in latest telco deal to boost audiobook reach

Storytel is no stranger to partnering with telcos to deliver audiobooks to wider audiences. Way back in 2016 Storytel partnered with Denmark’s Telia, for example. And almost a year ago to the day Storytel partnered with T-Mobile Poland. Sweden’s Storytel partners with Poland’s T-Mobile to deliver audiobooks Now comes news Storytel Turkey has partnered with Read More …

Kenya’s Swahili Literary Festival 2019 set for Mombasa in March, but don’t get your hopes up to be selling Swahili ebooks on Amazon

A Swahili Literary Festival? Those who follow the African literary scene (or indeed follow TNPS) will be delighted, but not surprised, to learn this news. But many of us outside the continent or new to TNPS may be wondering what other literary surprises Africa has in store. It’s a reminder that there’s a big, wide Read More …

South Africa govt. to step up state publishing programme, threatening future of local publishers

Earlier this year TNPS reported on a move by the Rwandan government to bring its educational publishing programme in-house, putting the future of local publishers at risk. African publishers pay the price for putting all their eggs in one basket Now South Africa looks set to follow suit. Zimasa Velaphi, chief director of communications and Read More …

Storytel launches in Bulgaria – 15th market. Storytel international site links drops from 30 to 17 countries

The official press release doesn’t tell us much, but Storytel Bulgaria is now officially Storytel’s 15th market, fifteen months after Storytel acquired the Bulgarian audiobook firm D&D Factory. No numbers for Bulgarian content, but what there is will be available alongside Storytel’s 50,000 English-language titles. UPDATE: Storytel Bulgaria launches with 300 titles in Bulgarian. Stefan Read More …

Guadalajara International Book Fair visitor numbers top 815,000. Mexico book fair attendance exceeds 1.3 million in past month

More on the Guadalajara International Book Fair this coming week as I get time to digest the latest reports and sift through the fluff to find the details that matter. Here just to say that as the event closed, total visitor numbers exceeded 815,000, so pretty much in line with expectations. As reported here in Read More …

Kolkata International Book Fair asks Pakistan PM Imran Khan to support Pakistan participation

India-Pakistan relations have always been strained, but one might be surprised to learn that the Kolkata International Book Fair (KIBF) organisers wrote to the Pakistan National Book Foundation two months ago inviting Pakistani publisher participation, and got no reply. Now the Indian Publishers and Booksellers Guild Secretary Tridib Chatterjee has written directly to Iran Khan, Read More …

1.5 million people attended book fairs in Colombia in 2018, buying 1.1 million books not recorded by the retail sector

It’s official from the Book Fairs Network of Colombia. One and a half million people turned out to book fairs and festivals across the country in 2018 and bought over one million books that will not show up in the national book retailer reports. The 5th meeting of la Red de Ferias del Libro de Read More …

Storytel confirms Bulgaria launch for 2018. At least six new markets in 2019 (inc. Brazil and Singapore). Mofibo ebooks to come under Storytel brand

Although we don’t have the date yet, it’s now official that Storytel will be launching in Bulgaria this year, and as there’s only this month to go it now seems certain Storytel Bulgaria will formally be announced in the Bulgarian capital at the Sofia Literary Festival (11-16 December), running in tandem with the Sofia International Read More …

Italy’s Traduzione Libri becomes the latest casualty of Amazon’s CreateSpace shutdown. The hunt for a serious international POD operator is on

Ever since the first hints were dropped that CreateSpace was not long for this world and indie authors would be shunted into KDP Print there has been a question mark over publishing books in foreign languages. While Amazon may seem to be a global player, actually it is no such thing, and much of its Read More …

Despite censorship controversy Kuwait International Book Fair attracted 300,000 visitors. MENA on target for 10-15 million visitors this Arab book fair season

The Kuwait News Agency report extolling the success of the 43rd Kuwait International Book Fair carefully avoided any reference to the censorship controversy that beleaguered the event. But it did mention that the Minister of Information and Minister of State for Youth Affairs Mohammad Al-Jabri  had held, a meeting with the organizers to go over Read More …

New import duties on books hits Iraqi publishing sector. Some claim it’s censorship by taxation

Iraq has enjoyed relative publishing freedom in recent years, but there are signs that might be coming to an end. New import duties are pushing up the price of books to Iraqi consumers, but is this just an ill-advised taxation issue or an attempt to control what Iraqi’s can read? Writing for The Arab Weekly, Read More …

Is Storytel planning a Bulgaria launch in December?

Storytel generally keeps its planned launches secret until they happen (Mexico and the imminent launches in Brazil and Singapore the exceptions) and so far Jonas Tellander has made no comment on a pending Bulgaria launch, despite TNPS reporting on the likelihood back at the start of 2018. Storytel has 300,000 Swedish subscribers, a further 250,000 Read More …

Bookwire signs up to Amazon’s Kindle Enterprise Publishing (KEP – not to be confused with KDP Print) for POD

German ebook distributor Bookwire has for over a year now been offering POD distribution in Spanish Latin America via PodiPrint, and has now taken the step of introducing the service at home in Europe. Bookwire has contracted with Amazon’s Kindle Enterprise Publishing to offer Bookwire titles as paperbacks in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The deal Read More …

Storytel launches in 14th market – Mexico – with 2,400 Spanish titles accessible across Latin America

Storytel’s Mexico launch today comes with a surprise bonus. Full Latin America reach. When TNPS broke the news in the Anglophone industry media that Storytel was looking at the Latin America markets I noted Brazil, Argentina, Colombia and Mexico were frontrunners for Storytel’s LatAm expansion. Storytel’s Latin American ambitions. Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and Colombia for Read More …

India’s North East Book Fair sees heavy footfall but few buyers for local-language titles

The Northeast Book Fair, held under the aegis of the All Assam Publishers and Book Sellers Association, wound up its twelve day run yesterday. No final figures yet (I’ll update with any further news) but at the half-way point AAPBSA general secretary Dhiraj Goswami had said visitor numbers had exceeded 80,000 and sales worth Rs. Read More …

FILVEN sees record visitor attendance. 643,000 turn out for an 11-day book fair in Venezuela

Even as EU sanctions against the Venezuelan government were renewed for a further year the 14th Venezuela International Book Fair got underway this month, and whether thanks to indifference to the problems at home, or because the event provided a distraction from the problems at home, the 14th FILVEN (Feria Internacional del Libro de Venezuela) Read More …