With an online population bigger than the Netherlands, Myanmar gets its first national ebook store with telco MPT

While the Big 5 western ebook retailers look the other way, the digital format continues to gain ground across south and south-east Asia, driven by mobile. Next year Storytel will launch in Singapore, while Thailand’s Ookbee has long had a strong presence across SE Asia. Yet bizarrely neither Amazon nor Apple offer ebooks in any part Read More …

The Handmaid’s Tale released in UAE as Arab book market globalisation builds

Margaret Atwood’s famous dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale is available in Arabic – for the first time ever. The internationalisation of the Arab book markets continues apace, and is epitomised by the release of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale in Arabic at the Sharjah International Book Fair. Canadian author Margaret Atwood’s novel, set in a Read More …

Storytel to launch in Singapore in 2019

In marked contrast to Storytel’s usual approach of keeping quiet about new launches until everything is ready to go, Storytel’s Asia expansion plans are being announced well in advance. This week comes a Storytel press release confirming Storytel will be launching in Singapore in 2019, with titles in English and Chinese. This will come as no Read More …

Chinese bot translates 300-page book from English to Chinese in 30 seconds with 95% accuracy

This is a post that will send shivers down the spines of translators everywhere. First the bad news (if you’re a translator – great news if you’re a publisher!). India’s YourStory reports that a 300-page book written in English by Indian author Srinivas Mahankali, totaling 100,000 words, was translated into Mandarin by automated software in Read More …

A reminder that Wattpad is not just about teen romance

Debut novelist Sam Marsden is the latest author to grab the attention of the moving pictures folk, with a preemptive TV and film rights deal just before Frankfurt. Stampede, Deadline explains, The book is set in a glass-domed Martian colony and follows 17-year-old Eva Knight, the daughter of colony’s president who detests life on Mars and Read More …

Zimbabwe International Book Fair rescheduled as Harare cholera epidemic eases

Last month, as a cholera outbreak necessitated prohibiting all public gatherings in the Zimbabwean capital, the Zimbabwe International Book Fair (ZIBF)was among the casualties, “cancelled indefinitely.” A statement last month by ZIBF chairman Jasper L Maenzanise on the ZIBF website said simply, On behalf of the Zimbabwe International Book Fair Association (ZIBFA) General Council and Read More …

Axiell Media cries foul on OverDrive’s Sweden deal, claiming OverDrive has no agreements with Sweden’s biggest publishers

October was supposed to mark the start of OverDrive’s supply of digital content to Sweden’s public libraries after Overdrive beat domestic front-runner Axial in a lowest-priced bidding war. From TNPS in June: OverDrive wins 4 year contract to supply ebooks to Sweden’s libraries Axiell bought out former market leader Elib in 2015 and seemed in Read More …

The Week In Review

Here’s a second chance to see the TNPS post from the past seven days. Start the Day Global – 30 September 2018 Sweden’s Storytel Arabia partners with Jordan’s Jamalon to expand MENA audiobook reach Nigerian student writer wins trip to Sharjah International Book fair. They never had prizes like that when I was a kid! Read More …

Finnish President sits on steps at Turku Book Fair as auditorium was full

Only in Finland could the country’s President turn up to a book fair discussion on equality, find there were no seats, so sit himself down on the steps to enjoy the show. It happened this weekend at the Turku Book Fair in southwest Finland when first President Sauli Niinistö was spotted buying books. No, no Read More …

Strengthening Aotearoa’s literary landscape – Mātātuhi Foundation to offer writing, reading, literacy grants

New Zealand’s Auckland Writers Festival (AWF), intent on “strengthening Aotearoa’s literary landscape,” has launched a charitable foundation, to be run separate from the AWF Trust, that will, allow New Zealand writers to develop and promote their works (and) cover activities for readers that increase their engagement with New Zealand literature, and projects that contribute to Read More …