More than 4.5 million expected at the Cairo International Book Fair Golden Jubilee

Taking place for the first time in the Fifth Settlement, the just launched 50th Cairo International Book Fair is hoping to set a new world record for visitor numbers, with extra days added to the usually 12-day event. According to Egypt Today, Haitham al-Haj, chairman of the General Egyptian Book Organization. expects the extra days to 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 …

Sophie Rochester’s The Literary Platform shutters after ten years. Moves on to life-style courses

Subscribers to book tech consultancy website The Literary Platform will have been surprised to receive an email today stating the site is being archived. Sophie Rochester explained, I’m starting off the New Year with a Kondo-esque digital spring clean and this means shutting down The Literary Platform after nearly 10 years! I’ll be concentrating all Read More …

A mortgaged golden dagger becomes a hub of the global books industry. The UAE’s Sharjah Publishing City marks its first year

Sharjah Publishing City marked its first anniversary this week with a press release saying 17 countries are already using the city as a gateway to the publishing world. So far, along with the UAE itself, businesses from Lebanon, Syria, Sudan, Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, France, Britain, India, China, Brazil, Spain, Australia, Ghana and Nigeria Read More …

As India’s Niyogi Books prepares to launch its first Hindi titles next month, the company sees digital as an ally, not a threat

For a paper-importing country like India, rising paper prices pose a more serious challenge in coming years than online price discounting and the rise of ebooks. As Indian publishers strive to find and retain readers in a price-sensitive market so these challenges mount. Some, it seems, prefer the ostrich approach to dealing with arising problems: Read More …

Pakistan’s 14th Karachi International Book Fair set for Dec 21-25. Can it beat last year’s 600,000 visitors?

UrduPoint reports that everything is in place for the 14th Karachi International Book Fair to kick off Friday 21 December, finishing on 25 December. To be inaugurated by the Education Minister Sardar Ali Shah, the fair is organised by the Pakistan Publishers and Booksellers Association, for which chairman Aziz Khalid  is reporting some 330 stalls will be Read More …

“The most successful year in Simon & Schuster’s history.”

What a turnaround from those heady days of 2010-12 when many believed publishing was doomed, amid very real crises in the book retail and publishing sectors. A time when many predicted (some joyfully) the death of print and that the then Big 6 would follow Borders into oblivion as ebooks became the only format consumers Read More …

Saudi Arabia’s 4th Jeddah International Book Fair set for 13 days over western Christmas and New Year

Yet another reminder that the global book markets care nothing for the idiosyncrasies of the western publishing calendar. While western publishing all but shuts down, bar the retailers, for the Christmas and New Year festivities, Saudi Arabia will be holding its second-largest book fair, starting December 26 and winding up January 5. The Jeddah International Read More …

Self-published comic book to become Netflix series – Again

What are the chances? You self-publish a comic book. Someone finds an old copy in a trash can. He happens to be a TV director. Next thing you know, your self-published comic book is a TV series. Now try count the odds for it happening twice! Okay, so there was no trash can involved the Read More …

Dubai Audio Library “the largest Arabic audio library in the world”

Launched by Dubai’s Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Dubai Audio Library seeks to help the 7 million visually impaired people in the Arab world. It’s an initiative, reports Nasher News, undertaken by the RTA in collaboration with the website Bookshare.org. The Library is a volunteering platform for supporting seven Read More …

Nigeria’s would-be pan-African ebook and music distributor Publiseer adds Cloud Library to its distribution reach

It’s not even a year and a half since twins Chidi and Chika Nwaogu, one an author, the other a musician, launched Publiseer in their native Nigeria. Since then, as TNPS regulars will know, Publiseer has launched portals in Ghana, Kenya and South Africa, all the time expanding its distribution outlets. Last month it was Read More …

30,000 expected at Russia’s Non-Fiction Book Fair, which starts today

The 20th edition of Russia’s Non-Fiction Book Fair kicks off today for a five day run in the Central House of Artists in the capital, Moscow. Italy is the guest of honour at the event, one of twenty participating countries this year. Those will be Belgium, Germany, Greece, Denmark, Hungary, Israel, India, Iceland, Spain, Italy, Read More …

2019 Sheikh Zayed Book Award longlist lines up 13 titles for the prestigious Arab literature prize

With contenders from Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Syria, Yemen and Norway, the 2019 Sheikh Zayed Book Award long list for the Literature category is announced, with ten novels, two poetry collections and a memoir forming the line-up. Here’s the longlist:   Novel: Esmy Fatima (My Name is Fatima) by Egyptian writer Amro Al Adly (2017) Read More …

Nigerian music and ebook aggregator Publiseer launches in South Africa

Given the company’s name, Publiseer, from the Afrikaans word for “publish”, there was a logical inevitability that Publiseer would at some stage launch in South Africa. It just happened. South Africa joins Ghana and Kenya and home country Nigeria as Publiseer, the music and ebooks aggregator, continues on its mission to be a pan-African distributor. Read More …

Amazon’s second u-turn of the month – unblocks Australian buyers from US store

It was less than two weeks ago Amazon had to back down on its decision to shut out numerous countries from subsidiary Abe Books in the face of protests from retailers and consumers impacted by the decision. Now Amazon has u-turned on is July decision to block Australian shoppers from the Amazon US site. Amazon suspended shipping Read More …

Mexico’s children’s book fair FILIJ tops half million as Latin American book fair attendance records fall like dominoes

547,759. That’s how many people attended FILIJ this year, up from 400,000 in 2017. The Feria Internacional del Libro Infantil y Juvenil (International Children’s and YA Book Fair) ran from November 9 through 19, averaging 49,800 visitors a day. Too soon for a full appraisal and sales numbers for FILIJ. I’ll update this post if Read More …

The TNPS Week In Review

It’s been a quiet week at TNPS for various reasons, but here’s what was covered this past seven days.   Storytel confirms Brazil launch for 2019 as Mexico launch nears. Sharjah 2.23 million. Algiers 2.2 million. 4.4 million visitors to Arab book fairs in the past two weeks. The Arab Renaissance gathers momentum. The Arab Read More …

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 …