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 …

Piracy costs Egypt’s publishers $16.8 million a year

The Egyptian Publishers Union (EPU) has said that piracy costs Egypt’s publishers LE 300 million ($16.8 million) annually. EPU Chairman Saead Abdo said, This illegal act harms Egypt’s reputation abroad and at the same time undermines the rights of publishers and authors. The 130 titles seized in a warehouse in the city of Shubra al-Kheima Read More …

Nigeria’s ebook distributor Publiseer launches in Kenya. South Africa next

It was barely six weeks ago that Publiseer, celebrating its first birthday, launched its first operation outside homeland Nigeria, with a virtual expansion west into Ghana. Nigeria’s ebook aggregator Publiseer launches in Ghana, the first step in its Pan-Africa expansion Now it heads east, into Kenya, with a further expansion south to South Africa planned. Read More …

World’s largest collection of Tibetan Buddhist literature is now online

Hat tip to @PaulkBiba for this – the most complete record of the words of the Buddha, plus many millions of pages of related commentaries, teachings and works such as medicine, history, and philosophy are now online thanks to the Buddhist Digital Resource Center (BDRC) and Internet Archive (IA). The Internet Archive Blog explains, BDRC’s founder, E. Gene Smith, Read More …

GQ Middle East launches today

TNPS is generally focused on the book publishing market rather than magazines, but reports today on the launch of GQ Middle East as an example of how the outside world is gravitating to the MENA (Middle East North Africa) region as the Arab Renaissance unfolds. We were expecting the launch last month, per the announcement Read More …

Brazil’s PublishNews launches Spanish edition to coincide with LIBER Barcelona

If you need to know what’s happening in Brazil’s publishing industry, PublishNews is the place to go. A daily briefing of the top stories in Brazilian publishing, in my inbox every day. What more could a global-publishing obsessive want? Well, since you ask, a similar daily bulletin for the other global markets of the world. Read More …

Start the Day Global – 30 September 2018

South Africa, Canada , the USA, the UK and Nigeria are on the travel map today as we start the day global today in what you may or may not consider the USA: Puerto Rico. If we outside the US and Caribbean think of Puerto Rico at all it is probably in relation to the Read More …

Start The Day Global – 29 September 2018

We start the day global today in the USA, where Ron Charles in the Washington Post asked, Do we still need Banned Books Week? Charles, according to Joni Di Placido, writing for the Kobo Writing Life blog, argued that book banning is largely confined to our repressive past. Charles here presumably (the OP is behind Read More …

Many biennials within one. Brazil’s Rio Biennial 2019 dates set, and a new approach to try hold on to those record visitor numbers

Brazil’s publishers and retailers may be struggling, but the ever-growing attendance at Brazil’s book fairs shows the disaffection is with the system, not books. In 2017 the Rio Biennial, which alternates with Sao Paulo to be the nation’s national book fair, drew a record-breaking crowd of 640,000 eager booklovers. Today the dates for the 19th Read More …

Is the IPA / UN Sustainable Development Group Book Club sustainable?

In a press release today the International Publishers Association announced its collaboration with the UN’s Sustainable Development Group to create a Book Club for children’s titles that will promote the Sustainable Development Group’s goals (SDGs). The Book Club initiative will put the spotlight on books as a tool to encourage children and young people to Read More …

It’s Banned Books Week. Spare a thought for a French book banned in Italy this year

The winner of the Prix Albert Londres 2018 will be announced in Istanbul on October 22. Yes, a French literary prize awarded in Turkey. The award is the creation of the daughter of the celebrated French author Florise Martinet-Londres, and the awards ceremony this year, writes Actualitté’s Antoine Oury, has a strong symbolic significance. A delegation Read More …

The Week In Review

Here’s a summary of TNPS posts from the past seven days. Sao Paulo’s Avenida Paulista bookstore closes – Fnac Brazil now has just one bookstore standing Setswana? Indonesian? Can you tell the difference? Nor can Microsoft A mermaid wearing a bra among the books banned in Kuwait, but protests are gathering momentum Big Bad Wolf Read More …

Scotland’s Wigtown Book Festival kicks off with record advance ticket sales

I usually tend to shy clear of US and Uk book festivals, which get plenty enough coverage elsewhere, but make an exception for those that drive home a key theme of TNPS – that we are witnessing a digitally driven Global New Renaissance quite unparalleled in human history, and that, far from books being the Read More …

Kuala Lumpur to be UNESCO World Book Capital 2020

UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) has picked Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur to succeed Sharjah as World Book Capital in 2020. The title is currently held by Athens, which will concede the title to the UAE’s Sharjah for 2019. In a statement Unesco said Malaysia’s capital was selected because of the city’s strong Read More …