Thailand’s Chiang Mai Book Fair kicks off June 28 through July 7. Check out this fine example of indigenous book fair art

The Chiang Mai Book Fair, as the headline suggests, will be starting June 28 and running through to July 7. Not much information available as to its scale and scope, but I just had to include it here for its adorable artwork. Book fair art often loses sight of its indigenous culture when trying to Read More …

Print to Screen – English-language books promotion in Thailand

This post is just a reminder to authors and publishers that, unlike in the US and UK where foreign language titles, if available at all, are shunted away in a dark corner, foreign-language books are in demand around the world. We should take care not lose sight of the international marketing opportunities when we distribute Read More …

StreetLib offers support to government and publishers of Uruguay and Vietnam in its pursuit of a truly global book market

Italy-based digital books distributor and publishing facilitator StreetLib has offered its support to the governments and publishers of Uruguay and Vietnam as part of its commitment to a truly global book market. Full disclosure: The New Publishing Standard (TNPS) is published by StreetLib to further the debate about the global book markets. TNPS is not a StreetLib Read More …

23 outright sales and 408 pending. Indonesia’s London Book Fair title count exceeds expectations, but still a key opportunity missed

As the Market Focus country at the 2019 London Book Fair, Indonesia’s National Book Committee was hoping to secure 50 title sales to add to the 1,200 it has collected since its establishment in 2015. As the fair drew to a close 23 sales had already been signed on the spot, and with 12 countries Read More …

As Penguin Random House SE Asia goes live, PRH plans just shy of 100 mostly English-language releases this year across the region

A common theme here at TNPS is the much-overlooked demand for English-language content in parts of the world where English is not the first or official language. Perhaps nowhere has that been more apparent than with the Big Bad Wolf phenomenon, where a Malaysia-based outfit ships literally millions of English-language books to countries like Indonesia, Read More …

Big Bad Wolf plans for 1 million visitors at its Indonesia book sale of 5.5 million books

When Big Bad Wolf debuted in Indonesia in 2016, regional organiser Uli Silalahi of PT Jaya Retail was not convinced the event had legs. Usually book exhibitions are only 3 days with a total of 5 thousand visitors. But here was Big Bad Wolf suggesting not just a twelve day book sale open 24 hours. Read More …

Ten day countdown until Indonesia’s Islamic Book Fair kicks off

The annual Islamic Book Fair is scheduled to run February 27 through March 2 this year, and as usual is billed the largest Islamic literary event in SE Asia. Founded in 2001, the Islamic Book Fair was created to offer a book fair with a dedicated Islamic nuance to balance the two big trade fairs Read More …

StreetLib completes January tranche of global expansion. 21 countries on 6 continents

When StreetLib launched The New Publishing Standard in September 2017 we made clear the function of the journal was to stimulate debate about the much-neglected global book markets. It was not a StreetLib promotional tool, and not a vehicle to advocate digital at the expense of traditional formats. But occasionally StreetLib becomes part of the Read More …

Big Bad Wolf – TNPS Story of the Year 2018

Given The New Publishing Standard only launched in September 2017, 2018 is is our first full calendar year, and our first opportunity to look back on the year and select the outstanding publishing stories, publishing people and publishing industry journals of 2018. Needless to say, being TNPS we were looking at the stories, people and Read More …

Vietnamese children’s book debuts as a Broadway-style musical at the Ho Chi Minh City Opera House this weekend

Diary of a Cricket, as the English translations of De men phieu luu ky runs, is a 1941 children’s book by To Hoai now debuting as a musical thanks to the Ho Chi Minh City Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera. Composed by Vu Viet Anh and conducted by Tran Nhat Minh, who together wrote the Read More …

In case you missed it – The past week on TNPS

The past seven days on TNPS – here’s what you missed.   Dubai Audio Library “the largest Arabic audio library in the world” Dubai Audio Library “the largest Arabic audio library in the world” Self-published comic book to become Netflix series – Again Self-published comic book to become Netflix series – Again Saudi Arabia’s 4th Read More …

Indonesia’s Train Station Book Fairs initiative winds up tomorrow

If Indonesia’s reading credentials have been firmly established by the three Big Bad Wolf events this year, further evidence comes in the form of six Book Fairs on Stations, running right now at six state-owned railway stations. PT KAI (Kereta Api Indonesia) has been hosting the five day fairs simultaneously at Gambir, Bandung, Yogyakarta, Purwokerto, Read More …

Big Bad Wolf preps for third Philippines run. Aims for 30 cities in 2019

There are three contenders for “the” global publishing story of the year here at TNPS, and regulars will not be surprised to learn Big Bad Wolf is among them. But unless one of the other two produce a remarkable rabbit from a hat in the next two months then Big Bad Wolf is going to 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 …

Thailand Book Expo expecting “hundreds of thousands” of visitors in the land where nobody reads

The 23rd Thailand National Book Expo, in parallel with the Thailand Children’s Book Festival, is underway in Bangkok. The event began yesterday, Oct 17 and runs twelve days until Oct 28. Visitor numbers are expected to run into the “hundreds of thousands.” I’ll try get clarification of whether that means “just” 200k or up to Read More …

As PRH announces planned expansion into 8 SE Asia countries, TNPS looks at the digital prospects in a region of 380 million internet users

Back in December 2017 TNPS ran with the headline, S.E. Asia online economy growing faster than predicted. $200bn by 2025. Will publishers rise to the opportunity? S.E. Asia online economy growing faster than predicted. $200bn by 2025. Will publishers rise to the opportunity? It seems some have. This week comes news that, from a base Read More …

2020 World Book Capital’s censorship double standards: It’s one rule for Malay titles and another if the book is in English

There were many raised eyebrows this past week when UNESCO declared Kuala Lumpur would be the World Book Capital in 2020. Because while there’s no question Malaysia is making great strides to advance literacy and literary endeavours, that is happening in the dark shadow of official censorship. The Malaysian government has promised to repeal the 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 …

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 …

The Indonesia International Book Fair is underway. An analogue book fair in the world’s fifth largest country by internet users

With one million books up for grabs at big discounts this year’s Indonesia International Book Fair should pull in big crowds in what I regard as one of the planet’s most exciting publishing prospects. One million books at a book fair may sound like a lot, but it’s small beer compared to the 5.5 million Read More …