Amazon’s CreateSpace goes out with a bang – cracks shortlist for prestigious French literary award

CreateSpace is on its final legs as Amazon completes its absorption into KDP Print this month, but it goes out with a bang, not a whimper. By the final of the Prix Renaudot in November CreateSpace will be history, but it might just also make history. When Actualitté posted the shortlist for the Prix Renaudot Read More …

The Week in Review

Here’s a summary of TNPS posts from the past seven days.   UK small publishers find new ways to survive as chain bookstores turn them away HarperCollins’ Harlequin launches romance book website in Australia The Mogadishu Book Fair: an oasis of tranquility in a troubled land Small presses and self-publishers left stranded by collapse of Read More …

Publishing Perspectives’ interview with the Beijing IBF’s director. The Hot Sheet’s take on indie author access to China

Given China is by any measure the second largest book market in the world, it should come as no surprise that the Beijing International Book Fair is one of the largest and most important publishing events in the world. To coincide with the event, Publishing Perspectives ran an insightful interview with the Beijing IBF Director, Read More …

Small presses and self-publishers left stranded by collapse of Australian distributor

The collapse of Melbourne-based book distributor Dennis Jones & Associates attracted little attention beyond the Australian industry journals last week, but as the casualties become clear the story has made the Sydney Morning Herald and it’s not a pretty picture. Says the Herald, Dennis Jones & Associates has been the go-between for small publishers and Read More …

India’s prestigious The Hindu children’s books award claims to be awarded “entirely on merit,” and then excludes any titles that are self-published or published digitally

The Hindu Young World-Goodbooks Awards 2019 are open for submissions, but as so often with these awards the prize is off-limits to any authors who aren’t backed by a traditional publisher. Excellence in writing, illustration and publishing will be recognised, says The Hindu, explaining  the awards will also, acknowledge innovative publishing trends. The awards are Read More …

Nigeria’s ebook and music aggregator Publiseer hits 1.5 million music downloads in its first year. Audiobooks and video next

It’s just under a year since Publiseer launched in Nigeria, a plucky start-up with the novel idea of combining ebooks and music on one platform. That came from the simple fact that the company was launched by twins, Chidi and Chika Nwaogu, one an author, one a musician. Publiseer went from launch to profitability in Read More …

Bonnier shifts problem child Type & Tell to Adlibris

When Bonnier Books Nova launched Type & Tell back in 2015 the vision was to tap into the growing Swedish self-publishing market and cherry pick top authors for mainstream publishing. It never really took off in Sweden (just 5,000 registered users) and in early 2017 Bonnier decided to try its arm in the UK, with Read More …

Adrénalivre launches word’s first interactive ebook subscription service

If you know how to use Word, you will be able to write an interactive ebook. Or so says French start-up Adrénalivre, which earlier this year had over 1,000 authors contributing interactive content. Having invested €100,000 in the design and development of interactive story writing software, the start-up has now launched the world’s first subscription Read More …

Cockygate, a KU exodus, and indie author advocacy… The Hot Sheet reviewed

The Hot Sheet is a publishing industry news-sheet for authors, produced every two weeks by Porter Anderson and Jane Friedman, and reviewed here every other Sunday as one of the best bi-weekly industry overviews available to authors. We’re not interested in delivering breaking news, but perspective on stories that are likely to retain meaning for your long-term decision Read More …

Juggernaut India’s answer to Wattpad gets its first movie deal as an injunction against another Juggernaut title is restored

Just a year after the digital publisher Juggernaut launched its self-publishing arm Writing Platform, one of its authors has signed a movie deal. Writing Platform is a variation on Wattpad, where unknown authors can upload their own material, but whereas Wattpad is global, Juggernaut’s version is limited exclusively to residents of the Indian subcontinent. Launched Read More …

Amazon expands UK imprint ambitions as A-Pub holds half the US top ten today. A-Pub has more titles than Bloomsbury, Kensington or HMH if BookStat numbers are correct

At noon today (GMT) five of the top ten slots in the Kindle charts were taken by Lake Union (2), Montlake Romance (2) and Thomas & Mercer (1) – all publishing imprints of Amazon. With the launch of Topple in February, the number of Amazon imprints reached eighteen. Amazon is already fielding more titles than Kensington, Read More …

As Netflix prepares to stream one Wattpad novel, another is snapped up by Hulu, while a third is at casting

On Friday Netflix will commence streaming a contemporary teen romance that is, according to International Business Times, the first English-language film adapted from a Wattpad story. Wattpad of course is well known for its TV shows in the Philippines, 7 million users in the Philippines as Wattpad’s Tencent-backed Asia plans step up a gear and Read More …

UK Spring First in Series Sale. AU / NZ Mothers Day Price Promo. May Buy 2 Thrillers Get 1 Free Sale. A snapshot of Kobo’s little known Promotions feature for indie authors

On the indie author circuit discussion about how to promote self-published ebooks is prevalent everywhere. Understandably the focus is on Amazon, as the biggest ebook retailer in the US and UK, and of course Amazon famously offers certain promotional features through KDP, such as the ability to list at $0.00 for five days in a Read More …

Denmark’s Saxo Premium caters “for all the different ways we read books today”

Denmark’s largest online bookstore Saxo this week launches its new Saxo Premium club, offering deep discounts on print books alongside unlimited access to over 30,000 ebooks and audiobooks. As a Premium member, you can listen freely to audiobooks when you are doing everyday tasks, read e-books on your travels without having to pay extra weight Read More …

Did Amazon’s Audible inadvertently create the current royalties mess by incentivizing listeners to skip forward in the audiobook? – The Hot Sheet reviewed. First March edition

The Hot Sheet is a publishing industry news-sheet for authors, produced every two weeks by Porter Anderson and Jane Friedman, and reviewed here every other Sunday as one of the best bi-weekly industry overviews available to authors. We’re not interested in delivering breaking news, but perspective on stories that are likely to retain meaning for your long-term decision Read More …

Thailand’s Ookbee transitions from ebook store to digital lifestyle platform

Ookbee has come – and gone – a long way since its emergence as Thailand’s primary ebook store in 2011. Today Ookbee’s growing empire spreads across five countries in SE Asia, and after a brief but unsuccessful foray into physical goods with a partnership with Japan’s Transcosmos, Ookbee is now comfortably focused doing what it Read More …

As Netflix launches its first Arab content, and the Riyadh Book Fair and the Saudi Comic Con loom, is Saudi Arabia’s publishing industry worth $1.3 bn?

The president of the Saudi Publishers Association, Ahmed Al Hamdan, this week valued the Saudi Arabian publishing industry at 5 billion SAR ($1.3 billion), but just what that valuation entails remains unclear. In an exclusive interview with the Saudi business daily Al Eqtisadiah (The Economy), Al Hamdan said the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia “ranked #1 in Read More …

Kindle Snapshot: 8 out of Top 10 ebooks in the Kindle US store are Amazon imprint titles this morning

Probably the single most unforeseen consequence of the digital revolution in publishing was that mainstream publishers would soon be competing not just with countless “indie authors” successfully self-publishing their works, but that mainstream publishers would be directly competing with their biggest retailer. It all seemed so improbable when Amazon started its first imprint back in Read More …

Fewer German readers buy ebooks in Germany. Unit sales rise, revenue falls for second year running. Or so a survey says.

The latest report from the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels, which publishes quarterly reports in cooperation with GfK Entertainment, sends out mixed messages about the state of the German ebook market. On the one hand, unit sales were up one million to 29.1 million, and purchase intensity (how many ebooks were bought per active consumer) was Read More …

Primento says Belgian ebook market up 43% in 2017, with zero growth from Apple and Google Play, 98% growth from Kobo

The Brussels International Book Fair is underway in Belgium, and one Belgian aggregator has shared its numbers. It’s not clear how much Brussels based Primento’s numbers reflect the wider Belgian digital market, but Primento itself 2017 saw a 45% rise in sales in the home market. That’s according to ID Boox, which, quoting Primento’s numbers, Read More …