India’s oldest pavement bookseller turns his final page, but the Chennai street bookstore goes on

If you’re a booklover and you’ve ever been to India’s Chennai then chances are you’ve seen, and perhaps chatted to, RK Alwar, the white-bearded old man to be seen sat in front of the street bookstore known affectionately as Alwar Kadai (Alwar’s shop). Sadly the old man himself passed away this week, aged 95, after Read More …

600,000 visitors at Pakistan’s Karachi IBF, but publishers and IT Minister do not yet see digital as a way forward in a country with more people online than Spain

With visitors averaging 120,000 a day the Pakistan Publishers and Booksellers’ Association (PPBA) is understandably happy with the turnout for the 14th Karachi International Book Fair, equaling the 2017 record of 0.6 million. And next year promises to be bigger still. PPBA Chairman Aziz Khalid, announcing the dates for 2019 (December 5-9 – this year’s 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 …

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 …

India’s Chennai Book Fair sets the pace for 2019, extends duration and aims for 2 million visitors in January

The rise and rise of book fairs and festivals around the world has been a central theme of TNPS this past year, in blatant defiance of the doom and gloom mongers who insist interest in books is on the wane. The reality of course is that books and reading have never been more popular, but Read More …

Online bookstore Kitab Yatra launched in Nepal

Nepal’s population of close to 30 million spread out across the Himalayan republic presents its own unique logistical problems for bookstores and publishers. The capital, Kathmandu, is the largest city with just 1.5 million residents (3 million for the wider urban area) and the next biggest city, Pokhara, comes in with a population of just Read More …

Bangladesh Book Fair in Kolkata sets the scene for Kolkata IBF and the Amar Ekushey Boi Mela

On any given day there are more book fairs and festivals happening around the world than anyone could keep track of, where readers, authors and publishers congregate, seemingly oblivious to our quaint western notion that, if books aren’t being sold in bookstores or on Amazon then, well, nobody in that country reads. Take the 8th Read More …

Amazon finally adds 5 Indian languages to KDP for ebook self-publishers. POD still not an option

It’s almost two years since Amazon allowed mainstream publishers to upload ebooks to the Kindle store in five Indian languages: Hindi, Tamil, Marathi, Gujarati, and Malayalam. Indie authors writing in those languages were put in the ridiculous position of having to upload to Amazon via a third party aggregator to get slice of the action. Read More …

Start The Day Global – 5 October 2018

We Start The Day Global today with e-visits to Botswana, India, Brazil, Kuwait and the UK. First, this from twitter. This is Sebilo Books advocating its readers to head along to Goodreads to find their next read. We’ve all heard of Goodreads, of course. Sebilo Books? That’s a small publisher in Botswana in southern Africa. Read More …

Frankfurt takes centre-stage this month, but the India book fair season is also underway

The India book fair season is picking up momentum as the summer rains recede. India hosts at least 200 book fairs and festivals every year, and while Germany’s Frankfurt will be getting all the media attention this month India has a busy schedule too. Here’s just a few. Tomorrow (October 6) the two-day Noida International Read More …

Unlearning gender stereotypes – India’s Neev Lit Fest draws parents, teachers into the children’s book conversation

While book fairs and festivals in India are booming, events dedicated to children’s books are still few and far between. The Neev Literature Festival that runs from September 27-29 will be bucking that trend. The festival, hosted by Neev Academy, an International Baccalaureate school in Yemalur, Bengaluru, explains The Hindu, pushes the boundaries by focussing 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 …

Pakistan’s Government asked to intervene to combat falling sales. But National Book Foundation’s Javed says “Books do sell well in Pakistan”

With imported paper costs rising, and book piracy rife, Pakistan’s Government is being urged to set up a committee to oversee book prices. Bigger publishers, especially, are having to hike list prices of their books to cover the cost and taxes on quality imported paper. Bizarrely, in a country where there are so few ebook Read More …

Mumbai’s 3rd Word To Screen Market at the Mumbai Film Festival

While some publishers are looking to blame Netflix and binge TV watching for declining readers numbers, those that have books that are also films or TV know that actually, Netflix is the publishing world’s best friend, and is boosting publisher revenue by taking book content to new audiences. In India the Mumbai Film Festival is Read More …

Juggernaut partners with China’s content-sharing app SHAREit to get Juggernaut Books in front of 400 million Indians

It was a year ago this month that China’s content-sharing app SHAREit crossed the all-important 1 billion user mark, at that time with 300 million on board in India. Fast forward a year, and now with 400 million Indian users, and India’s premier digital publishing outfit Juggernaut Books has partnered with SHAREit to deliver video Read More …

Ten global publishing stories not to be missed. 11 July 2018 collation

The global publishing market has never been more exciting, and every day myriad publishing stories cross my screen that I’d love to develop here at TNPS, but there simply isn’t time. They do make the TNPS twitter feed. Follow TNPS on twitter here: @thenewpubstd. But twitter is an ephemeral beast. Blink and you miss it. Read More …

India’s Neyveli Book Fair sees 200,000 visitors spend less than in 2017 – a rare reversal of a global trend

While there’s no question the trend in international book fairs is more visitors spending more cash on more books, there are of course exceptions, and this year India’s Neyveli Book Fair has proven to be one of them. By some accounts vendors are reporting takings down between 25%-40% compared to 2017, despite beating footfall expectations, Read More …

Books on wheels in Kabul – Afghanistan’s first mobile library is a small solution to a big problem

Few of us in the west can imagine the struggles faced every day in the Afghan capital, Kabul, where every time you or your children step out in public, even to somewhere as innocuous as a public library, might be the last thing you do. With the Taliban and Islamic State treating little children as Read More …

Ten global publishing stories not to be missed. 5 June 2018 collation

The global publishing market has never been more exciting, and every day myriad publishing stories cross my screen that I’d love to develop here at TNPS, but there simply isn’t time. They do make the TNPS twitter feed, however. Follow TNPS on twitter here: @thenewpubstd. But twitter is an ephemeral beast. If you’re reading TNPS Read More …

7 million users in the Philippines as Wattpad’s Tencent-backed Asia plans step up a gear

The Philippines has long been one of Wattpad’s strongholds, but this month comes news from Manila Bulletin that fully 7 million of Wattpad’s 65+ million users around the world are from that one country. After the latest $51 million round of Wattpad funding in January, with a substantial portion coming from China’s Tencent – Tencent Read More …