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 …

HarperCollins adds its catalogue to India’s Juggernaut app

HarperCollins will be launching its catalogue on the Juggernaut app this summer as the company seeks to embrace the potential of the India digital books market. HarperCollins publishes some of the finest and most read books in the world – and we are delighted to be selling these on our platform and working closely with Read More …

Six weeks after the world’s longest book fair ended Bangladesh is at it again

Happy New Year! In Bangladesh, that is, where 1425 has just begun, and among myriad celebrations to celebrate the New Year is a ten day book fair organised by the Bangla Academy. A book fair in Bangladesh? If you’re new here you could be forgiven for wondering if they even have bookstores in Bangladesh, such Read More …

Ten global publishing stories not to be missed. 11 April 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. But if you’re reading TNPS in the first place you probably share my obsession with all things international publishing, and would no doubt enjoy Read More …

May’s Tehran International Book Fair will showcase 141,000 European and Arabic language books. Millions of dollars worth of books will be sold

Saeed Abedini, managing director of Iranian International Publishers Association, is reporting that alongside the Persian titles at the Tehran International Book Fair this year will be 109,000 titles in European languages and a further 32,000 titles in Arabic. The eleven-day Tehran fair kicks off May 2 and is expected to see at least two million Read More …

Kenya’s eKitabu and USA’s SIL LEAD win the Book Boost: Access To All Challenge

Improving literacy is a challenge in even the richest and most stable monolingual countries. For less-developed countries where multiple languages are the norm the challenges are that much more difficult, even in otherwise stable societies. The provision of books is of course a key part of any programme to improving literacy, but print books are Read More …

Big Bad Wolf Sri Lanka set for June

This is breaking news from Colombo, and I’ll come back with more retails as they emerge. What we know so far is the the first Big Bad Wolf book sale in Colombo last October was a huge success, and this year the event is being brought forward to June. Last year 1.5 million books were Read More …

Penguin Random House India asks Bangladeshi authors to write in English

I so hate this time of year. April Fool’s Day is a minefield for international news, where time zones painfully elongate the period in which improbable news stories may or may not be true, leaving me needing to treble-check sources and then I’m still juggling the odds I’ve fallen for some prank news story. So Read More …

JCB launches a new prize for Indian literature

JCB is probably best known for its delightful yellow earthmoving and construction equipment, the stuff of every young boy’s dreams. But this year and onwards JCB is also going to become a part of every Indian author’s dreams, as it launches the JCB prize for Literature. JCB of course is not noted for its appreciation Read More …

Nepal’s publishing boom is print focussed as ebooks continue to struggle

The Himalayan country of Nepal is probably not on the radar of most western authors and publishers, but with more people than Australia, and over half the population online, it could be an exciting opportunity. Right now Nepal is experiencing something of a publishing boom, in print at least. But despite 16 million people connecting Read More …

Ten global publishing stories not to be missed. 6 March 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. I also have a rule that I don’t repeat a story published elsewhere on the western publishing circuit unless I can offer some additional Read More …

Pakistan’s Shehr-e-Kitab City of Books to be replicated in Karachi after “overwhelming response” in Islamabad. But when is anyone’s guess

Almost two years after Pakistan’s first Shehr-e-Kitab opened in May 2016, the promised follow-up “Cities of Books” in Peshawar and Karachi have yet to materialize, and hopeful Pakistani  readers would be ill-advised to hold their breath while waiting following the latest announcement from Advisor to PM Irfan Siddiqui. The Shehr-e-Kitab project is a brave attempt Read More …

The Punjab gets 20 new digital libraries, but easy access to ebooks is still a distant dream in Pakistan

While Pakistan has had digital libraries for much of this century (the Higher Education Commission launched the National Digital Library programme  in 2004) ebooks remain rare in the country, with the Big 5 western ebook retailers indifferent and local players yet to emerge. The latest news from the Punjab that twenty e-libraries have been established Read More …