Storytel finally launches in Brazil, hard on the heels of the low-key Confama partnership in Colombia

Later than anticipated, Storytel finally launches in Brazil in what it its second full country presence in Latin America, but its third operation in the region if you count the partnership with Confama in Colombia. And by extension Storytel’s 18th full country presence, or 19th if Colombia is counted. It would seem that for now Read More …

The emergence of a Nation: Romani Literature to debut with a Gipsy Pavilion at the Frankfurt Book Fair

Calling itself part of Europe’s largest minority group (25 million people), the International Roma Writers Union (IRWA) will make its first appearance at the Frankfurt Book fair this year, taking its rightful place as part of Europe’s cultural heritage. According to a press release the International Roma Writers Union is the, only professional organisation for Read More …

Digital now accounts for 23% of the Norwegian book market as book sales increase across the board, with print fiction up 42%

One of the elegant beauties of digital is that it drives interest in all books, not just the format. Digital offers consumers new discovery points and streaming services give consumers the chance to try new authors at no risk, that lead to new sales across formats. The latest example comes from Norway where first quarter Read More …

Big Bad Wolf returns to Dubai in October, with 3 million books

Very few details available right now, but with one month to go it’s now official that Big Bad Wolf, the Malaysia-based flash-book-sale operation that takes literally millions of English-language books to countries that routinely do not speak English, is back in the UAE in October for its second run. As with the debut event in Read More …

India’s Pratham Books “Doubles the Fun” as it marks International Literacy Day with its annual One Day, One Story event

September 8 is International Literacy Day, and around the world events are happening to mark the occasion and boost awareness of the issue. The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) include, at #4, the target of achieving literacy around the world, and while of course that includes adult literacy, the key to a literate world is Read More …

Marvel Avengers comic banned at Brazil’s Rio book fair because of a gay kiss

Avengers: The Children’s Crusade, published between 2010-12 in the US, has been available in Brazil in Portuguese, without controversy, as Vingadores: A Cruzada Das Crianças, since 2016 through Editorial Salvat and Panini Comics. That is, until this week at the Rio Biennial (the Rio International Book Fair) when the Mayor of Rio, Marcelo Crivella, came Read More …

Culture Minister leads call to embrace the digital opportunity at the Ghana International Book Fair

The 17th Ghana International Book Fair (GIBF) has not long wound up, and by all accounts it was a vibrant and rewarding event, not withstanding a dark cloud emerging over publishers holding unwanted school textbooks. With the theme “Reaching the World Market through Effective Book Distribution Networks” it was inevitable the question of the digital Read More …

Netflix Belgium’s first Original is from a Polish book. Far from video streaming killing off publishing, it is driving the Global New Renaissance

It was never going to stand up to scrutiny, but whenever publisher sales dip an excuse is rolled out to explain it’s not the industry’s fault. Elections, screen fatigue, social media, bingeing on Netflix… Maybe the publishing industry spokesfolk tasked with putting a spin on the bad news should just number the excuses. Sales down Read More …

“Publish Africa – the digital advantage” # 6 is now available

The joint StreetLib-TNPS bi-weekly B2B newsletter Publish Africa – the digital advantage released its sixth edition today. Publish Africa is a bi-weekly review of the Pan-African publishing scene across all formats, but with an unashamed tilt towards the digital opportunity unfolding. If you’re not a subscriber you can find the latest edition here. To subscribe, Read More …

A library on a bus – Rwanda Bookmobile Initiative is a great idea, but its argument against digital is flawed and unnecessary

Targetting remote primary schools, and carrying books in Kinyarwanda, French, and English, NGO Rwanda Bookmobile Initiative is a mobile library taking books to parts of the country where books are hard to come by. There’s little to fault and much to praise in this initiative, launched last week. Pacifique Mahirwe, Director of Rwanda Bookmobile Initiative, Read More …

Asia Foundation launches Let’s Read Project in Myanmar

Let’s Read is an initiative by the Asia Foundation to bring the joy of reading to children across Asia who otherwise do not have easy access to books. In many parts of the world “book scarcity” is a major obstacle to social development and literacy because young children who might otherwise learn to read simply Read More …

“Save the city’s poetry!” Interactive poetry library on a tram this month in Romanian capital Bucharest

From September 10 through October 1 in the Romanian capital Bucharest a poetry tram will be running around the city tracks bringing poetic joy and fun to the people of the city. Romania-Insider reports that the Poetry Tram project is being organised by Arta nu Muşcă (Art Doesn’t Bite), in partnership with the Bucharest City Hall and Read More …

VIMN launches Nickelodeon ebook subscription service BooKids in France

Launching with 200 titles, and aiming to add ten new titles each month, BooKids by Nickleodeon is a new ebook subscription service from Viacom International Media Networks. Costing US$7.60 (€6.99) per month and available on Android and iOS and also as an add-on through VIMN’s pay-TV partners, BooKids by Nickelodeon, provides mobile subscribers with access Read More …

Amid newly found stability and hope in the Brazilian book market, the Rio Biennial expects 600,000 visitors to buy 5.5 million books in 10 days

August has seen yet another stable month for book sales in Brazil, despite the on-going bankruptcy crises of two of the biggest bookstore chains, Saraiva and Cultura. PublishNews reports the latest monthly figures from Nielsen and the National Book Publishers Union as showing a steady if painful shift to stability. From July 15 to August Read More …

Nigeria’s Copyright Commission calls on schools to avoid buying pirated text books

The Nigerian Publishers Association and the Nigerian Copyright Commission organised a meeting at the Education Resource Centre in Abuja, calling for schools to be more careful where they bought their textbooks. The Nigerian Copyright Commission Director General John Ohireime Asein, explaining the loss piracy caused to both publishers and authors, said, It is an unauthorised Read More …

Big Bad Wolf returns to Sri Lanka in October with 1.5 million books

Details are sparse at this point, but Big Bad Wolf will be returning to Sri Lanka for its third year, taking 1.5 million English-language books to Colombo. Already this year Big Bad Wolf has put on over 20 of its massive book sales, selling million of books to millions of eager visitors. 25 million books Read More …

StreetLib-TNPS deliver an online presentation on Ghana’s digital publishing opportunity to mark the Ghana International Book Fair

The Ghana International Book Fair is underway in Accra, and to mark the event, TNPS and parent company StreetLib have produced an updated version of our March presentation on the African digital opportunity, geared to the Ghana publishing industry. TNPS is not a promotional vehicle for StreetLib services, but occasionally StreetLib news and joint StreetLib-TNPS Read More …

India’s Madurai Book Fair expects 300,000 visitors to buy 1.5 million books. Just another quiet India book fair…

The 14th annual Madurai Book fair is underway in India, running through until September 9. Organised by the Booksellers and Publishers Association of South India (BAPSI) this year’s fair has over 250 stalls, of which 149 are devoted to Tamil books and 67 to English titles, with seven multimedia stalls. The Times of India reports that Read More …

Publish MENA – the digital advantage #3 is now available

The joint StreetLib-TNPS bi-weekly newsletter Publish MENA – the digital advantage released its third issue today.  Publish MENA is a bi-weekly review of the Middle East North Africa Arab publishing scene across all formats, but with an unashamed tilt towards the digital opportunity unfolding.

De Marque acquires Feedbook assets including the Feedbook digital books catalogue for $0.25 million, taking De Marque to 1.4 million titles

Paying just 230,000 euros (US$ 254,000) for the assets of the collapsed ebook store Feedbooks, the Canadian digital distributor De Marque has at a stroke just added 900,00 titles to its catalogue. There’s more to this story than at first meets the eye, so let me start with, at some length, the upbeat press release Read More …