South Africa govt. to step up state publishing programme, threatening future of local publishers

Earlier this year TNPS reported on a move by the Rwandan government to bring its educational publishing programme in-house, putting the future of local publishers at risk. African publishers pay the price for putting all their eggs in one basket Now South Africa looks set to follow suit. Zimasa Velaphi, chief director of communications and Read More …

Guadalajara International Book Fair visitor numbers top 815,000. Mexico book fair attendance exceeds 1.3 million in past month

More on the Guadalajara International Book Fair this coming week as I get time to digest the latest reports and sift through the fluff to find the details that matter. Here just to say that as the event closed, total visitor numbers exceeded 815,000, so pretty much in line with expectations. As reported here in Read More …

Kolkata International Book Fair asks Pakistan PM Imran Khan to support Pakistan participation

India-Pakistan relations have always been strained, but one might be surprised to learn that the Kolkata International Book Fair (KIBF) organisers wrote to the Pakistan National Book Foundation two months ago inviting Pakistani publisher participation, and got no reply. Now the Indian Publishers and Booksellers Guild Secretary Tridib Chatterjee has written directly to Iran Khan, Read More …

As the International Children’s Content Rights Fair ends in Thailand, Big Bad Wolf takes centre-stage

The International Children’s Content Rights Fair (ICCRF) in Chiang Mai winds up its four-day run today (Sunday December 2). Focussed on children’s content from ASEAN publishers and rights deals between ASEAN countries and the wider world, the ICCRF seeks to open up new opportunities in South East Asia. Regulars here at TNPS will know my views Read More …

1.5 million people attended book fairs in Colombia in 2018, buying 1.1 million books not recorded by the retail sector

It’s official from the Book Fairs Network of Colombia. One and a half million people turned out to book fairs and festivals across the country in 2018 and bought over one million books that will not show up in the national book retailer reports. The 5th meeting of la Red de Ferias del Libro de Read More …

Storytel confirms Bulgaria launch for 2018. At least six new markets in 2019 (inc. Brazil and Singapore). Mofibo ebooks to come under Storytel brand

Although we don’t have the date yet, it’s now official that Storytel will be launching in Bulgaria this year, and as there’s only this month to go it now seems certain Storytel Bulgaria will formally be announced in the Bulgarian capital at the Sofia Literary Festival (11-16 December), running in tandem with the Sofia International Read More …

Ebooks sales up 21% in Mexico as print sales slump

With Mexico’s biggest book fair, FIL Guadalajara, well under way, news comes that ebook sales are up and print down. The revelation came at a press conference at which the National Chamber of the Mexican Publishing Industry, CANIEM, announced full 2017 figures and 2018 estimates for book production and sales. CANIEM President Carlos Anaya Rosique Read More …

30,000 expected at Russia’s Non-Fiction Book Fair, which starts today

The 20th edition of Russia’s Non-Fiction Book Fair kicks off today for a five day run in the Central House of Artists in the capital, Moscow. Italy is the guest of honour at the event, one of twenty participating countries this year. Those will be Belgium, Germany, Greece, Denmark, Hungary, Israel, India, Iceland, Spain, Italy, Read More …

Despite censorship controversy Kuwait International Book Fair attracted 300,000 visitors. MENA on target for 10-15 million visitors this Arab book fair season

The Kuwait News Agency report extolling the success of the 43rd Kuwait International Book Fair carefully avoided any reference to the censorship controversy that beleaguered the event. But it did mention that the Minister of Information and Minister of State for Youth Affairs Mohammad Al-Jabri  had held, a meeting with the organizers to go over Read More …

In the fight against Storytel, Denmark’s JP/Politikens Hus acquires Danish online bookshop Saxo.com

The acquisition, subject to regulatory authority approval, of Denmark’s largest online bookstore Saxo by minority stake-holder JP/Politikens Hus has repercussions beyond the Danish border. If the translation is accurate, Saxo’s Jørgen Balle Olesen said in a press release, I hand over the keys to JP / Politikens Hus with a mixture of pride and vodka. Fortunately, Read More …