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 …

Iran’s Association of Islamic Revolution Publishers’ Seyyed Ali Andarzgu Literary Awards seeks to keep history in line with state policy

The Seyyed Ali Andarzgu Literary Awards were launched this week by Iran’s Association of Islamic Revolution Publishers, with the objective to honour books about the 1979 Iranian Revolution that overthrew the Shah and instated an Islamic Republic. Named after Seyyed Ali Andarzgu, a revolutionary who was killed by the SAVAK intelligence services in 1978 the Read More …

Penguin Random House India to publish 12 new titles in English from Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen

Ranging from autobiographical writings to essays, fiction, short stories, and poetry, Taslima Nasreen’s work has long been accompanied by controversy, and the new titles to be published under the Hamish Hamilton imprint of Penguin Random House India from 2021 are likely to follow suit. Nasreen’s previous 43 books, translated into 30 languages, have been especially Read More …

320,000 visitors. 6,000 copyright agreements. 5G author holograms. Beijing’s 26th Int. Book Fair hailed a success and a gateway to Asia

The fun is over and the reckoning begins. The 26th Beijing International Book Fair was by all accounts a tremendous success, not withstanding the shadows of Hong Kong and the US-China trade war. It’s unclear what, if any, impact the situation in Hong Kong had on the Beijing IBF, but we can safely say the Read More …

Celebrating English and Portuguese literature, the first Macondo Literary Festival is set for September in Kenya

Named after the fictional town in Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude, “a place where magical things happen,” the Macondo Literary Festival will debut in Nairobi from 27 to 29 September 2019. The event seeks to, promote literature and authors of and from Africa beyond linguistic borders, to initiate and encourage the engagement of a Read More …

Storytel to launch in Colombia September 1 as Storytel’s Latin America strategy takes shape

It may be run from Mexico, but in a few days time Storytel will formally launch in Colombia, its second Latin America market, and one of three now planned for this year. It was back in May 2018, some fifteen months ago, that TNPS broke the news of Jonas Tellander’s Latin America ambitions. Back then Read More …

“People who buy audiobooks buy more print books than people who don’t buy audiobooks” – Audible

Variety this week carries the news that Amazon’s Audible is hiring top Hollywood names to narrate its original audiobooks. Which is fair enough given this is a Hollywood story. What’s a little surprising is the coverage the story is getting in the publishing industry media. Celebrities narrating audiobooks is nothing new, but it seems anything Read More …

Start The Day Global with a Muslim superhero; Trinidad & Tobago’s Carifesta;  The Philippines Comic Con; and Barnes & Noble’s reputation

Marvel has confirmed a Muslim superhero named Ms Marvel – Pakistani-American teenager Kamala Khan – will star in a live-action series on Disney+. Very few details available right now, and one can only wonder if this is more about political correctness and the need to appear “inclusive”, rather than a genuine realisation the world needs Read More …

Celebrating its first anniversary, Singapore’s mobile reading app Dreame is another example of the millions of invisible global digital readers outside mainstream publishing

“Show Your Girl Power” is the topic of to a writing competition to mark the successful first anniversary of the Singapore-based mobile reading app Dreame, owned private equity firm STARY. For those interested, the competition submissions in which “authors can create their ideal female characters and heroines” are open until November 1, but submissions must Read More …

Egypt’s Dar Altanweer acquires rights to debut Canadian thriller. But seizing global opportunities is still rare in the Arab markets

Being a former publicity manager at Penguin Canada has proven to be an asset for debut author Ashley Audrain. Described as a literary thriller, The Push is making waves globally, with Cairo’s publishing house Dar Altanweer snapping up the Arabic rights despite no sales history for the title or author. Dar Altanweer’s partner Sherif-Joseph Rizk, reported Arab Read More …

South African Book Fair makes reading fun. Other book fairs might want to take notes

The 2019 South African Book Fair is looming, and while some book fairs seem like they try to be as boring as possible, South Africa takes things a little less seriously, and, in the words of the Sunday Times, puts the fun back into reading, with an event that is, jam-packed with activities that combine fun with a Read More …

Peace in our time. Storytel and Bonnier sign three-year armistice. Consumers and authors are the winners, says Tellander

The problem with the subscription model is, for publishers, remuneration rates. In an all-you-can-eat model as offered to consumers by Sweden-based global digital books subscription service Storytel, paying a fixed rate per download or portion of a title read or listened to is never a viable long-term option. The USA’s Oyster famously collapsed because payments Read More …

80 million invisible booklovers redux. Wattpad partners with global streaming service Viu to develop Wattpad stories as Viu original content

Operating in 17 markets – Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, India, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Myanmar, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and  UAE, and newly launched in South Africa, OTT video streaming service Viu has partnered with the digital-first mobile reading app Wattpad to create original content from Wattpad’s hundreds of thousands of online Read More …

India’s StoryWeaver introduces first comic book as platform exceeds 15,000 titles in 200 languages

Part of India’s Pratham Books, StoryWeaver is the largest of a number of open-source platforms dedicated to providing free content in multiple languages, including indigenous languages most publishers have no interest in, aimed at school and pre-school children. This month, runs a StoryWeaver announcement, we have added more storybooks in languages like, Marwari, Surjapuri, Korku Read More …

Wattpad’s 80 million users are part of the invisible and untapped global digital-first readership many publishers are oblivious to

Several industry reports carry the Wattpad press release announcing the Toronto-based company has added ten million new users this year, a 23% expansion taking its total user base to 80 million people spending 22 billion minutes each month on the site. From the press release: Wattpad, the global multi-platform entertainment company for original stories, today Read More …