Coimbature Book Festival attracts 125,000 visitors and sells $218,000 of books amid claims social media and smartphones are destroying the reading habit

The fifth Coimbatore Book Festival has run its course and once again the nonsense talked about how smartphones are drawing people away from reading has hit a reality check. More people buying books. More than 1.25 lakh (125,000) people visited the 10-day Coimbatore Book Festival which wound up at the weekend, with business worth Rs 1.5 crore Read More …

India’s Coimbatore Book Fair launches amid more nonsense about how social media and smartphones are killing the reading habit. It really is time publishers took the blinkers off

Summer is a quiet time in the Indian book fair scene, with the mega-events that attract millions of visitors tending to cluster around winter-spring, but there are some exceptions, and one is kicking off tomorrow, July 19. Organised by the Coimbatore District Small Industries Association (CODISSIA) and the Booksellers and Publishers Association of South India Read More …

The India book market remains “a giant in slumber” as new taxes hit imports amid rising paper prices

In an ill-considered move aimed at protecting the domestic publishing industry, the Indian government has imposed a 5% tax on imported paper books. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced the new duties on Friday (domestic print books remain zero-rated) to a dismayed audience of publishers and publishing stakeholders. The tax on uncoated and lightweight paper was Read More …

Breaking News +++ Nigeria now has more internet users than any country in Europe. India has over a half billion people online

The March 2019 internet user updates are in for some countries and the numbers bear out TNPS expectations. Nigeria, previously reported as having 98 million online – more than any country in Europe except Russia – has now leapfrogged the Eurasian giant. Against Russia’s 109 million, Nigeria now has 111 million people online, making it Read More …

India’s Kerala Lit Fest numbers confirmed: 260,000 visitors in January

By Indian standards a quarter million visitors to a book festival is actually not that amazing. Some Indian book fairs can attract eight times that figure. But this was only the third incarnation of the Kerala Literature Festival and I’ve been eagerly awaiting the final visitor count, which comes this week via the bi-monthly Indian Read More …

At Zee Jaipur Lit Fest French Ambassador awards Romain Rolland Prize for translation from French to Indian local languages

In our Anglophone-centric  publishing world it’s easy to lose sight of the bigger picture of the Global New Renaissance unfolding, and to build a faux impression that the world of translations is all about translating English to other languages and other languages to English. But important as English is on the global publishing stage, it Read More …

Start The Day Global – 5 Not to be Missed Publishing Stories from Around the World

Unusually we Start the Day Global today in Michigan, USA, where this delightful story caught my eye over at Publishers Weekly. Girls of the Crescent: Teen Sisters Promote Stories of Muslim Girls When sisters Mena and Zena Nasiri, both avid teen readers, noticed a dearth of YA books featuring Muslim females like themselves, they took Read More …

India’s “perfect”, “phenomenal”, “best ever”, “significant”, “watershed” year in publishing

Regulars here at TNPS perhaps won’t be so surprised by the headline. I’ve long said India is publishing’s brightest prospect. And 2018 seems to have been the tipping point at which India shifted from being just another nascent market to a publishing priority. First some headline grabbing quotes from Indian publishers courtesy of The New Read More …

Iran debuts, but Pakistan won’t be at the 43rd Kolkata IBF. Can 2018’s 2.2 million visitors and $3.17 million in book sales be beaten?

Between 6-8 million people are expected to attend book fairs and festivals in India this January-February as the Indian book fair season steps up a gear. Today TNPS takes a look at how the new year is shaping up for India’s booklovers amid rising tensions between India and Pakistan and Sharjah’s presence at New Delhi.. Read More …

As India’s Niyogi Books prepares to launch its first Hindi titles next month, the company sees digital as an ally, not a threat

For a paper-importing country like India, rising paper prices pose a more serious challenge in coming years than online price discounting and the rise of ebooks. As Indian publishers strive to find and retain readers in a price-sensitive market so these challenges mount. Some, it seems, prefer the ostrich approach to dealing with arising problems: Read More …

“The craze for books is increasing every year.” India’s 32nd annual Hyderabad Book Fair attracts 35,000 on first day. One million expected

By a quirk of fate this is the second annual Hyderabad Book Fair this year, after the 31st Hyderabad Book Fair, scheduled for December 2017, has to be postponed until January of this year. The 32nd incarnation, which opened December 15, gets the event back to its regular end of year schedule. Hyderabad Book Fair 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 …

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 …

India’s North East Book Fair sees heavy footfall but few buyers for local-language titles

The Northeast Book Fair, held under the aegis of the All Assam Publishers and Book Sellers Association, wound up its twelve day run yesterday. No final figures yet (I’ll update with any further news) but at the half-way point AAPBSA general secretary Dhiraj Goswami had said visitor numbers had exceeded 80,000 and sales worth Rs. Read More …

Amazon finally launches Audible in India, almost a year after Storytel. Sticks to one audiobook subscription model against Storytel’s unlimited ebooks and audio

Impossible to second-guess why this took so long – the expectation was early 2018 – but Amazon has finally launched a beta version of Audible in India, and it has stuck to its standard model despite an almost year long head start by rival Storytel. Sweden’s Storytel beats Amazon’s Audible to the India audiobook market 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 …

Start The Day Global – 29 September 2018

We start the day global today in the USA, where Ron Charles in the Washington Post asked, Do we still need Banned Books Week? Charles, according to Joni Di Placido, writing for the Kobo Writing Life blog, argued that book banning is largely confined to our repressive past. Charles here presumably (the OP is behind 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 …

Mark Williams At Large

So many stories slide across my desk that I’ve commented on briefly elsewhere, usually with the self-publishing audience in mind, but that haven’t warranted full TNPS posts. Here’s a selection.  + + + If its September it must be time for the Pakistan book fair season. It kicks off with Paramount’s 30th annual ten-day book 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 …