Over 5 million visitors spend over $5 million at India’s 2019 book fairs. And we’re only halfway through February

India’s Kolkata International Book Fair wound up earlier this week and the numbers are in: 2.3 million visitors spent 230 million rupees (US$ 3.2 million) on books in twelve days. Given the price of books in India the volume must have been huge. This just weeks after 900,000 turned out to the New Delhi World Book Read More …

Organisers of the first Krithi International Book Fair in India “go gaga” as 700,000 visitors buy $2.6 million of books in ten days

It’s a common theme here at TNPS that many of the so-called nascent book markets are actually potential hotbeds of booklovers with cash to splash, if only publishers could surmount the twin hurdles of distribution and awareness. In countries where distribution infrastructure is lacking, access to books tends to centre on a handful of viable Read More …