600,000 visitors at Pakistan’s Karachi IBF, but publishers and IT Minister do not yet see digital as a way forward in a country with more people online than Spain

With visitors averaging 120,000 a day the Pakistan Publishers and Booksellers’ Association (PPBA) is understandably happy with the turnout for the 14th Karachi International Book Fair, equaling the 2017 record of 0.6 million. And next year promises to be bigger still. PPBA Chairman Aziz Khalid, announcing the dates for 2019 (December 5-9 – this year’s Read More …

New Urdu digital dictionary “the biggest treasure in Pakistan’s literary history”

When it comes to a nation’s literature, we take it for granted that dictionaries of the country’s language(s) will be available. And in the twenty-first century it’s also a given those dictionaries will be available online. Well, it is in some parts of the world. But Pakistan has only this past week got its first Read More …

Pakistan 3G/4G users hit 46 million. Ebooks widely unavailable as Big 5 ebook retailers look the other way.

We’re just weeks away from the 13th Karachi International Book Fair in Pakistan (7-11 December) and it’s a safe bet that, despite Pakistan having 46 million 3G/4G subscribers and 141 million mobile phone users, and despite being the third largest English-speaking country on the planet, ebooks will not be on the agenda. Reporting on the Read More …