KDP doesn’t support Vietnamese so why are Vietnamese publishers being told Amazon is coming and the sky is falling?

There’s no question Amazon is, in a handful of western countries, a powerful player in the publishing industry, whether through its slow rise to become the dominant online retailer of print books, or its meteoric rise to become the dominant purveyor of ebooks. To which we can throw in the rise of the company’s own Read More …

Sunday of Love’s 1001 libraries for Vietnamese hamlets project

Vietnam’s Sunday of Love group has been helping connect the street children of Ho Chi Minh City with books since 2007, but only in 2014 was the first of the “1001 libraries in remote hamlets” built, in Binh Phuoc province. Now there are more than 200 micro-libraries nationwide, fielding from 300 to 1000 books where Read More …

1 million visitors expected as the Ho Chi Minh City Book Festival gets underway in Vietnam, with 300,000 titles and 30 million books

The 10th Ho Chi Minh City Book Festival runs from March 19 through 25 this year, with the theme “Books – Culture, Integration and Development.” It promises to be another huge SE Asia book event that will be largely ignored on the western publishing circuit where it seems we prefer to perpetuate the myth that Read More …

As Amazon prepares for its Vietnam launch, books and ebooks aren’t on the table

There’s no question Amazon is a powerful force in publishing, in those countries where it chooses to engage. But the days of Amazon spearheading an entrance into a country with a Kindle store, as happened in Brazil and Mexico, are long gone. And it seems increasingly that books and ebooks are not going to be Read More …

Vietnam’s Tet book fairs sell $280,000 books in seven days, taking Vietnam book streets sales towards $4 million

The Tet (lunar New Year) holiday has just ended and book fairs set up for the event raked in over a quarter million dollars in book sales in the week long event. Fully half of that came from the Ho Chi Minh City event, held across three streets in District 1 – Nguyen Hue, Mac Read More …

The Japan-Vietnam Festival is underway, with Manga comic books a star of the show

Development of the Vietnamese comic book market is high on the agenda at the Japan-Vietnam Festival this weekend in Ho Chi Minh City, reports VietnamNet. As well as displays by the Japan Manga Book Association, copyright issues will be discussed, and also ways for both Vietnamese and Japanese artists and authors to move the Vietnamese Read More …

12 mind-blowing book events you probably never knew happened in 2017

Usually on alternate Sundays I review the latest Hot Sheet from Jane Friedman and Porter Anderson, but this time around it was a review of the past year and much of what is covered has been discussed in previous reviews here, so this week I’m doing my own TNPS-style review of the 2017 publishing year Read More …