Big Bad Wolf announces second Philippines book sale just three months after debut, while excitement builds for Sri Lanka

There’s no question Big Bad Wolf runs the largest book sales in the world. Just how big they can get remains to be seen, but 2018 is shaping up to be the biggest by far. Big Bad Wolf kicked off with a debut event in the Philippines, in Pasay City in February. Read about it Read More …

Nigeria’s Publiseer reaches profitability in 8 months. Adds Premium Distribution option

It was an improbable venture in every way, and doomed to failure by any western rationale. Twin brothers, one a writer, one a musician, launching a business start-up that digitally published both literature and music with no up-front costs. In Africa. Launched as recently as last August, Nigeria’s Publiseer this week reported reaching profitability in Read More …

Two thirds of Kenyans pay to download online video. Almost none read ebooks. Proof Africans don’t read? No. Proof ebook retailers are looking the other way

It’s the twenty-first century. Even in Africa. And contrary to popular opinion, the internet is not only available across the continent but is shaping the continent’s future. This from IT News Africa this past week: If there was ever a time to watch progress in Africa, it would be now. As we have seen so Read More …

“Amazon eyes Latin American expansion,” says Reuters, carrying the story TNPS broke six months ago.  You heard it here first!

Yesterday Reuters ran the headline “Amazon eyes Latam expansion,” explaining that, having already established itself in Mexico and Brazil, Amazon was now looking at further expansion in  Latin America. Seeking Alpha was also presenting this as breaking news. Explained Reuters, Argentina’s President Mauricio Macri met with Amazon’s Elaine Feeney, vice president for infrastructure global expansion Read More …

Warsaw, Minsk, Bucharest, Bratislava, Lillehammer, St. Petersburg, Dublin, Kiev, Madrid, Lisbon – the European book fair season is under way

Although we have had significant European book fairs already this year, it is in May that things really step up a gear, as winter is laid to rest, spring has sprung and thoughts turn to a summer of books. May started with the Thessalonika fair in Greece (85,000 visitors) and the Tanpinar festival in Turkey, Read More …

Cockygate, a KU exodus, and indie author advocacy… The Hot Sheet reviewed

The Hot Sheet is a publishing industry news-sheet for authors, produced every two weeks by Porter Anderson and Jane Friedman, and reviewed here every other Sunday as one of the best bi-weekly industry overviews available to authors. We’re not interested in delivering breaking news, but perspective on stories that are likely to retain meaning for your long-term decision Read More …

Juggernaut India’s answer to Wattpad gets its first movie deal as an injunction against another Juggernaut title is restored

Just a year after the digital publisher Juggernaut launched its self-publishing arm Writing Platform, one of its authors has signed a movie deal. Writing Platform is a variation on Wattpad, where unknown authors can upload their own material, but whereas Wattpad is global, Juggernaut’s version is limited exclusively to residents of the Indian subcontinent. Launched Read More …

Brazil’s Flipoços International Literary Festival sees 85,000 visitors, sells $325,000 books in nine days

When I reported earlier this month that some six million people would be visiting book events in May I added the proviso that the real number would be a lot higher as I will have missed many “smaller” events in my snapshot. As all eyes turn to the New York Book Expo, more than 6 Read More …

Spotify plans a MENA launch as thoughts turn to audiobooks. MENA’s digital genie is out of the bottle

With TechCrunch reporting Spotify is looking at tie-ups with Hulu, and possibly a tie-in with Scribd for audiobooks, comes news that Spotify will be a launching in the United Arab Emirates in 2018-19, and looking to make a mark on the MENA (Middle East – North Africa) region. First, let’s take a look at Spotify’s Read More …

“The future of global publishing lies in the emerging markets” – Sheikha Bodour al Qasimi

In an article in VenturesAfrica today Bodour al Qasim takes a look at the potential of the African book markets, using her own country, the United Arab Emirates, as an example of what might be achievable. At which point, full disclosure: Bodour Al Qasim as credited by VenturesAfrica is in fact Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Read More …