Tencent joins the half-trillion club, and look how close it is to Amazon…

On Tuesday Tencent, the Chinese e-commerce titan, leapfrogged Facebook to become the fifth most valuable company on the planet. China now holds two of the top six places in the world rankings for market capitalization, and while Apple is still too far ahead to be dislodged, both Tencent and Alibaba are within shouting distance of Read More …

Romania’s Gaudeamus Int. Book Fair opens today. Expected to attract 125,000 visitors

Romania’s Gaudeamus International Book Fair opened its doors in Bucharest earlier today, and over the course of the five day event some 125,000 visitors are expected to squeeze through its doors. The Gaudeamus event, not to be confused with the bigger Bucharest Int. Book Fair that took place in May, is organised by Radio Romania Read More …

Charlie and the Crowdfunded Chocolate Factory

Back on November 1st a little known children’s product start-up by the name of Yoto launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter for its smart-speakers project. Of course we are all by now familiar with smart-speakers, and they are even shaping storytelling, with interactive audio content being created specifically for devices like Amazon’s Alexa. But for Read More …

SE Asia “one of the most promising publishing regions”

That was the sub-header in Publishing Perspectives today as Porter Anderson updated us on StoryDrive Asia 2017. I covered StoryDrive Asia here in TNPS a few days ago, where I argued the SE Asia publishers were not embracing digital as quickly as they ought, leaving many hurdles standing. Today Anderson’s coverage develops the hurdles theme. Read More …

Penguin India Bags Publisher of the Year Award

The Mumbai LitFest has just wound up, and Penguin India took the Publisher of the Year award at the Tata Lit Live event. The award goes to India’s largest English-language publisher as it celebrates thirty years in the country. Penguin has been at the forefront of developing commercial fiction (genre fiction), which as Jean Burke-Spraker Read More …

The Hot Sheet Reviewed – second November 2017 edition

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 twice-monthly 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 …

Uruguay’s Night of the Bookstores. Who says Latinos don’t read?

If you’re one of those who like to believe Latinos don’t read, then do yourself a favour and don’t read this. After all, it’s far easier to not think about maximising distribution and sales and looking into Spanish and Portuguese translations to grab a share of the lucrative Ibero-American book market. On the other hand, Read More …

Argentina’s publishers prepare for Amazon’s arrival

Time was, when Amazon targetted a new country to launch in, it used the Kindle store as a spearhead – Mexico, Brazil and Australia being recent examples. Nowadays AWS is more likely to be the first sign of interest, and it’s always possible a non-books move might be on the cards next, as we saw Read More …

StoryDrive Asia 2017 – Not yet embracing digital the way it ought

StoryDrive Asia wound up a two day conference on Tuesday that has received little coverage in the western industry media beyond that offered by Porter Anderson over at Publishing Perspectives. The following snippets from a StoryDrive press release just issued gives some insights into what we missed, each followed by some off-the-cuff reactions from yours Read More …