Estonia and the UAE stand out at the Gothenberg Book Fair

The Gothenberg Book Fair is underway this weekend, with 100,000 visitors expecting to attend northern Europe’s biggest book fair. Engaging children and young people and literature has been a common theme across the international book fair scene in recent years and Gothenberg continues the trend. Estonian writer and translator Indrek Koff on Thursday, with Polish Read More …

Jordan Prepares for the 17th Amman International Book Fair

The 17th Amman International Book Fair kicks off next week (October 4) with a ten day event in the Jordanian capital. Nineteen countries will be represented (up from fifteen last year), reflecting not a lack of interest but a lack of space – many applications were turned down, Jordanian Publishers Union Chairman Fathi Al Biss Read More …

Publishing Brief – 28 September 2017

There’s so much happening in publishing right now it’s impossible to keep on top of it all, but some stories are too good to pass by without at least a quick mention here at The New Publishing Standard. Here’s three of the best from my last browsing session.   Hey, Amazon. Where’s the new Kindle? Read More …

The Mogadishu and Nairobi Book Fairs – Publishing Challenges In Africa

The Nairobi Book Fair is underway in Kenya this week. It comes hard on the heels of another East Africa book event, in Somalia. The Mogadishu Book Fair is just three years old, and a brave attempt at normality in a country ridden by insurgency, piracy (real pirates, not book pirates) and famine. The thirty-one Read More …

Publishing Brief 27 September 2017

There’s so much happening in publishing right now it’s impossible to keep on top of it all, but some stories are too good to pass by without at least a quick mention here at The New Publishing Standard. Here’s three of the best from my last browsing session.   1. Why didn’t B&N do KU? Read More …

Digital Change – Opportunities and Challenges Ahead

“Digitalization will fundamentally change society and economy as we know it,” says Alexander Markowetz in a post on Buch.de titled Digital Change. “In order to survive this change and to thrive in a fair and competitive market without depending on single big companies, retailers and publishers as well as other companies not only have to Read More …

“Why Do Girls Have Breasts?” Redux

  The Bookseller Children’s Conference is underway in London today and the CEO of Hachette Children’s Group, Murray Hill, has called on publishers to “act as agents of social change more than ever before.” It’s an interesting debate with an interesting argument to juggle. Murray talks about “overuse of social media and time online” and Read More …

India – Publishing’s Brightest Prospect

After 100 years the OUP embraces local-languages. As I touched on yesterday in a post marking Bloomsbury’s first five years in India, one of the biggest challenges facing publishing is catering to the twenty-plus official and many more “unofficial” languages that the Indian people use, often without English as a second language. But that challenge is Read More …

The Future of Barnes & Noble. Part 1: Nook

Nook, by Barnes & Noble. But for how much longer? Over the weekend The Digital Reader ran an insightful post on the future of Nook, the ebook arm of America’s biggest bricks & mortar bookstore chain. “Len Riggio has just dashed the hopes of everyone who had been praying for a Nook turnaround.” Nate Hoffelder Read More …

Bloomsbury India’s First Five Years

“For us the journey has just begun,” says Bloomsbury India’s Managing Director Rajiv Beri, as the New Delhi offices of the British publishing group celebrated its first five years. “We are confident of achieving sales of a million units this year,” Beri told Sunday Guardian Live. That might raise an eyebrow or too. Only a Read More …