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 …

Emirati Publishers Association arrives in World Book Capital. Nobody notices

You could be forgiven for not realising it, but the World Book Capital 2017-18 is just down the road from me here in West Africa, in Guinea Conakry. In another reminder that publishing in the rest of the world doesn’t stop for Christmas, representatives of the UAE’s Emirati Publisher’s Association have been in Guinea Conakry Read More …

Buying books on trains in the Ukraine

Not much detail on this story yet, but Nasher (the Professional Hub for Arab Publishers, reports that Ukrainian Railways will be selling books on its trains from the end of the year. According to Nasher, Ukrainian publishing houses commended and celebrated the initiative because it will contribute to a significant increase in sales. Other bookstores Read More …

Pre-teen kids create children’s library in Kolkata

  As we say goodbye to 2017, a heartwarming story from Kolkata, India, home of the world’s biggest book fair and home of some of India’s worst slums. The Times of India reports a new children’s library has just opened in Kolkata, created for children, by children. Siblings Manadwi and Suhasini Dugar, respectively 12 and Read More …

2011: “Best Holiday Ever for Kindle.” 2017: Kindle device sales not mentioned. How important will the Kindle be to Amazon in 2018?

As we start the fourth year without a new Kindle store, Amazon has issued its annual post-Holidays press release, extolling another successful sales season. That includes best-selling books and best-selling devices. This from the 2017 press release: It was a record holiday shopping season for Amazon Devices, with millions more devices purchased worldwide this year Read More …

While western publishing parties, global publishing goes from strength to strength

It may be Christmas where you are, and the publishing industry is sleeping off one hangover just in time for the next as the New Year celebrations begin, but elsewhere in the world it’s business as usual for publishing. The Saudi Jeddah Book Fair and the Singapore Bookfest may have wound up on 24 December Read More …

Saudi Arabia’s online bookstore delivers Jeddah Book Fair orders to your door

The Jeddah International Book Fair drew to a close Christmas Eve and as ever, while many people went home laden with books, others couldn’t carry as many as they’d have liked, and of course many simply couldn’t be there for the big event. But across the Middle East, as elsewhere where the bookstore infrastructure we Read More …

Saudi Arabia’s youngest Arabic-language author at the Jeddah Int. Book Fair

The western publishing industry is slowly shutting shop as we count down the last few days to Christmas, and there won’t be much activity now until the New Year. But here at The New Publishing Standard we are celebrating the international publishing business, charting the Global New Renaissance day by day, so it will be Read More …

As Amazon’s South America plans become clearer, will Kindle ebooks even be a feature?

It’s now more than three years since Amazon launched a Kindle store. Back in those heady days of 2011-12 it seemed the Amazon Kindle store was on a mission to take ebooks to the world. From just the USA in 2007 Amazon opened Kindle stores in the UK in 2010, then dashed off four in Read More …

“Bulgarian readers are hungry for Chinese books”

The Sofia International Book Fair has just wound up, and among the key players was China’s Foreign Language Teaching & Research Press (FLTRP), attending the fair, which typically sees about 50,000 visitors, for the first time. Although it was China’s first Sofia Book Fair appearance, FLTRP has been working with Bulgaria’s Iztok-Zapad (East-West) publishing house Read More …