Top Scottish authors in India for the world’s biggest book fair

The world’s biggest book fair (by visitor attendance) gets underway today in Kolkata, India, and by the time it winds up, on February 11, best part of 2.5 million people will have been excitedly meeting authors, participating in literary events and, yes, buying books. Not least the books of Scottish crime writers, with some encouragement Read More …

Greek National Library moves to new home

In Athens this month the transfer of the Greek national book collection is underway. The collection dates back to the 1820s but it was only as that century drew to a close that the collection moved to its current home, the beautiful neo-classical marble building in Phaleron Bay. Work on the new home at the Read More …

StreetLib launches in India

The Italy-based aggregator StreetLib announces today that it is launching in India, with a partnership with India’s PubGen. The news comes hard on the heels of StreetLib’s new focus on the Ibero-America market, and less than two years after StreetLib opened offices in the USA. In today’s press release StreetLib describes the move as, a Read More …

Rwanda aims to “have books everywhere” to encourage reading

Many countries have government ministers who juggle the improbable twin balls of sports and culture in their departmental portfolio, but it’s rare the two come together in any meaningful way. But that’s literally what is happening in Rwanda, where the Minister of Sports and Culture, Julienne Uwacu,  believes any platform where people converge should be Read More …

New Urdu digital dictionary “the biggest treasure in Pakistan’s literary history”

When it comes to a nation’s literature, we take it for granted that dictionaries of the country’s language(s) will be available. And in the twenty-first century it’s also a given those dictionaries will be available online. Well, it is in some parts of the world. But Pakistan has only this past week got its first Read More …

The Hot Sheet Reviewed – second January 2018 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 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 …

StreetLib, PublishDrive and Bookwire gear up for the global ebook markets game. First, Latin America

While the established American aggregators Smashwords, Draft2Digital, Bookbaby, etc, maintain their focus on their domestic market, with token efforts towards the international marketplace, their European rivals are carving up the rest of the world between them, with Germany’s Bookwire, Hungary’s PublishDrive and Italy’s StreetLib leading the way. Bookwire has a strong presence in Brazil, especially 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 …

A PS4 tournament and virtual reality cricket. The Dhaka Comic Con kicks off in Bangladesh

As a kid back in nineteen bow and arrow I spent much of my childhood reading comics, dreaming about writing comics and, in my early teens, writing to fellow comic-lovers around the world. And I do mean around the world. We only had snail-mail back then (a time when owning a pocket calculator was the Read More …

Apple’s ebook subscription service: the missing ingredient in Apple’s ebook-comeback

For a few minutes yesterday it looked like Apple might have been planning an ebook comeback, after having pretty much lost all enthusiasm for the iBooks store following the law suits against Apple and several publishers, commencing 2012, that cost Apple $450 million in fines. That sort of money, for Apple, was barely a slap Read More …