Print book sales up, ebooks up and audiobook sales explode – in Finland

One of the great things about the Global New Renaissance is that it is just that: global. Digital social media is driving awareness, access and supply of culture across all art forms and all formats, in all countries, across all languages and cultures, in a way quite unprecedented in human history, and quite unthinkable even Read More …

Malaysia’s book-buying incentive scheme backfires

Since 2012 Malaysia has been issuing book vouchers to students to help with the cost of educational materials. The original vouchers, BB1M, were worth RM200 and were exchangeable by students at any bookstore, book fair or book festival, but some students were exchanging them for cash, so in 2017 the government changed its approach. The Read More …

Booksellers Association and the Society of Authors advise indie authors on how to get into bookstores

In what must be the definitive acknowledgement that self-publishing is mainstream in the UK, Britain’s Booksellers Association has teamed up with the Society of Authors to produce a guide for indie authors showing them how to get books into bricks & mortar bookstore. Placement in bookstores is, for most indie authors, a challenge too far, Read More …

Ten global publishing stories not to be missed – 22 January 2018 edition

The global publishing market has never been more exciting, and every day myriad publishing stories cross my screen that I’d love to develop here at TNPS, but there simply isn’t time. I also have a rule that I don’t repeat a story published elsewhere unless I can offer some additional information or perspective that hasn’t Read More …

Storytel has 300,000 Swedish subscribers, a further 250,000 beyond and is aiming for thirty countries

The audiobook subscription service Storytel announced this past week that it has surpassed 300,000 paying subscribers in its homeland Sweden, with Swedes listening to almost 100 million hours in 2017, compared with 65 million hours the year before. In November Storytel reported being just below 300,000 with a total of 530,000 subscribers, since when it Read More …

Waterstones defies the bookstore apocalypse with 80% rise in profits. Barnes & Noble looks the other way

It was never meant to be this way. Profitable bookstore chains? In the age of Amazon? That’s not how the bookstore apocalypse narrative goes. But as The Guardian reported back in 2015, Four years ago (2011), Waterstones was facing oblivion. Declining sales of physical books, together with the relentless growth of Amazon and mismanagement by its former Read More …

The Philippines will host one of the world’s biggest book sales in February. Big Bad Wolf is coming to Manila!

The world’s biggest book sale lands in Manila next month. With 2 million titles on sale at big discounts 24 hours a day you could be forgiven for thinking Amazon is about to open a Kindle Philippines ebook store, but actually these are print books, sold in real time. Amazon? Isn’t that a river in Read More …

Bonnier’s Bookbeat headhunt’s Amazon Audible’s finest for Bookbeat Germany

Back in September Bonnier’s audiobook arm Bookbeat added Germany to its portfolio of satellite sites in Finland and the UK and its home base in Sweden. This week comes news that Bookbeat has headhunted Amazon Audible Germany’s Kathrin Rüstig to head Content and Publisher Relations at the Bookbeat DE operation. In doing so Bonnier doesn’t Read More …

Myanmar’s golden age of comics revived for a day as another Myanmar comic makes a killing on Facebook

For a couple of hours this coming Saturday adults in Yangon, Myanmar (that’s Rangoon, Burma for those of us who learned geography last century) will be able to take a trip down memory lane in the company of some classic comics from Myanmar’s comic golden age. ‘Graffiti and Cartoon Story’ is a public display of Read More …

Is Japan’s Rakuten the second biggest player in the western ebook and audiobook markets?

I’ve long been a lone voice on the indie circuit advocating authors take digital libraries seriously. Admittedly back in 2011 it wasn’t so easy to get into OverDrive, but doing what isn’t easy is what separates the career author from the rest. As I said four years ago back in January 2014, Too many indie Read More …