Storytel Q4 revenue up 27% in Q4. Streaming revenue up 42%. Subscribers up 48% to 533,000. 15 countries by end 2018

While not yet in profit, Storytel has made impressive gains over Q4 2017, with overall revenue up 27% on the period, while streaming revenue rose 47%. CEO Jonas Tellander confirmed total subscribers now at 533,400, in keeping with a TNPS estimate last month. Storytel has 300,000 Swedish subscribers, a further 250,000 beyond and is aiming Read More …

“Possibly the coolest shop in Islamabad.” As the Third Lahore Comic Con ends, Pakistan’s comics industry gathers pace

The Royal Palm Golf and Country Club in Lahore, Pakistan is probably not the kind of place you’d normally expect to see Harry Potter, Spiderman and Captain Jean-Luc Picard. But then again, Pakistan is probably not a country we associate with comics and science fiction at all. But things are changing, and Pakistan presents a Read More …

Using literature to connect countries and cultures – the Second South Asian Literature Conference ends

The second South Asian Literature Now conference in Dhaka ended Friday, after two days of discussion on South Asian poetry, language and translation. Lamenting that, Various parts of South Asia are still isolated and people know little about their literary works, Prof Emeritus Rafiqul Islam of the Bangladesh University of Liberal Arts opened the ceremony Read More …

The Hot Sheet Reviewed – second February 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 …

Kindle Snapshot: 8 out of Top 10 ebooks in the Kindle US store are Amazon imprint titles this morning

Probably the single most unforeseen consequence of the digital revolution in publishing was that mainstream publishers would soon be competing not just with countless “indie authors” successfully self-publishing their works, but that mainstream publishers would be directly competing with their biggest retailer. It all seemed so improbable when Amazon started its first imprint back in Read More …

Comic Con India Cosplay Finals Today (Feb 24)

Cosplay, the art of dressing up in elaborate costumes of comic, anime and science fiction characters, is a major part of the comic publishing industry’s wider entertainment arena, and dates back to the very first World Science Fiction Convention in New York in 1939. Today the Comic Con India Cosplay Finals are live as this is Read More …

Fewer German readers buy ebooks in Germany. Unit sales rise, revenue falls for second year running. Or so a survey says.

The latest report from the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels, which publishes quarterly reports in cooperation with GfK Entertainment, sends out mixed messages about the state of the German ebook market. On the one hand, unit sales were up one million to 29.1 million, and purchase intensity (how many ebooks were bought per active consumer) was Read More …

Primento says Belgian ebook market up 43% in 2017, with zero growth from Apple and Google Play, 98% growth from Kobo

The Brussels International Book Fair is underway in Belgium, and one Belgian aggregator has shared its numbers. It’s not clear how much Brussels based Primento’s numbers reflect the wider Belgian digital market, but Primento itself 2017 saw a 45% rise in sales in the home market. That’s according to ID Boox, which, quoting Primento’s numbers, Read More …

Ebook distributor StreetLib partners with China’s CNPIEC

Hard on the heels of the announcement StreetLib is launching in India, comes news of a distribution deal with China’s CNPIEC, as part of StreetLib’s global expansion programme. State-owned CNPIEC, aka the China National Publications Import & Export (Group) Corporation, will be distributing StreetLib’s catalogue to thousands of Chinese libraries via the e-reading platform CNPereading. And yes, the Read More …

Vietnam’s Tet book fairs sell $280,000 books in seven days, taking Vietnam book streets sales towards $4 million

The Tet (lunar New Year) holiday has just ended and book fairs set up for the event raked in over a quarter million dollars in book sales in the week long event. Fully half of that came from the Ho Chi Minh City event, held across three streets in District 1 – Nguyen Hue, Mac Read More …