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 …

Two Nigerian ebook start-ups prepare to challenge Okada

Nigeria is not an easy place to buy ebooks. None of the Big 5 western ebook retailers have any presence in this English-speaking nation of 180 million people, leaving the door open for local initiatives. Just last September Publiseer launched, offering a uniquely positioned self-publishing portal for writers and, wait for it, musicians. Publiseer claims Read More …

Turkey’s 3rd Arabic Book and Culture Days to establish a common heritage founded on the geography of the Ottoman Empire

The 3rd Arabic Book and Culture Days event will take place in Turkey March 2-11 at the Bağlarbaşı Culture Centre in Istanbul. The Daily Sabah explains, The 3rd Turkey Arabic Book and Culture Days aims to establish a common heritage and culture of Islamic countries founded on the geography of the Ottoman Empire, to introduce Read More …

New head of sales at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

The Edinburgh Arts Festival is regarded by many as the largest arts events in the world, which often overshadows the Edinburgh International Book Festival (EIBF) which runs concurrent. But the EIBF is a powerhouse in its own right, owning and operating two large pop-up shops within Charlotte Square Gardens, including the largest specialty Children’s Bookshop Read More …

Storytel launches in Iceland. Italy, Bulgaria and Turkey next?

Swedish audiobook subscription service Storytel launched in its tenth country today, adding Iceland to an impressive list of nations that already includes Denmark, Finland, Norway, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Spain and India, as well as Sweden itself. This will come as no surprise to TNPS regulars. As reported here in January – Storytel has 300,000 Swedish subscribers, Read More …

Swedish Romance Academy to launch this spring

Although romance books sometimes come in for a hard time in elite publishing circles, there’s no denying the enormous popularity of this wide-ranging genre, and one might reasonably assume that such a universal theme as love and relationships would make romance a hugely popular genre everywhere in the world. Yet there are parts of the Read More …

Augmented reality, educational games for science textbooks, and a Youtube channel. The Bangladesh book fair delivers more surprises

The month-long Amar Ekushey Boi Mela book festival in Dhaka is among many other things an opportunity for publishers to release new books, and every day the list of new titles has been mounting. But this past week three innovative new additions to the list came in the form of a Youtube video, a science Read More …

World’s biggest book sale heading to Bangladesh, Dubai, Korea and Taiwan this year

As reported here at TNPS last week, the world’s biggest book sale, the Big Bad Wolf, debuted in the Philippines, marking the start of a ten country tour. Shopping at Barnes & Noble was never like this. Bring comfy clothes, a suitcase, a friend and lots of stamina for the world’s biggest book sale As Read More …

Romania on-line book market to grow 15%-20% in 2018

With Romania’s overall book market valued at around EUR 100 million ($124 million), on-line book buying is expected to grow as much as 20% this year, with books the third most popular online purchase. In an interview with Business Review, Laura Teposu, director of business development at Libros.ro, one of Romania’s leading online booksellers, estimated Read More …