India’s think-outside-the-box publisher Juggernaut partners with Youth Ki Awaaz for exclusive digital originals

The first of a series of digital original titles from the India young people’s voice website Youth Ki Awaaz (YKA) goes live today courtesy of the ground-breaking digital-first publisher Juggernaut. What the Media Won’t Tell You is the first of this series that, says the Juggernaut team in a press release, will range across different Read More …

Storytel RU forecasts 40% growth in 2018 as booming Russian audiobook market reaches 500 million rubles

Amid the overall success story of the rising Russian audiobook market, one company stands out for exceptional achievement. Storytel only established its office in Russia in June 2017 and did not become fully active until December, yet is already claiming 15% of the market, equal to better-established rival Patefon, and ahead of all the other Read More …

Flipkart returns to its roots. Plans to challenge Amazon in the India book market. Ebooks next?

Like Amazon, Flipkart started out as an online book retailer. Later it branched into other products, just like Amazon. That shouldn’t come as any big surprise. Flipkart’s founders were both former Amazon employees. But while Amazon has largely maintained its focus on books, despite the publishing sector now being just small part of its overall Read More …

As ArtaTech’s global ambitions become clear, Youboox subscription ebook service to come pre-installed on InkBook ereaders

Ebook subscription service Youboox has partnered with InkBook to offer its services pre-installed on InkBook devices. The Paris-based Youboox services has been streaming ebooks, magazine and comics in France since 2011. The new deal means new InkBook buyers will get a year’s Youboox subscription as part of the package, while pre-existing Youbook subscribers can get Read More …

Latin America’s 2018 Night of the Bookstores season off to a great start in Buenos Aires

With more bookstores per capita than any other city in on the planet, Buenos Aires is known as the bookstore capital of the world, and its annual international book fair regularly sees 1.2 million visitors. Buenos Aires also leads the Latin American Noche de las Librerías  (Night of the Bookstores) phenomenon, where once a year Read More …

Somaliland’s 11th Hargeysa International Book Fair set for 21-26 July 2018

This week comes news that the 11th Hargesya International Book Fair will be held in July, and Rwanda will be the guest of honour. It’s an interesting choice given Rwanda’s dark history of genocide and its impressive rise from the ashes of self-destruction, juxtaposed against Somaliland’s precarious position as a self-declared state within a state, Read More …

Short story prize shortlist announced for writers in Zambia

When  Zambia-born author Namwali Serpell won the 2015 Caine Prize for African Writing, the first Zambian to claim the award, she made the headlines by sharing the $15,500 prize money with her fellow contestants, two who were from Nigerian and two from South Africa. This year Zambians are in the running for another prize, this Read More …

Nordic Council Children’s and YA Literature nominations announced at Bolgna

At the International Children’s Book Fair in Bologna this week the 12 nominations for the Nordic Council’s Children’s & Young People’s Literature Prize were announced. The winner will pocket DKK 350,000 ($58,000) on October 30th at a special ceremony at the Oslo Opera House. The Nordic Council awards a total of five prizes each year Read More …

Denmark’s Saxo Premium caters “for all the different ways we read books today”

Denmark’s largest online bookstore Saxo this week launches its new Saxo Premium club, offering deep discounts on print books alongside unlimited access to over 30,000 ebooks and audiobooks. As a Premium member, you can listen freely to audiobooks when you are doing everyday tasks, read e-books on your travels without having to pay extra weight Read More …

Books to Film in Bermuda

One of the most amusing false narratives in the publishing industry is the idea that video streaming is a threat to books. In fact a look at the book charts at almost any time will show books that have a film or TV adaptation, or books derived from a film or TV original, are up Read More …