Amazon expands UK imprint ambitions as A-Pub holds half the US top ten today. A-Pub has more titles than Bloomsbury, Kensington or HMH if BookStat numbers are correct

At noon today (GMT) five of the top ten slots in the Kindle charts were taken by Lake Union (2), Montlake Romance (2) and Thomas & Mercer (1) – all publishing imprints of Amazon. With the launch of Topple in February, the number of Amazon imprints reached eighteen. Amazon is already fielding more titles than Kensington, Read More …

Amazon finally moves on the Arab ebook markets. Is a Kindle Egypt store or even a pan-Arab Kindle store on the cards?

Regulars here at TNPS will be aware the MENA (Middle East North Africa) Arabic-language book market is nowhere near the dead-end for books that some believe. In fact Arab book fairs and festivals attract huge numbers of visitors and sell huge volumes of books each year. In the first five months of 2018 alone, upwards Read More …

Publishing News Round-Up 7 May 2018

It would be impossible to try cover even a fraction of the publishing news that lands on my e-desk each day, but there’s so much happening in our industry that passes unnoticed. So here’s a selection of some of the best publishing stories from the past 48 hours or so. Apologies if some are behind Read More …

Publishing News Round-Up 3 May 2018

It would be impossible to try cover even a fraction of the publishing news that lands on my e-desk each day, but there’s so much happening in our industry that passes unnoticed. So here’s a selection of some of the past two days’ best publishing stories, taken from the TNPS twitter feed (@thenewpubstd). Apologies if Read More …

Publishing News Round-Up 1 May 2018

It would be impossible to try cover even a fraction of the publishing news that lands on my e-desk each day, but there’s so much happening in our industry that passes unnoticed. So here’s a selection of some of today’s best publishing stories. Apologies if some are behind pay-walls. Amazon Launches Kids’ (Hardcover) Subscription Service. Read More …

As Amazon launches Prime Reading in China, a predicted $5.3 bn valuation will make the China ebook market far bigger than the US by 2020

IDBoox of France covers the story that the Chinese ebook market will be worth $5.3 billion by 2020, reporting on a study conducted by Chinese e-commerce giant Dangdang and Analysys which predicts annual growth for the Chinese ebook market of 29.8%. $5.3 billion would value the China ebook market at $2 billion more than Data Read More …

As Netflix approaches the global revenue tipping point, publishers need to sit up and take notice

Netflix has beaten expectations yet again, adding another 7.4 million subscribers January through March. And crucially nearly three quarters of them came from outside the US. In the next three months Netflix will, on current trends, reach the tipping point where the bulk of its revenue comes from outside the USA. And here’s the thing. Read More …

Over half the top 100 titles on Kindle UK are breaking the metadata rules. A third of the Kindle US top 100 today are Amazon imprint titles.

It’s just over a month since the Book Industry Communication organisation issued a widely reported cease and desist notice to publishers to stop abusing the metadata system. Exactly one month ago, on March 15, I covered the story here at The New Publishing Standard, noting that that same morning 13 of the top 20 Kindle UK Read More …

RIP Kindle Scout, hello Great on Kindle. And audiobooks for indie authors. The Hot Sheet Reviewed – first April 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 …

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 …