Spotify plans a MENA launch as thoughts turn to audiobooks. MENA’s digital genie is out of the bottle

With TechCrunch reporting Spotify is looking at tie-ups with Hulu, and possibly a tie-in with Scribd for audiobooks, comes news that Spotify will be a launching in the United Arab Emirates in 2018-19, and looking to make a mark on the MENA (Middle East – North Africa) region. First, let’s take a look at Spotify’s Read More …

Storytel launches its own e-reader, prepares to change royalty structure, as Tellander reports a successful Q1

Along with the Storytel Q1 2018 financial report today comes news that the Swedish audiobook company is about to elevate its ebook arm from a sideshow to mainstream. Storytel Reader is an e-reading device that will be launched in Sweden, Denmark and Finland shortly, with other Storytel markets to follow. Storytel CEO Jonas Tellander explained, Read More …

Storytel now live in Turkey. Italy launch imminent and Bulgaria launch soon

Storytel’s twelfth audiobook and ebook store went live this past week (confession – I got distracted by the IPA Regional Seminar, so a few days late with the news), with Turkey the third of five planned launches this year. Turkey joined Iceland and the United Arab Emirates as 2018 additions to a fold that already Read More …

Ten global publishing stories not to be missed. 10 May 2018 collation

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. But if you’re reading TNPS in the first place you probably share my obsession with all things international publishing, and would no doubt enjoy 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 …

HarperCollins India CEO – “Indians are reading more ebooks. We are seeing a steady increase in ebook sales”

  It’s not something we hear said much nowadays. People are buying more ebooks. In India, that is. In the US the story is somewhat different, with the Big 5 US publishers all happily reporting ebook sales trending down, as they manoeuvre to protect their core print market. Time was we could look to Author Read More …

Storytel’s Latin American ambitions. Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and Colombia for 2019?

With the Storytel Spain launch in 2017 it was really just a matter of time before Jonas Tellander’s attention turned to Latin America. Now it seems that time is upon us. With Iceland and UAE launched already this year, Turkey imminent, and Italy and Bulgaria both lined up, the promised five new Storytel countries for Read More …

Storytel launches in UAE. Joins Dahd and Kitab Sawti in the Arab audiobook market

Storytel continues to put clear blue water between itself and its biggest rival, Audible, as it launches in its eleventh territory. And contrary to expectations it is the UAE, not Turkey, that becomes the second new Storytel nation of 2018. Earlier this year Storytel launched in Iceland – Storytel launches in Iceland. Italy, Bulgaria and Turkey Read More …

Kobo and Fnac team up with telco Orange France to expand audiobook and ebook reach

Kobo’s French ebook and audiobook distribution partner Fnac started offering digital comics via the Orange mobile service last year, and this year it adds audiobooks and ebooks to the telco offering. At a time when telcos are struggling to differentiate themselves from one another, being able to offer additional consumer content is one way to Read More …

Is Sweden’s Storytel worth more than the entire Norwegian book market?

That’s the intriguing claim made over at Norway’s trade journal Bok365 this week as it reports Storytel’s market capitalisation has increased by 45% this year. Asserts Bok365: Storytel AB alone now has greater market capitalization than the entire Norwegian book industry. Bok365 puts Storytel’s latest valuation at SEK 5 billion ($602 million), which as Bok365 Read More …