S.E. Asia online economy growing faster than predicted. $200bn by 2025. Will publishers rise to the opportunity?

A year and a half after Google and Temasek’s first assessment of the SE Asia digital economy, a new report shows the region growing significantly faster than predicted. The report touches on neither books nor ebooks, but this study represents major opportunities for publishers, distributors, retailers and authors, both within the region and beyond. By Read More …

Waterstones to open five new bookstores in time for Christmas. Barnes & Noble, please take notes

As Barnes & Noble continues to struggle, management will be looking on enviously as its British counterpart, Waterstones, defies the odds to rebuild a national bookstore chain that not long ago seemed a hopeless cause. As reported here last month, Waterstones is being lined up for re-sale. Waterstone’s was rescued from near bankruptcy several years Read More …

StoryDrive Asia 2017 – Not yet embracing digital the way it ought

StoryDrive Asia wound up a two day conference on Tuesday that has received little coverage in the western industry media beyond that offered by Porter Anderson over at Publishing Perspectives. The following snippets from a StoryDrive press release just issued gives some insights into what we missed, each followed by some off-the-cuff reactions from yours Read More …

Arabs don’t read, and other nonsense. Why the MENA market is an exciting prospect

The Second Arab Reading Challenge has just wound up. Twenty-five nations took part. Seven million students from 40,000 schools supported by 75,000 teachers. The challenge? To read fifty books a year. And in the United Arab Emirates alone 300,000 students completed the task. So much for the idea that Arabs don’t read. And yet… There’s Read More …

The world’s biggest book sale, redux. Make that 2.5 million

Thanks to the miracles of time zones I’m able to report today, part way through Monday 09 October, that the world’s biggest book sale finished at midnight on Monday 09 October, A few days ago we reported on the world’s biggest book sale, the Big Bad Wolf sale in Colombo, Sri Lanka, with 1.5 million Read More …

The World’s Biggest Book Sale. And no, Amazon has nothing to do with it

It was the publishing industry’s Super Thursday yesterday. In Colombo. In the UK of course it was also Super Thursday, the day when some 500 hardcover titles are released on one day, marking the start of the Christmas book-shopping season. Publishers big and small, except indie authors, were lining up to get their new hardcover Read More …