Buying books in pajamas – Big Bad Wolf Sri Lanka ends today

This is a scene in the early hours of the morning in Colombo, Sri Lanka, where the 24-hour twelve-day mega book sale known as Big Bad Wolf is preparing to wind down. Because of the huge crowds during the day many booklovers head to the sale in the early hours, kids in night clothes, pushing Read More …

Just a month after 2 million attended the Kuala Lumpur Int. Book Fair, BookFest Malaysia is pulling in another 700,000

It was just over a month ago, on May 6, that the ten day Kuala Lumpur International Book Fair drew to a close. The KLIBF has pulled in two million visitors every year since 2013. Just 34 days late and Malaysian booklovers are flocking to Kuala Lumpur for the country’s biggest trilingual book event, the Read More …

While publishers limit their reach with archaic C20 territorial rights, Big Bad Wolf shows us the global demand for English-language books

With a population of 20 million Sri Lanka is bigger by population than all but eight countries in Europe. That alone ought to put Sri Lanka on the radar of publishers as a lucrative market. Its 16.6 million Sinhala speakers is close to the population of the Netherlands. Its 4.7 million Tamil speakers give it Read More …

Bookxcess opens Malaysia’s first 24/7 bookstore as Big Bad Wolf Bangkok and Taiwan are being readied

With a population of 32 million (just 4 million fewer than Canada, and 8 million more than Australia), and 25 million people online (compare Canada’s 33 million online, and Australia’s 21 million online) you wouldn’t be alone in wondering why neither Amazon nor Apple have bothered to offer Malaysia an ebook store. In fact neither Read More …

Big Bad Wolf announces second Philippines book sale just three months after debut, while excitement builds for Sri Lanka

There’s no question Big Bad Wolf runs the largest book sales in the world. Just how big they can get remains to be seen, but 2018 is shaping up to be the biggest by far. Big Bad Wolf kicked off with a debut event in the Philippines, in Pasay City in February. Read about it Read More …

Six weeks after the world’s longest book fair ended Bangladesh is at it again

Happy New Year! In Bangladesh, that is, where 1425 has just begun, and among myriad celebrations to celebrate the New Year is a ten day book fair organised by the Bangla Academy. A book fair in Bangladesh? If you’re new here you could be forgiven for wondering if they even have bookstores in Bangladesh, such Read More …

While all eyes are on the London Book Fair this week, in the thirty days either side of the LBF over 13 million people are visiting book fairs around the globe

The London Book Fair is underway, and there’s no question it’s one of the most important trade book fairs of the year. But these big trade events (the London Book Fair, the New York Book Expo, the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, the Frankfurt Book Fair, etc,) are just that – trade-focussed events where public access Read More …

Big Bad Wolf Sri Lanka set for June

This is breaking news from Colombo, and I’ll come back with more retails as they emerge. What we know so far is the the first Big Bad Wolf book sale in Colombo last October was a huge success, and this year the event is being brought forward to June. Last year 1.5 million books were Read More …

Penguin Random House India asks Bangladeshi authors to write in English

I so hate this time of year. April Fool’s Day is a minefield for international news, where time zones painfully elongate the period in which improbable news stories may or may not be true, leaving me needing to treble-check sources and then I’m still juggling the odds I’ve fallen for some prank news story. So Read More …

4.5 million English-language books are pulling in 750,000 booklovers in… Indonesia

There are any number of contenders for the claim to be the most unlikely book event ever. But a front runner for the crown must be the Indonesia Big Bad Wolf event this year. Indonesia’s biggest book sale is underway right now in Jakarta, and as ever its 24-hour non-stop book-buying. Last year 40,000 a day Read More …