Malaysia’s book-buying incentive scheme backfires

Since 2012 Malaysia has been issuing book vouchers to students to help with the cost of educational materials. The original vouchers, BB1M, were worth RM200 and were exchangeable by students at any bookstore, book fair or book festival, but some students were exchanging them for cash, so in 2017 the government changed its approach. The Read More …

The Philippines will host one of the world’s biggest book sales in February. Big Bad Wolf is coming to Manila!

The world’s biggest book sale lands in Manila next month. With 2 million titles on sale at big discounts 24 hours a day you could be forgiven for thinking Amazon is about to open a Kindle Philippines ebook store, but actually these are print books, sold in real time. Amazon? Isn’t that a river in Read More …

It’s only January, but already Filipino readers are excited about binge-buying at the Manila International Book Fair in September

The Philippines may not be on the radar of many publishers, and even fewer indies, but as those who follow my ramblings elsewhere will know, I regard the Philippines as a priority objective for my hybrid author engagement, and 2018 promises to be a good time to step up that action. For the 2017 Manila Read More …

Indian local languages shine as the New Delhi World Book Fair closes today.

A few days ago the Vijayawada Book Festival wound up in India, and today, January 14, is the last day of the New Town Book Festival, the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival, and the Hyderabad Literary Festival. No figures yet for the 2018 Vijayawada event, but in 2017 books to the value of a half million Read More …

Ten global publishing stories not to be missed – 11 January 2018 edition

The global publishing market has never been more exciting. Every day myriad publishing stories cross my screen that I’d love to develop here at TNPS, but there simply isn’t time. I also have a rule that I don’t repeat a story published elsewhere unless I can offer some additional information or perspective that hasn’t been Read More …

Amazon and Apple head for Saudi Arabia, but Kindle and iBooks stores unlikely

Having acquired Souq earlier this year it was inevitable Amazon’s interests would turn to the wider MENA (Middle East North Africa) region. And as 2017 ended it transpired both Amazon and Apple were negotiating with the Saudi authorities to do business in the kingdom. In Apple’s case negotiations are quite advanced, with a formal agreement expected Read More …

Five days into the New Year and the int. book fair calendar is already heaving

If it’s January 5 (insert any day of the year) there must be a book event happening somewhere on the Indian sub-continent. Today in fact is the National Poetry Festival day at the New Town Book Fair in Kolkata. The New Town Book Fair runs January 4-14. But the New Town event, now in its Read More …

Juggernaut sets the pace for Indian publishing in 2018. Prepares to take on Kindle Unlimited

It’s New Year’s Day, 2018, and already India’s new year of book festivities is well underway. The eleven-day Vijayawada Book Festival starts today, January 1, warming the ground for the massive Kolkata International Book Fair at the end of the month. And in between (and overlapping) these there’s the New Delhi World Book Fair kicking Read More …

12 mind-blowing book events you probably never knew happened in 2017

Usually on alternate Sundays I review the latest Hot Sheet from Jane Friedman and Porter Anderson, but this time around it was a review of the past year and much of what is covered has been discussed in previous reviews here, so this week I’m doing my own TNPS-style review of the 2017 publishing year Read More …

Pre-teen kids create children’s library in Kolkata

  As we say goodbye to 2017, a heartwarming story from Kolkata, India, home of the world’s biggest book fair and home of some of India’s worst slums. The Times of India reports a new children’s library has just opened in Kolkata, created for children, by children. Siblings Manadwi and Suhasini Dugar, respectively 12 and Read More …