Kazakhstan, Colombia, Argentina, Malaysia, Dominican Republic, South Africa, UAE, Guinea Conakry and many more… Millions of book lovers are descending on global book fairs this week. And that’s nothing unusual

In Argentina today the Buenos Aries International Book Fair kicks off. It runs from April 26 through May 14, and 1.2 million visitors are expected. At the other end of the scale, a smaller but no less significant book event is underway in South Africa. The Rutanang Book Festival runs April 26-28. Although it started back Read More …

Kazakhstan’s Eurasia Book Fair gets underway in Astana

The annual Eurasia Book Fair kicked off in Kazakhstan yesterday, just one among countless book fairs happening around the globe this week, many far bigger, so no surprise it isn’t making any headlines. With just 28,000 visitors expected this isn’t one of the biggest book fairs on the planet – literally millions of people are Read More …

ADIBF PAY app sets the scene for a digital books explosion in the Arab markets

Digital debates are nothing new at the Arab book fairs, but 2018 may prove the tipping point in which digital books start to become mainstream in the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region and other parts of the world hitherto considered indifferent to ebooks. The Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, which starts today in the Read More …

Middle East publishing snapshot. As millions descend on Arab book fairs, Arab publishing ups its game

Last month the second Saudi Arabia Comic Con took place. Numbers are just in and 25,000 people turned up for the event in Riyadh. This past week Saudi cinema re-opened after 35 years, and the first film shown was Marvel’s Black Panther. While In Dubai the Middle East Film and Comic Con attracted 60,000 visitors, Read More …

Busting the myths of the global book market. Latinos don’t read redux

When it comes to the Spanish-language market we tend to think of Spain and Mexico, possibly Argentina, and just maybe the USA. In fact the USA has more Spanish speakers than Spain, but is often overlooked by publishers and authors when assessing the prospects for Spanish-language titles. A safer bet still is that countries like 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 …

May’s Tehran International Book Fair will showcase 141,000 European and Arabic language books. Millions of dollars worth of books will be sold

Saeed Abedini, managing director of Iranian International Publishers Association, is reporting that alongside the Persian titles at the Tehran International Book Fair this year will be 109,000 titles in European languages and a further 32,000 titles in Arabic. The eleven-day Tehran fair kicks off May 2 and is expected to see at least two million 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 …

Ghana plans to be the publishing hub of sub-Saharan Africa

The 16th Ghana International Book Fair is set for August 30 through September 2, and at the launch of the fair preparations this week in Accra the GIBF President, Elliot Agyare, said efforts are underway to make Ghana become the publishing hub of sub-Saharan Africa. According to the Ghana News Agency, Agyare said players in Read More …