São Paulo International Book Biennial sells 100,000 tickets in advance. Sharjah guest of honour

1,500 hours of activities are lined up for the 25th edition of the São Paulo International Book Biennial next month (August 3-12), up from 1,300 hours in 2016, and with a budget of R$ 32 million (US $8 million) the event is shaping up to break records on all fronts. In 2016 the Biennial drew Read More …

Shortlist of 5 announced for World’s Best New Library

35 libraries from 19 countries were in the running, but just five have been shortlisted for the annual prize to be acclaimed 2018 Public Library of the Year, awarded to a public library that is either newly built or set up in premises not previously used for library purposes. The jury consists of members of Read More …

Storytel confirms Latin America ambitions. Mexico launch this year

Storytel has confirmed its plans to launch in Latin America, with Mexico  first in line. As revealed here on TNPS a month ago, Storytel has been talking with publishers across Latin America – Storytel’s Latin American ambitions. Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and Colombia for 2019? and in an unusual move for Storytel it has made a Read More …

Brazil’s Flipoços International Literary Festival sees 85,000 visitors, sells $325,000 books in nine days

When I reported earlier this month that some six million people would be visiting book events in May I added the proviso that the real number would be a lot higher as I will have missed many “smaller” events in my snapshot. As all eyes turn to the New York Book Expo, more than 6 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 …

As Amazon’s South America plans become clearer, will Kindle ebooks even be a feature?

It’s now more than three years since Amazon launched a Kindle store. Back in those heady days of 2011-12 it seemed the Amazon Kindle store was on a mission to take ebooks to the world. From just the USA in 2007 Amazon opened Kindle stores in the UK in 2010, then dashed off four in Read More …

Brazil’s comic con may have been bigger than the USA’s. 275,000 expected as the Jeddah Book Fair gets under way in Saudi Arabia

With just ten days to go ’til Christmas the western publishing industry is preparing to take a break, happy to sit back and let the booksellers, online and off, do their work. But publishing is a global industry where geographical and calendar boundaries are increasingly meaningless, and for much of the world it’s business as Read More …

Brazil book sales buoyant as Justice League breaks box-office records

Justice League, the latest superhero film from Warner Bros and DC Comics, has not been the spectacular success it was hoped. At least. not in the USA. But globally it has outperformed expectations. And that’s just at the box office. Plenty more revenue streams to roll in from DVD sales of course and, this being Read More …

Yaoundé Conference – analogue thinking in a digital age. African publishers needs to embrace digital, not re-invent First World battles.

It’s a sad commentary on the state of Cameroon publishing that the best overview of the industry I can find is from 2005. That may be about to change. This past week in the Cameroon capital Yaoundé a conference on the future of African publishing was wide-ranging in its discussions. Titled ‘The Publishing Industry in Read More …

Brazil’s slavery history exposed in graphic novel format

In the dark history of the trans-Atlantic slave trade few can be unaware of the “golden triangle” of trade between Britain, West Africa and North America. Which makes Britain and the US the two largest African-slave-owning nations, right? Well, not quite. In fact Britain traded in, but did not in any meaningful way own slaves. Read More …