June global book fair snapshot – 3 to 4 million attend book events outside the US / UK

We’re just a few days away from the Seoul International Book Fair, which kicks off in South Korea June 20-24, in a five day event expected to draw a crowd of 300,000. Add that to the 700,000 attending Bookfest Malaysia and we’re already looking at our first million booklovers attending literary fairs and festivals this 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 …

Warsaw, Minsk, Bucharest, Bratislava, Lillehammer, St. Petersburg, Dublin, Kiev, Madrid, Lisbon – the European book fair season is under way

Although we have had significant European book fairs already this year, it is in May that things really step up a gear, as winter is laid to rest, spring has sprung and thoughts turn to a summer of books. May started with the Thessalonika fair in Greece (85,000 visitors) and the Tanpinar festival in Turkey, Read More …

Storytel now live in Turkey. Italy launch imminent and Bulgaria launch soon

Storytel’s twelfth audiobook and ebook store went live this past week (confession – I got distracted by the IPA Regional Seminar, so a few days late with the news), with Turkey the third of five planned launches this year. Turkey joined Iceland and the United Arab Emirates as 2018 additions to a fold that already Read More …

Storytel confirms Italy launch this summer. Turkey before then. Bulgaria and UAE to follow

A tweet from Andrew Rhomberg of Jellybooks confirms Storytel Italy will be launching “in a few months.” TNPS broke the story of Storytel’s Italy plans back in December – Storytel dots the ‘i’s with an Italy launch pending, having just opened in India – but when Jane Friedman an Porter Anderson of the Hot Sheet Read More …

Storytel Q4 revenue up 27% in Q4. Streaming revenue up 42%. Subscribers up 48% to 533,000. 15 countries by end 2018

While not yet in profit, Storytel has made impressive gains over Q4 2017, with overall revenue up 27% on the period, while streaming revenue rose 47%. CEO Jonas Tellander confirmed total subscribers now at 533,400, in keeping with a TNPS estimate last month. Storytel has 300,000 Swedish subscribers, a further 250,000 beyond and is aiming Read More …

“Connecting countries through literacy” – Malta’s President at the Sofia City Library, Bulgaria

Malta’s President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, on a state visit to Bulgaria, visited the Sofia City Library, which often works with the Maltese National Literacy Agency on educational and literacy initiatives between the two countries. Addressing an audience of adults and children in the Bulgarian capital, President Coleiro Preca said that, a country that appreciates books is a Read More …

While western publishing parties, global publishing goes from strength to strength

It may be Christmas where you are, and the publishing industry is sleeping off one hangover just in time for the next as the New Year celebrations begin, but elsewhere in the world it’s business as usual for publishing. The Saudi Jeddah Book Fair and the Singapore Bookfest may have wound up on 24 December Read More …

“Bulgarian readers are hungry for Chinese books”

The Sofia International Book Fair has just wound up, and among the key players was China’s Foreign Language Teaching & Research Press (FLTRP), attending the fair, which typically sees about 50,000 visitors, for the first time. Although it was China’s first Sofia Book Fair appearance, FLTRP has been working with Bulgaria’s Iztok-Zapad (East-West) publishing house Read More …