The world’s youngest bi-lingual published author

It was only last week we reported on the world’s youngest published author (Guinness Book of Records certified), a four year old in the Seychelles. This week we report on the world’s youngest published author (Guinness Book of Records certified) to write a bi-lingual book – in Singapore. Singapore’s The Straits Times tells us of Read More …

World’s youngest published author sets Guinness record in Seychelles

When it comes to children’s books we tend to think of books for children written by adults. And understandably so. Writing a book is a craft that need to be learned, and often that can take years – even decades – of practice. Some never master it. If course there are exceptions, and since 2005 Read More …

Charlie and the Crowdfunded Chocolate Factory

Back on November 1st a little known children’s product start-up by the name of Yoto launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter for its smart-speakers project. Of course we are all by now familiar with smart-speakers, and they are even shaping storytelling, with interactive audio content being created specifically for devices like Amazon’s Alexa. But for Read More …

Shanghai pop-up bookstore sets the scene for the Shanghai Int. Children’s Book Fair

The biggest children’s publishing event in Asia kicks off tomorrow, 17 November. The Shanghai International Book Fair is a trade-focussed event, attracting 9,000 trade visitors last year, with 23,000 public visitors squeezing in. This year will be the fifth incarnation, and at a time when children’s literature is booming in China. But for anyone arriving Read More …

Record-breaking Sharjah Int. Book Fair – 2.38 million visitors. $56 million book sales in ten days

The ten day Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) wound up yesterday (Saturday) and literally as I was writing this post today, Sunday, the official numbers rolled in. 2.38 million visitors attended the event in the United Arab Emirates, and books to the value of $56 million were sold. As many commentators are saying, Sharjah is Read More …

Book sales slightly down amid mixed publisher earnings reports

The publisher earnings reports are rolling in once again, and it’s a mixed bag, even as NPD Bookscan reports tracked book sales down This of course is by no means all book sales, but does reflect the performance of the bigger mainstream publishers. According to a summary over at Publishers Lunch, Print sales through outlets Read More …

Harry Potter and the magic of Augmented Reality

Two big AR stories are making the news this week, both with consequences for the publishing industry. Apple is working on an augmented reality head-set that will likely launch in 2020 and replace the iPhone as top product, according to Bloomberg. Tim Cooke believes AR will be the next big thing. That’s AR as in augmented Read More …

Children’s books thrive amid the ups and downs of US bookstore retail. For now

With the pending closure of Book World’s 45 mid-west USA bookstores it may seem like another mortal blow to print books and bricks & mortar stores, but there are still reasons to be optimistic. The Canadian bookstore chain Indigo, for example, plans to open five stores in the US over the next two years. While Read More …

Out of Africa comes great fantasy, but a dark undercurrent of racism responds

With the current vogue for diversity in publishing comes, inevitably, cries of foul as author achievements are dismissed as concessions to ethnic origins and diversity quotas. One would think that award-winning Nigerian-American fantasy writer Nnedi Okorafor (World Fantasy Award, Macmillan Writer’s Prize for Africa, Children’s Africana Book Award, Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature in Africa) had established Read More …

Pakistan gets graphic to attract reluctant readers

Attracting reluctant readers to books is a worldwide problem for publishers. Comics and graphic novels are one way to bring more readers to books. That’s not their only benefit – comics and graphic novels can make you smarter in other ways, if this post on Geek and Sundry last year is to be believed. In Read More …