While Myanmar bookstores struggle, street bookstores and English-language bookstores thrive

Myanmar has been in the news for all the wrong reasons this year, so let’s round off 2017 with a look at Myanmar’s book scene. Today’s Myanmar Times (never let it be said TNPS brings you old news!)(of course, time zones help) tells of English teacher Peter Evans, planning on opening his third bookstore in Read More …

Indonesia likely to tax ebooks in 2018

A World Trade Organization (WTO) moratorium on charging import tariffs for intangible goods expires at the end of this year, and with just weeks to go the Indonesian government is among several looking at using the opportunity to raise revenue from imported software, ebooks and other intangibles. Coconuts Jakarta quotes Deni Surjantoro, head of the sub-directorate of Read More …

S.E. Asia online economy growing faster than predicted. $200bn by 2025. Will publishers rise to the opportunity?

A year and a half after Google and Temasek’s first assessment of the SE Asia digital economy, a new report shows the region growing significantly faster than predicted. The report touches on neither books nor ebooks, but this study represents major opportunities for publishers, distributors, retailers and authors, both within the region and beyond. By Read More …

British publishing needs more working class stories, more diversity and more colouring books. Apparently.

Philip Jones, editor of The Bookseller, blogs this week on the British Christmas trade. I stress British, because despite the many similarities between the US and UK book trades there are also significant differences. While romance dominates the US bestseller lists, mystery and thriller is the top genre in the UK. While Barnes & Noble Read More …

Bharti Airtel acquires strategic stake in Juggernaut Books

Those who have followed my ramblings elsewhere over the years will know I view India as one of the most exciting book markets on the planet, and will also know how enthusiastically I greeted the launch of the digital publisher Juggernaut last year. Juggernaut has since seen just shy of one million downloads and with Read More …

Iceland exports its authors as a prelude to exporting its books

Who’d be an Icelandic author? With a population of less than half a million and a language pretty much unique to the island, there is of course no significant publishing industry in the country, and very little chance of earning a living as a writer in the home market. Remarkably this hasn’t stopped Iceland having Read More …

Social media and Instagram are making books sexy again – in NIgeria

Time was, if you had heard of an African author at all, it would be either an author in the US or Britain that originally came from Africa, or a prize-winning African author that had attracted the attention of the western publishing establishment. Put simply, we in the west got to read only that African Read More …

Tencent joins the half-trillion club, and look how close it is to Amazon…

On Tuesday Tencent, the Chinese e-commerce titan, leapfrogged Facebook to become the fifth most valuable company on the planet. China now holds two of the top six places in the world rankings for market capitalization, and while Apple is still too far ahead to be dislodged, both Tencent and Alibaba are within shouting distance of Read More …

SE Asia “one of the most promising publishing regions”

That was the sub-header in Publishing Perspectives today as Porter Anderson updated us on StoryDrive Asia 2017. I covered StoryDrive Asia here in TNPS a few days ago, where I argued the SE Asia publishers were not embracing digital as quickly as they ought, leaving many hurdles standing. Today Anderson’s coverage develops the hurdles theme. Read More …

The Hot Sheet Reviewed – second November 2017 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 twice-monthly 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 …