Driverless cars open up new publishing opportunities. Renault is first to rise to the challenge

The French car manufacturer Renault has bought a 40% stake in Challenges Group, the publisher of the weekly economics magazine Challenges and four monthly science and history journals. Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn, reports Bloomberg, plans to stretch the carmaker’s suite of products to entertaining passengers in future driverless vehicles. (That means) new content specially designed Read More …

UK’s fastest growing bookseller partners with Kortext

The UK’s leading specialist and academic bookseller, Blackwell’s, has crowned a 30% increase in sales this year with a partnership with the global personal study platform and eTextbook provider Kortext. Kortext is acquiring Blackell’s e-learning business and together Kortext and Blackwell’s will deliver digital learning content solutions to Blackwell’s university and student customers across the Read More …

Sweden’s Storytel partners with Poland’s T-Mobile to deliver audiobooks

Not content with launching in India and preparing to launch in Italy, the Swedish audio-book subscription service Storytel has signed up with Polish telco T-Mobile PL to provide Polish audiobooks direct to T-Mobile subscribers. T-Mobile’s director of B2C marketing, Piotr Markowski, explained, Taking into account the dynamics of the audiobook market, I am convinced that 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 …

Sweden’s Storytel beats Amazon’s Audible to the India audiobook market

Audiobook producer and distributor Storytel added its ninth global audiobook subscription platform this week. India joins home country Sweden, and Denmark, Finland, Norway, Netherlands, Poland, Russia and Spain in having a Storytel platform. The United Arab Emirates may be next. Storytel is one of the world’s largest audiobook producers and distributors, turning out about 2,000 Read More …

Waterstones to open five new bookstores in time for Christmas. Barnes & Noble, please take notes

As Barnes & Noble continues to struggle, management will be looking on enviously as its British counterpart, Waterstones, defies the odds to rebuild a national bookstore chain that not long ago seemed a hopeless cause. As reported here last month, Waterstones is being lined up for re-sale. Waterstone’s was rescued from near bankruptcy several years 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 …

Romania’s Gaudeamus Int. Book Fair opens today. Expected to attract 125,000 visitors

Romania’s Gaudeamus International Book Fair opened its doors in Bucharest earlier today, and over the course of the five day event some 125,000 visitors are expected to squeeze through its doors. The Gaudeamus event, not to be confused with the bigger Bucharest Int. Book Fair that took place in May, is organised by Radio Romania Read More …

The English-language bookshop reopens in Romania

Literally as I write this post on the evening of Wednesday 15 November 2017 the Anthony Frost English Bookshop has just re-opened, according to the store’s Facebook page, after a ten month hiatus. The Anthony Frost English Bookshop, as the name suggests, is an English-language bookstore. In the Romanian capital, Bucharest. The bookstore closed in Read More …