Print sales down 43%. Ebooks sale up 60%. Will the 2017 Christmas Book Flood be good news for Iceland’s publishers?

Come Christmas, and thoughts turn to northern climes. And in Iceland, thoughts turn to books, and the Jólabókaflóð, which monoglots like me will be pleased to know translates to the more  pronounceable Christmas Book Flood. The Christmas Book Flood began in 1944. Iceland had just gained independence from Denmark, and as paper was not rationed Read More …

Ten things you can relate to at the world’s biggest book sale – 4.5 million books at great discounts

The world’s biggest book sale is underway in Malaysia, and Rokal Daily has a great post this week highlighting “10 Things You Can Relate To If You’re A Big Bad Wolf Book Sale Junkie.” Big Bad what? For us in the west, finding great books is as easy as easy as popping to the local Read More …

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 …

Pakistan’s Karachi Book Fair attendance sets new record. But no, not six million. Try 600,000

The Karachi International Book Fair has just wound up, and as expected, a record number of visitors attended. Pakistan’s The Nation is reporting that six million people attended, up on five million last year. Hmmm. I think someone on The Nation’s staff needs a numeracy lesson. Six million visitors would make the Karachi Book Fair Read More …

Days before the Jeddah Book Fair, Saudi Arabia legalises cinemas after 35 years of draconian arts suppression

This has been rumoured for some while, so not really a surprise – many new commercial developments have had cinemas built already, in anticipation of this move – but a very welcome sign that Saudi Arabia is finally leaving behind its more draconian laws and allowing the arts to, if not yet flourish, at least Read More …

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 …

Philippines court orders Chinese copyright infringer to pay $490,000 to publisher

Piracy, both print and digital, is a challenge publishers and authors face the world over when releasing our works into the public arena. And in some parts of the world copyright law is less vigorously than in others. This week comes news of a landmark ruling in the Philippines where a Pinoy court has ordered 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 …