Brazil’s comic con may have been bigger than the USA’s. 275,000 expected as the Jeddah Book Fair gets under way in Saudi Arabia

With just ten days to go ’til Christmas the western publishing industry is preparing to take a break, happy to sit back and let the booksellers, online and off, do their work. But publishing is a global industry where geographical and calendar boundaries are increasingly meaningless, and for much of the world it’s business as 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 …

Storytel dots the ‘i’s with an Italy launch pending, having just opened in India

It seems like only days ago that I reported here on TNPS that Storytel has launched in India, beating Amazon’s Audible, not due to go live in India until the new year some time. Storytel also has a launch in the United Arab Emirates pending. Sweden’s Storytel beats Amazon’s Audible to the India audiobook market 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 …

Book-swap parties trending in India

This won’t go down well with the digital fundamentalists who believe print belongs to a different era, but book-swap parties, where eager readers get together with other readers to swap books, is a growing trend in India. And it makes perfect sense. In a country of over a billion people the chances of you sitting Read More …

Penguin India Bags Publisher of the Year Award

The Mumbai LitFest has just wound up, and Penguin India took the Publisher of the Year award at the Tata Lit Live event. The award goes to India’s largest English-language publisher as it celebrates thirty years in the country. Penguin has been at the forefront of developing commercial fiction (genre fiction), which as Jean Burke-Spraker Read More …

Writing in India’s shadow – the challenge facing Nepali authors

I was e-chatting with a Canadian author recently and the topic turned to what it is like for Canadian authors, writing in the shadow of their giant neighbour, the USA. Canada has a vibrant literary community and heritage. For example the Montreal International Book Fair, which begins its 40th anniversary incarnation tomorrow, Wednesday 15 November, is Read More …

Walking book fairs and books on wheels – India’s trad-publishers party like its 2009

Penguin Random House has been in India thirty years, and is marking the event by again partnering its Penguin on Wheels wagon with Walking Book Fairs, touring the country to offer discounted books to eager readers. First launched in May 2016 Penguin on Wheels was the first such initiative by a major publisher in India. Neha Punj, Read More …

Beta Kindle Lite for India’s slow connection readers

India may now be the second-largest smartphone market in the world, but in a country of 1.2 billion people many are still using a 2G connection, making even light-duty apps for e-reading a chore. Recognising that many Indian readers are struggling with the regular Kindle app Amazon a few days ago introduced the Kindle Lite Read More …

India surpasses US to become second largest smartphone market. Publishers should be excited

India is now officially a bigger smartphone market than the USA, and while the US is close to stagnation, with few people left who haven’t connected, India is barely out of first gear. Not for nothing do I constantly say India is the most exciting prospect on the planet for future digital engagement by the Read More …