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 …

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 world’s biggest book sale, redux. Make that 2.5 million

Thanks to the miracles of time zones I’m able to report today, part way through Monday 09 October, that the world’s biggest book sale finished at midnight on Monday 09 October, A few days ago we reported on the world’s biggest book sale, the Big Bad Wolf sale in Colombo, Sri Lanka, with 1.5 million Read More …

The World’s Biggest Book Sale. And no, Amazon has nothing to do with it

It was the publishing industry’s Super Thursday yesterday. In Colombo. In the UK of course it was also Super Thursday, the day when some 500 hardcover titles are released on one day, marking the start of the Christmas book-shopping season. Publishers big and small, except indie authors, were lining up to get their new hardcover Read More …