Spotify plans a MENA launch as thoughts turn to audiobooks. MENA’s digital genie is out of the bottle

With TechCrunch reporting Spotify is looking at tie-ups with Hulu, and possibly a tie-in with Scribd for audiobooks, comes news that Spotify will be a launching in the United Arab Emirates in 2018-19, and looking to make a mark on the MENA (Middle East – North Africa) region. First, let’s take a look at Spotify’s Read More …

“The future of global publishing lies in the emerging markets” – Sheikha Bodour al Qasimi

In an article in VenturesAfrica today Bodour al Qasim takes a look at the potential of the African book markets, using her own country, the United Arab Emirates, as an example of what might be achievable. At which point, full disclosure: Bodour Al Qasim as credited by VenturesAfrica is in fact Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Read More …

Ten global publishing stories not to be missed. 10 May 2018 collation

The global publishing market has never been more exciting, and every day myriad publishing stories cross my screen that I’d love to develop here at TNPS, but there simply isn’t time. But if you’re reading TNPS in the first place you probably share my obsession with all things international publishing, and would no doubt enjoy Read More …

Israel blocks Jordanian and other Arab publishers from Palestine International Book Fair

The 11th Palestine International Book Fair, which began Thursday, had been expecting 500 publishers, mostly from across the Arab world. Israel had other ideas. The Jordanian News Agency Petra reported at the weekend that Jordanian and other Arab publishers had been stopped at the border, despite their shipments of books having been previously approved and Read More …

Amazon finally moves on the Arab ebook markets. Is a Kindle Egypt store or even a pan-Arab Kindle store on the cards?

Regulars here at TNPS will be aware the MENA (Middle East North Africa) Arabic-language book market is nowhere near the dead-end for books that some believe. In fact Arab book fairs and festivals attract huge numbers of visitors and sell huge volumes of books each year. In the first five months of 2018 alone, upwards Read More …

Casablanca International Book Fair update:  over a half million visitors in 2018

A recurring topic here at TNPS is the rise and rise of global book fairs and festivals, as the proliferation of smartphones and social media allows booklovers across the planet to share information about books and literary happenings. As the prestigious London Book Fair got underway last month the headline here at TNPS was While Read More …

Children’s books are booming in the Arab world as Arab authors reflect changing societies

The Arabic Childrenʹs Literature Festival was held last month in Munich, reports Qantara, where at the city’s Gasteig cultural centre the International Youth Library presented a catalogue of Arabic-language children’s books for German readers. Qantara, noting that, Arabic childrenʹs books have been all but invisible in Germany (with) almost no translations into German and very Read More …

Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival “Carnival of Knowledge” just misses a quarter million visitors

With the theme “Your Future … Just a Book Away” the just-ended tenth Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival in the United Arab Emirates drew 247,000 visitors, of which 52,000 were children. While the 2018 event fell short of last year’s record 306,000 visitors it was still an impressive turnout, and all the more so given the Read More …

Fidibo launches Persian-language e-reader as the Tehran International Book Fair readies to launch tomorrow

Ebooks are nothing new in Iran, but up until now there hasn’t been an ereader capable of handling the Farsi (Persian) script. That all changed this week when the Iranian ebook retailer Fidibo launched a Farsi-enabled ereader. The first of the Fidibook series is the Hannah F1, a 6” Android device with an e-ink screen, Read More …

Kazakhstan, Colombia, Argentina, Malaysia, Dominican Republic, South Africa, UAE, Guinea Conakry and many more… Millions of book lovers are descending on global book fairs this week. And that’s nothing unusual

In Argentina today the Buenos Aries International Book Fair kicks off. It runs from April 26 through May 14, and 1.2 million visitors are expected. At the other end of the scale, a smaller but no less significant book event is underway in South Africa. The Rutanang Book Festival runs April 26-28. Although it started back Read More …