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 …

Karachi International Book Fair expects 500,000 visitors this week

We’re into the last few weeks of 2017, but if you were thinking the Guadalajara International Book Fair, which finished on December 3rd, meant game over and we could all relax until the new year, think again. Numbers aren’t in for the Guadalajara event yet, but it was expected 800,000 visitors would pass through its Read More …

Austenistan – the Jane Austen Society of Pakistan’s new anthology reminds us of Austen’s universal appeal

It is a truth universally acknowledged that we in the west can’t get enough Jane Austen. But what about elsewhere in the world? The Bollywood-style movie Bride and Prejudice no doubt springs to mind, but as the term Bollywood-style suggests, the film wasn’t actual made in India. But given the social parallels between Regency England Read More …

Pakistan 3G/4G users hit 46 million. Ebooks widely unavailable as Big 5 ebook retailers look the other way.

We’re just weeks away from the 13th Karachi International Book Fair in Pakistan (7-11 December) and it’s a safe bet that, despite Pakistan having 46 million 3G/4G subscribers and 141 million mobile phone users, and despite being the third largest English-speaking country on the planet, ebooks will not be on the agenda. Reporting on the Read More …

Pakistan gets graphic to attract reluctant readers

Attracting reluctant readers to books is a worldwide problem for publishers. Comics and graphic novels are one way to bring more readers to books. That’s not their only benefit – comics and graphic novels can make you smarter in other ways, if this post on Geek and Sundry last year is to be believed. In Read More …