China’s curvy new bookstore floats in the clouds

When it comes to embracing digital reading, China is the world leader, with more ebook readers, more digital authors, and bigger ebook stores than anywhere else on the planet. But print, here as everywhere, is still king, and despite the fact that the Chinese live more of their lives on their smartphones than any other Read More …

India’s Neyveli Book Fair sees 200,000 visitors spend less than in 2017 – a rare reversal of a global trend

While there’s no question the trend in international book fairs is more visitors spending more cash on more books, there are of course exceptions, and this year India’s Neyveli Book Fair has proven to be one of them. By some accounts vendors are reporting takings down between 25%-40% compared to 2017, despite beating footfall expectations, Read More …

Bonnier shifts problem child Type & Tell to Adlibris

When Bonnier Books Nova launched Type & Tell back in 2015 the vision was to tap into the growing Swedish self-publishing market and cherry pick top authors for mainstream publishing. It never really took off in Sweden (just 5,000 registered users) and in early 2017 Bonnier decided to try its arm in the UK, with Read More …

SNCF offers a second year of free reading for children on French trains

The French national rail operator SNCF is letting children read ebooks for free on its trains for the second year running. Kids age 8-13 will need to download an app and then have a choice of free ebooks to enjoy on the journey, with the bonus that they can continue reading after the journey ends. Read More …

Storytel reports strong growth. Beats Q2 expectations

With 621,000 subscribers in Q2 2018, up nearly 200,000 on the same period 2017, Storytel’s CEO Jonas Tellander is reporting another quarter of strong growth. In a press release Storytel announced, Streaming revenues for the period totaled circa 239 MSEK ($27.3 million), which corresponds to 43% in annual revenue growth, slightly more than three million Read More …

Evidence mounts for an Amazon Sweden launch this year, but no sign publishers need worry yet

Amazon has been in talks with a number of Swedish logistics companies, including PostNord, as it continues to explore its Scandinavian options. While Amazon has of course not confirmed a date, the expectation seems to be later this year, which is in keeping with speculation I explored here at TNPS back in March: Sweden’s Nextory Read More …

OverDrive wins 4 year contract to supply ebooks to Sweden’s libraries

News is breaking in Sweden that America’s OverDrive has out-tendered domestic rival Axiell to become the primary ebook distributor for Sweden’s public libraries. Axiell bought out former market leader Elib in 2015 and seemed in an unbeatable position, but didn’t reckon on Rakuten’s growing hunger for the international ebook markets, which offered a “significantly cheaper” Read More …

Storytel launches in Italy

Storytel today goes live in its thirteenth market, as Italy joins hands with Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Spain, India, the United Arab Emirates and Turkey. Launches in Bulgaria and Mexico planned for later this year. Regulars here at TNPS will not be surprised by the Italy launch, which I first Read More …

An Indian retelling of ‘King Lear’ wins the UK’s Desmond Elliott Prize

Against strong competition from Gail Honeyman’s Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and Paula Cocozza’s How to Be Human, a retelling of Shakespeare’s King Lear, set in modern-day India, took the coveted Desmond Elliott Prize for debut fiction this week. Preti Taneja collects £10,000 for We That Are Young, a novel that, according to Outlook India, Read More …

Audible India to launch in November?

Unconfirmed rumours in the Indian press suggest Amazon is readying its in-beta Audible India launch for November, to mark the India celebration of Diwali. If true the timeline will catch many by surprise. Amazon is believed to have started progressing Audible India in early 2017 and The Times of India reported Audible IN was widely Read More …