Driverless cars open up new publishing opportunities. Renault is first to rise to the challenge

The French car manufacturer Renault has bought a 40% stake in Challenges Group, the publisher of the weekly economics magazine Challenges and four monthly science and history journals. Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn, reports Bloomberg, plans to stretch the carmaker’s suite of products to entertaining passengers in future driverless vehicles. (That means) new content specially designed Read More …

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 …

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 …

The world’s youngest bi-lingual published author

It was only last week we reported on the world’s youngest published author (Guinness Book of Records certified), a four year old in the Seychelles. This week we report on the world’s youngest published author (Guinness Book of Records certified) to write a bi-lingual book – in Singapore. Singapore’s The Straits Times tells us of Read More …

Philippines court orders Chinese copyright infringer to pay $490,000 to publisher

Piracy, both print and digital, is a challenge publishers and authors face the world over when releasing our works into the public arena. And in some parts of the world copyright law is less vigorously than in others. This week comes news of a landmark ruling in the Philippines where a Pinoy court has ordered Read More …

World’s youngest published author sets Guinness record in Seychelles

When it comes to children’s books we tend to think of books for children written by adults. And understandably so. Writing a book is a craft that need to be learned, and often that can take years – even decades – of practice. Some never master it. If course there are exceptions, and since 2005 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 …

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 …

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 …