Ten things you can relate to at the world’s biggest book sale – 4.5 million books at great discounts

The world’s biggest book sale is underway in Malaysia, and Rokal Daily has a great post this week highlighting “10 Things You Can Relate To If You’re A Big Bad Wolf Book Sale Junkie.” Big Bad what? For us in the west, finding great books is as easy as easy as popping to the local 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 …

UK’s fastest growing bookseller partners with Kortext

The UK’s leading specialist and academic bookseller, Blackwell’s, has crowned a 30% increase in sales this year with a partnership with the global personal study platform and eTextbook provider Kortext. Kortext is acquiring Blackell’s e-learning business and together Kortext and Blackwell’s will deliver digital learning content solutions to Blackwell’s university and student customers across the Read More …

Singapore’s biggest bookstore chain diversifies as book market stagnates. Or does it?

  Stagnating book markets are a troublesome feature of the modern world, where so many different forms of infotainment vie for our limited cash and attention. In Singapore Cheng Ngok Chou, the eighty year old CEO of Popular, the biggest bookstore chain in the country, believes the book market is stagnating, and he’s experimenting with Read More …

Sweden’s Storytel partners with Poland’s T-Mobile to deliver audiobooks

Not content with launching in India and preparing to launch in Italy, the Swedish audio-book subscription service Storytel has signed up with Polish telco T-Mobile PL to provide Polish audiobooks direct to T-Mobile subscribers. T-Mobile’s director of B2C marketing, Piotr Markowski, explained, Taking into account the dynamics of the audiobook market, I am convinced that Read More …

Waterstones to open five new bookstores in time for Christmas. Barnes & Noble, please take notes

As Barnes & Noble continues to struggle, management will be looking on enviously as its British counterpart, Waterstones, defies the odds to rebuild a national bookstore chain that not long ago seemed a hopeless cause. As reported here last month, Waterstones is being lined up for re-sale. Waterstone’s was rescued from near bankruptcy several years Read More …

The English-language bookshop reopens in Romania

Literally as I write this post on the evening of Wednesday 15 November 2017 the Anthony Frost English Bookshop has just re-opened, according to the store’s Facebook page, after a ten month hiatus. The Anthony Frost English Bookshop, as the name suggests, is an English-language bookstore. In the Romanian capital, Bucharest. The bookstore closed in Read More …

Pearson shutters watermarked ebooks in its digital store

Hat tip to Nate Hoffelder at The Digital Reader for bringing this story to my attention. It seems Pearson sent out an email this week to its customers announcing that watermarked ebooks will no longer be available from the MyPearson.com ebook store. Effective immediately watermarked ebooks are no longer for sale, and watermarked ebooks that Read More …

Canada’s Indigo to open five US bookstores

In blatant defiance of the popular chant that US retail is dead, and despite not yet being in profit itself, the Canadian “cultural department store” operator Indigo plans to open its first store in the US next summer, starting in New Jersey, with four more to follow. The New jersey store will be in a Read More …

“Hear everything from whispers to heavy breathing” – unlimited romance from Audible

Audible has launched a new unlimited subscription service for romance audiobooks, whereby readers can pay $6.95 as an add-on to an existing Audible subscription or pay a flat fee of $14.95. Each book is rated either sweet, simmering, sizzling, hot damn or O-O-OMG, and readers can drill down through 41 micro-categories and 131 story and Read More …