7 million users in the Philippines as Wattpad’s Tencent-backed Asia plans step up a gear

The Philippines has long been one of Wattpad’s strongholds, but this month comes news from Manila Bulletin that fully 7 million of Wattpad’s 65+ million users around the world are from that one country. After the latest $51 million round of Wattpad funding in January, with a substantial portion coming from China’s Tencent – Tencent Read More …

Ten global publishing stories not to be missed. 3 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 …

World Book Day snapshot: Borneo and Ghana

 It’s a truth universally acknowledged that the global book market is the USA, the UK, a handful of other Anglophone and west European countries, and , well, that’s it. Or so it seems sometimes. But in this week of World Book Day TNPS, not one to shy away from shining a spotlight on the invisible Read More …

Ten global publishing stories not to be missed. 16 April 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 …

While all eyes are on the London Book Fair this week, in the thirty days either side of the LBF over 13 million people are visiting book fairs around the globe

The London Book Fair is underway, and there’s no question it’s one of the most important trade book fairs of the year. But these big trade events (the London Book Fair, the New York Book Expo, the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, the Frankfurt Book Fair, etc,) are just that – trade-focussed events where public access Read More …

Singapore. Population: 5.6 million. Library members: 2.4 million. Library loans: 33 million

Singapore’s National Library Board made the headlines briefly earlier this year when Singapore joined the US and Canada in the notional OverDrive One Million Club. That is, a country where OverDrive saw over one million digital downloads. Not such a surprise given almost half the population are library members, and that in 2016 the Singapore Read More …

Publishing and bookstore giant Gramedia holds its first Writers and Readers Forum in Indonesia

The 2018 Gramedia Writers and Readers Forum is happening this weekend (April 7-8) at the National Library of Indonesia in Jakarta. Kompass Gramedia, Indonesia’s biggest media conglomerate, which owns the Gramedia bookstore chain (Indonesia and Malaysia) and Gramedia Publishing, is running the event in collaboration with the National Library of Indonesia, the Creative Economy Agency Read More …

4.5 million English-language books are pulling in 750,000 booklovers in… Indonesia

There are any number of contenders for the claim to be the most unlikely book event ever. But a front runner for the crown must be the Indonesia Big Bad Wolf event this year. Indonesia’s biggest book sale is underway right now in Jakarta, and as ever its 24-hour non-stop book-buying. Last year 40,000 a day Read More …

1 million visitors expected as the Ho Chi Minh City Book Festival gets underway in Vietnam, with 300,000 titles and 30 million books

The 10th Ho Chi Minh City Book Festival runs from March 19 through 25 this year, with the theme “Books – Culture, Integration and Development.” It promises to be another huge SE Asia book event that will be largely ignored on the western publishing circuit where it seems we prefer to perpetuate the myth that Read More …

The world’s biggest book sale moves to Indonesia. And this time it’s 5.5 million books. 2018 is the year of the Big Bad Wolf

The Big Bad Wolf debuted in the Philippines last month, taking 2 million books to the World Trade Centre in Pasay City, Manila for a ten day non-stop (literally, 24/7) book sale that had Filipinos queuing for two hours just to pay for the books they had selected. As one Filipino booklover reminisced in the Read More …