Amazon and Apple head for Saudi Arabia, but Kindle and iBooks stores unlikely

Having acquired Souq earlier this year it was inevitable Amazon’s interests would turn to the wider MENA (Middle East North Africa) region. And as 2017 ended it transpired both Amazon and Apple were negotiating with the Saudi authorities to do business in the kingdom. In Apple’s case negotiations are quite advanced, with a formal agreement expected Read More …

Saudi Arabia’s online bookstore delivers Jeddah Book Fair orders to your door

The Jeddah International Book Fair drew to a close Christmas Eve and as ever, while many people went home laden with books, others couldn’t carry as many as they’d have liked, and of course many simply couldn’t be there for the big event. But across the Middle East, as elsewhere where the bookstore infrastructure we Read More …

Saudi Arabia’s youngest Arabic-language author at the Jeddah Int. Book Fair

The western publishing industry is slowly shutting shop as we count down the last few days to Christmas, and there won’t be much activity now until the New Year. But here at The New Publishing Standard we are celebrating the international publishing business, charting the Global New Renaissance day by day, so it will be Read More …

Dahd – the Arab world’s answer to Audible audiobooks

While we all love what Amazon is doing with the Kindle stores and Audible, the sad reality is the Kindle store and Audible only cater to a fraction of the world’s readers and listeners, leaving the door wide open to other players. As reported here at TNPS recently, Sweden’s Storytel has been quick to step Read More …

Brazil’s comic con may have been bigger than the USA’s. 275,000 expected as the Jeddah Book Fair gets under way in Saudi Arabia

With just ten days to go ’til Christmas the western publishing industry is preparing to take a break, happy to sit back and let the booksellers, online and off, do their work. But publishing is a global industry where geographical and calendar boundaries are increasingly meaningless, and for much of the world it’s business as Read More …

Days before the Jeddah Book Fair, Saudi Arabia legalises cinemas after 35 years of draconian arts suppression

This has been rumoured for some while, so not really a surprise – many new commercial developments have had cinemas built already, in anticipation of this move – but a very welcome sign that Saudi Arabia is finally leaving behind its more draconian laws and allowing the arts to, if not yet flourish, at least Read More …