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 …

Vietnam’s Tet book fairs sell $280,000 books in seven days, taking Vietnam book streets sales towards $4 million

The Tet (lunar New Year) holiday has just ended and book fairs set up for the event raked in over a quarter million dollars in book sales in the week long event. Fully half of that came from the Ho Chi Minh City event, held across three streets in District 1 – Nguyen Hue, Mac Read More …

12 mind-blowing book events you probably never knew happened in 2017

Usually on alternate Sundays I review the latest Hot Sheet from Jane Friedman and Porter Anderson, but this time around it was a review of the past year and much of what is covered has been discussed in previous reviews here, so this week I’m doing my own TNPS-style review of the 2017 publishing year Read More …

While western publishing parties, global publishing goes from strength to strength

It may be Christmas where you are, and the publishing industry is sleeping off one hangover just in time for the next as the New Year celebrations begin, but elsewhere in the world it’s business as usual for publishing. The Saudi Jeddah Book Fair and the Singapore Bookfest may have wound up on 24 December Read More …

While Myanmar bookstores struggle, street bookstores and English-language bookstores thrive

Myanmar has been in the news for all the wrong reasons this year, so let’s round off 2017 with a look at Myanmar’s book scene. Today’s Myanmar Times (never let it be said TNPS brings you old news!)(of course, time zones help) tells of English teacher Peter Evans, planning on opening his third bookstore in Read More …

S.E. Asia online economy growing faster than predicted. $200bn by 2025. Will publishers rise to the opportunity?

A year and a half after Google and Temasek’s first assessment of the SE Asia digital economy, a new report shows the region growing significantly faster than predicted. The report touches on neither books nor ebooks, but this study represents major opportunities for publishers, distributors, retailers and authors, both within the region and beyond. By 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 …

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 …