StoryDrive Asia 2017 – Not yet embracing digital the way it ought

StoryDrive Asia wound up a two day conference on Tuesday that has received little coverage in the western industry media beyond that offered by Porter Anderson over at Publishing Perspectives. The following snippets from a StoryDrive press release just issued gives some insights into what we missed, each followed by some off-the-cuff reactions from yours Read More …

Beta Kindle Lite for India’s slow connection readers

India may now be the second-largest smartphone market in the world, but in a country of 1.2 billion people many are still using a 2G connection, making even light-duty apps for e-reading a chore. Recognising that many Indian readers are struggling with the regular Kindle app Amazon a few days ago introduced the Kindle Lite Read More …

Amazon invests in second submarine cable, but AWS, not ebooks, is the focus

As Mark Twain famously never said, the only certainties in life are that SE Asia is an exciting prospect for e-commerce and Amazon wants to be there. This week comes news of Amazon’s second investment in submarine cables, as it joins Softbank, Facebook and others to finance the 14,000km long, 60Tbps capacity JUPITER (not initials, Read More …

India surpasses US to become second largest smartphone market. Publishers should be excited

India is now officially a bigger smartphone market than the USA, and while the US is close to stagnation, with few people left who haven’t connected, India is barely out of first gear. Not for nothing do I constantly say India is the most exciting prospect on the planet for future digital engagement by the Read More …

Google boost Africa’s web prospects. Ebooks to follow?

  “They have the internet in Africa?” It’s a rhetorical question I’m often asked. Rhetorical because those asking it have just realised I’m posting on the internet from West Africa. The surprise is understandable. If and when we think of Africa, the antiquated Victorian term the Dark Continent may well spring to mind. Not, I Read More …

Amazon’s imminent Brazil expansion may be good for ebooks

With reports emerging that Amazon is finally set to gear up its Brazil plans, it seems electronic goods (high demand, high margins, easy shipping) will be the first non-books sector on the agenda, and that might just be good news for ebooks. In India, where Amazon is engaged in a major push to dominate the Read More …

African sci fi, ebooks in Africa and other crazy notions

We’re a month away from the Aké Arts and Book Festival in Nigeria, and this year the African Speculative Fiction Society will be presenting the first annual Nommo Award for sci-fi. This hard on the heels of two sci-fi movies featuring at the Luxor African Film Festival earlier this year. Yes folks, the Global New Renaissance Read More …

Microfiction on mobiles drives India’s online literature boom

Further to our coverage of the Indian micro-fiction site Terribly Tiny Tales (TTT) early this month, this week the Times of India has an update. “It started out small…make that tiny. “With a Facebook page that invited stories no longer than a sentence or two. That was 2013. Today, the one-million strong Facebook community of Terribly Read More …

The largest purchaser of short fiction in the United States

“This American short fiction app is hoping its author quality control will attract a wide audience to its mobile story ‘bursts’”, says Molly Flatt over at The Bookseller’s Futurebook. Flatt is discussing Great Jones Street, the latest addition to the mobile-first short reads realm. Founded in 2015 by Kelly Abbott, Great Jones Street joins the Read More …

Publishing Brief 27 September 2017

There’s so much happening in publishing right now it’s impossible to keep on top of it all, but some stories are too good to pass by without at least a quick mention here at The New Publishing Standard. Here’s three of the best from my last browsing session.   1. Why didn’t B&N do KU? Read More …