JCB launches a new prize for Indian literature

JCB is probably best known for its delightful yellow earthmoving and construction equipment, the stuff of every young boy’s dreams. But this year and onwards JCB is also going to become a part of every Indian author’s dreams, as it launches the JCB prize for Literature. JCB of course is not noted for its appreciation Read More …

Nepal’s publishing boom is print focussed as ebooks continue to struggle

The Himalayan country of Nepal is probably not on the radar of most western authors and publishers, but with more people than Australia, and over half the population online, it could be an exciting opportunity. Right now Nepal is experiencing something of a publishing boom, in print at least. But despite 16 million people connecting Read More …

Ten global publishing stories not to be missed. 6 March 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. I also have a rule that I don’t repeat a story published elsewhere on the western publishing circuit unless I can offer some additional Read More …

Pakistan’s Shehr-e-Kitab City of Books to be replicated in Karachi after “overwhelming response” in Islamabad. But when is anyone’s guess

Almost two years after Pakistan’s first Shehr-e-Kitab opened in May 2016, the promised follow-up “Cities of Books” in Peshawar and Karachi have yet to materialize, and hopeful Pakistani  readers would be ill-advised to hold their breath while waiting following the latest announcement from Advisor to PM Irfan Siddiqui. The Shehr-e-Kitab project is a brave attempt Read More …

The Punjab gets 20 new digital libraries, but easy access to ebooks is still a distant dream in Pakistan

While Pakistan has had digital libraries for much of this century (the Higher Education Commission launched the National Digital Library programme  in 2004) ebooks remain rare in the country, with the Big 5 western ebook retailers indifferent and local players yet to emerge. The latest news from the Punjab that twenty e-libraries have been established Read More …

Bangladesh Amar Ekushey Boi Mela sells $9.6 million of books in 28 day event

The world’s longest duration book fair drew to a  close this week. The annual Amar Ekushey Boi Mela runs for the entire length of February, and this year broke records for book sales despite early controversy over payment methods allowed at the event. When I reported in early February that the Bangla Academy, the organiser Read More …

Using literature to connect countries and cultures – the Second South Asian Literature Conference ends

The second South Asian Literature Now conference in Dhaka ended Friday, after two days of discussion on South Asian poetry, language and translation. Lamenting that, Various parts of South Asia are still isolated and people know little about their literary works, Prof Emeritus Rafiqul Islam of the Bangladesh University of Liberal Arts opened the ceremony Read More …

Comic Con India Cosplay Finals Today (Feb 24)

Cosplay, the art of dressing up in elaborate costumes of comic, anime and science fiction characters, is a major part of the comic publishing industry’s wider entertainment arena, and dates back to the very first World Science Fiction Convention in New York in 1939. Today the Comic Con India Cosplay Finals are live as this is Read More …

Augmented reality, educational games for science textbooks, and a Youtube channel. The Bangladesh book fair delivers more surprises

The month-long Amar Ekushey Boi Mela book festival in Dhaka is among many other things an opportunity for publishers to release new books, and every day the list of new titles has been mounting. But this past week three innovative new additions to the list came in the form of a Youtube video, a science Read More …

“A library as large as a city.” Iran’s Fidibo offers ebooks to commuters on the Tehran Metro

Iran is not a country topping the priority list of most publishers and authors, and there are challenges to publishing and distribution in Iran many in the west would find uncomfortable. But we would be wrong to dismiss the Iranian book market out of hand. This, after all, is the country that has the largest Read More …