Ten things you can relate to at the world’s biggest book sale – 4.5 million books at great discounts

The world’s biggest book sale is underway in Malaysia, and Rokal Daily has a great post this week highlighting “10 Things You Can Relate To If You’re A Big Bad Wolf Book Sale Junkie.” Big Bad what? For us in the west, finding great books is as easy as easy as popping to the local 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 …

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 …

Karachi International Book Fair expects 500,000 visitors this week

We’re into the last few weeks of 2017, but if you were thinking the Guadalajara International Book Fair, which finished on December 3rd, meant game over and we could all relax until the new year, think again. Numbers aren’t in for the Guadalajara event yet, but it was expected 800,000 visitors would pass through its Read More …

Bharti Airtel acquires strategic stake in Juggernaut Books

Those who have followed my ramblings elsewhere over the years will know I view India as one of the most exciting book markets on the planet, and will also know how enthusiastically I greeted the launch of the digital publisher Juggernaut last year. Juggernaut has since seen just shy of one million downloads and with Read More …

Ireland a “thriving” and “hugely important” book market for HarperCollins. Here’s why

With a population of just 4.7 million the Republic of Ireland sold an impressive 10.9 million books last year to the value of €130.9 million. That of course is according to Nielsen BookScan, so by no means the entire book market. The Bookseller this past week reported, HarperCollins UK is doubling the size of its Read More …

Uruguay’s Night of the Bookstores. Who says Latinos don’t read?

If you’re one of those who like to believe Latinos don’t read, then do yourself a favour and don’t read this. After all, it’s far easier to not think about maximising distribution and sales and looking into Spanish and Portuguese translations to grab a share of the lucrative Ibero-American book market. On the other hand, Read More …

Argentina’s publishers prepare for Amazon’s arrival

Time was, when Amazon targetted a new country to launch in, it used the Kindle store as a spearhead – Mexico, Brazil and Australia being recent examples. Nowadays AWS is more likely to be the first sign of interest, and it’s always possible a non-books move might be on the cards next, as we saw Read More …

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 …

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 …