As all eyes turn to the New York Book Expo, more than 6 million people are attending book fairs around the world this May

As we all know, there are three big book events every year – the London Book Fair, the New York Book Expo, and the Frankfurt Book Fair. And if we stretch the imagination a little we can count a few other big book fairs – Guadalajara and Bologna, for example, and lately Shanghai and Beijing Read More …

Storytel now live in Turkey. Italy launch imminent and Bulgaria launch soon

Storytel’s twelfth audiobook and ebook store went live this past week (confession – I got distracted by the IPA Regional Seminar, so a few days late with the news), with Turkey the third of five planned launches this year. Turkey joined Iceland and the United Arab Emirates as 2018 additions to a fold that already Read More …

Storytel launches in UAE. Joins Dahd and Kitab Sawti in the Arab audiobook market

Storytel continues to put clear blue water between itself and its biggest rival, Audible, as it launches in its eleventh territory. And contrary to expectations it is the UAE, not Turkey, that becomes the second new Storytel nation of 2018. Earlier this year Storytel launched in Iceland – Storytel launches in Iceland. Italy, Bulgaria and Turkey Read More …

While all eyes are on the London Book Fair this week, in the thirty days either side of the LBF over 13 million people are visiting book fairs around the globe

The London Book Fair is underway, and there’s no question it’s one of the most important trade book fairs of the year. But these big trade events (the London Book Fair, the New York Book Expo, the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, the Frankfurt Book Fair, etc,) are just that – trade-focussed events where public access Read More …

Storytel Q1 results: Subscribers up 51%, streaming revenue up 43%. Subscribers outside Sweden up 95%

The Swedish audiobook-focussed publisher and distributor Storytel has delivered another quarter of positive results, reporting a total of 577,900 subscribers (across ten countries) at end Q1, an increase of 51% on Q1 2017, and 6,000 above forecast. Streaming revenue, up 43% on Q1 2017, exceeded forecast by SEK 2 million, hitting SEK 222 million($26.5 million). Read More …

Turkey expecting a record breaking year in publishing as trade sector grows and book fairs and festivals boom

While the western book fairs naturally continue to grab the attention on the western publishing industry circuit, the real story of the Global New Renaissance is unfolding in the smaller markets that are largely overlooked. There has been phenomenal growth in interest and attendance, and consequently sales, at book fairs and book festivals around the Read More …

Istanbul International Book Fair is under way. 450,000 visitors expected

The European half of the Turkish capital Istanbul is hosting the 5th CNR International Book Fair this weekend and through to March 18. Some 450,000 visitors are expected. With the theme “Read”, the 2018 fair will feature 1,200 events aimed at encouraging more literary engagement from Turks. The Fair’s General Coordinator Cem Senel explained, We think Read More …

Turkey’s 3rd Arabic Book and Culture Days to establish a common heritage founded on the geography of the Ottoman Empire

The 3rd Arabic Book and Culture Days event will take place in Turkey March 2-11 at the Bağlarbaşı Culture Centre in Istanbul. The Daily Sabah explains, The 3rd Turkey Arabic Book and Culture Days aims to establish a common heritage and culture of Islamic countries founded on the geography of the Ottoman Empire, to introduce Read More …