IPA Regional Seminar Tackles the Challenges of African Publishing (IPA Press Release)

I don’t usually carry copy-and-pasted press releases, but the IPA Regional Seminar in Lagos at the Nigerian International Book Fair is a momentous event in African publishing. Much of the press-release content – and more – was covered here at TNPS yesterday – Africa’s book industry worth $1 billion and growing at 6% despite piracy Read More …

Africa’s book industry worth $1 billion and growing at 6% despite piracy and other challenges

It’s not easy being a publisher in sub-Saharan, and even five years ago it seemed to many to be a hopeless cause. But in 2018 we have the International Publishers Association landing in Lagos to hold a Regional Seminar for Africa, and while reports so far are sparse, and I’ll be coming back to update Read More …

Israel blocks Jordanian and other Arab publishers from Palestine International Book Fair

The 11th Palestine International Book Fair, which began Thursday, had been expecting 500 publishers, mostly from across the Arab world. Israel had other ideas. The Jordanian News Agency Petra reported at the weekend that Jordanian and other Arab publishers had been stopped at the border, despite their shipments of books having been previously approved and Read More …

Amazon finally moves on the Arab ebook markets. Is a Kindle Egypt store or even a pan-Arab Kindle store on the cards?

Regulars here at TNPS will be aware the MENA (Middle East North Africa) Arabic-language book market is nowhere near the dead-end for books that some believe. In fact Arab book fairs and festivals attract huge numbers of visitors and sell huge volumes of books each year. In the first five months of 2018 alone, upwards Read More …

India’s “culture revolution.” 200 literature festivals a year as the Indian Renaissance booms

“A culture revolution is sweeping through urban India,” runs a headline in India New England this week. Revolution? That’s a strong term, and perhaps not the best choice of words, but the spirit of the post is spot on. A headline reflecting a theme often espoused here at TNPS, that we are witnesses to, and Read More …

Publishing News Round-Up 7 May 2018

It would be impossible to try cover even a fraction of the publishing news that lands on my e-desk each day, but there’s so much happening in our industry that passes unnoticed. So here’s a selection of some of the best publishing stories from the past 48 hours or so. Apologies if some are behind Read More …

7 million users in the Philippines as Wattpad’s Tencent-backed Asia plans step up a gear

The Philippines has long been one of Wattpad’s strongholds, but this month comes news from Manila Bulletin that fully 7 million of Wattpad’s 65+ million users around the world are from that one country. After the latest $51 million round of Wattpad funding in January, with a substantial portion coming from China’s Tencent – Tencent Read More …

Casablanca International Book Fair update:  over a half million visitors in 2018

A recurring topic here at TNPS is the rise and rise of global book fairs and festivals, as the proliferation of smartphones and social media allows booklovers across the planet to share information about books and literary happenings. As the prestigious London Book Fair got underway last month the headline here at TNPS was While Read More …

HarperCollins India CEO – “Indians are reading more ebooks. We are seeing a steady increase in ebook sales”

  It’s not something we hear said much nowadays. People are buying more ebooks. In India, that is. In the US the story is somewhat different, with the Big 5 US publishers all happily reporting ebook sales trending down, as they manoeuvre to protect their core print market. Time was we could look to Author Read More …

Children’s books are booming in the Arab world as Arab authors reflect changing societies

The Arabic Childrenʹs Literature Festival was held last month in Munich, reports Qantara, where at the city’s Gasteig cultural centre the International Youth Library presented a catalogue of Arabic-language children’s books for German readers. Qantara, noting that, Arabic childrenʹs books have been all but invisible in Germany (with) almost no translations into German and very Read More …