SNCF offers a second year of free reading for children on French trains

The French national rail operator SNCF is letting children read ebooks for free on its trains for the second year running. Kids age 8-13 will need to download an app and then have a choice of free ebooks to enjoy on the journey, with the bonus that they can continue reading after the journey ends. Read More …

Storytel reports strong growth. Beats Q2 expectations

With 621,000 subscribers in Q2 2018, up nearly 200,000 on the same period 2017, Storytel’s CEO Jonas Tellander is reporting another quarter of strong growth. In a press release Storytel announced, Streaming revenues for the period totaled circa 239 MSEK ($27.3 million), which corresponds to 43% in annual revenue growth, slightly more than three million Read More …

Egyptian Publishers Association eyes the global book market

I often talk here about a digitally-driven Global New Renaissance unfolding, where the proliferation of smartphones around the globe and improved internet access around the world means anyone, anywhere on the planet can theoretically consume and produce content from anywhere on the planet. As we’ve seen with Netflix – As Netflix approaches the global revenue Read More …

Evidence mounts for an Amazon Sweden launch this year, but no sign publishers need worry yet

Amazon has been in talks with a number of Swedish logistics companies, including PostNord, as it continues to explore its Scandinavian options. While Amazon has of course not confirmed a date, the expectation seems to be later this year, which is in keeping with speculation I explored here at TNPS back in March: Sweden’s Nextory Read More …

OverDrive clocks 220,000 audiobook downloads a day. On target for 80 million audio downloads this year that won’t be counted by Data Guy’s BookStat

OverDrive launched its new quarterly Perspectives on Reading e-magazine this week, and among its “unique insights” was an article on audiobook growth from OverDrive’s own data. Back in 2013 OverDrive crossed the 100 million downloads benchmark, reporting 79 million ebook checkouts and 22.9 million for audiobooks. For 2017 OverDrive clocked 225 million downloads, comprising 155 Read More …

OverDrive wins 4 year contract to supply ebooks to Sweden’s libraries

News is breaking in Sweden that America’s OverDrive has out-tendered domestic rival Axiell to become the primary ebook distributor for Sweden’s public libraries. Axiell bought out former market leader Elib in 2015 and seemed in an unbeatable position, but didn’t reckon on Rakuten’s growing hunger for the international ebook markets, which offered a “significantly cheaper” Read More …

And the award for best novel goes to… nobody. You weren’t good enough

The winners of the Dominican Republic’s Annual Literature Awards 2018 at the Pedro Henríquez Ureña National Library in Santo Domingo were fewer than expected this year. Síndrome del Iphone by Luis R. Santos took the award in in the Aurora Tavarez Belliard Children and Youth Literature category. In the category of Poetry Salomé Ureña de Read More …

Shortlist of 5 announced for World’s Best New Library

35 libraries from 19 countries were in the running, but just five have been shortlisted for the annual prize to be acclaimed 2018 Public Library of the Year, awarded to a public library that is either newly built or set up in premises not previously used for library purposes. The jury consists of members of Read More …

Storytel launches in Italy

Storytel today goes live in its thirteenth market, as Italy joins hands with Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Spain, India, the United Arab Emirates and Turkey. Launches in Bulgaria and Mexico planned for later this year. Regulars here at TNPS will not be surprised by the Italy launch, which I first Read More …

Audio Publishers Association says 2017 US audiobook market worth $2.5 billion – more than double Data Guy’s BookStat valuation. Who are we to believe?

When the Audio Publishers Association issued its latest valuation of the US audiobook market last week the $2.5 billion figure understandably made the headlines. We can’t say for certain how accurate that figure may be, as it is, in the words of What’s New In Publishing, the result of the annual US sales survey (conducted Read More …