Singapore’s biggest bookstore chain diversifies as book market stagnates. Or does it?

  Stagnating book markets are a troublesome feature of the modern world, where so many different forms of infotainment vie for our limited cash and attention. In Singapore Cheng Ngok Chou, the eighty year old CEO of Popular, the biggest bookstore chain in the country, believes the book market is stagnating, and he’s experimenting with Read More …

Days before the Jeddah Book Fair, Saudi Arabia legalises cinemas after 35 years of draconian arts suppression

This has been rumoured for some while, so not really a surprise – many new commercial developments have had cinemas built already, in anticipation of this move – but a very welcome sign that Saudi Arabia is finally leaving behind its more draconian laws and allowing the arts to, if not yet flourish, at least Read More …

The world’s youngest bi-lingual published author

It was only last week we reported on the world’s youngest published author (Guinness Book of Records certified), a four year old in the Seychelles. This week we report on the world’s youngest published author (Guinness Book of Records certified) to write a bi-lingual book – in Singapore. Singapore’s The Straits Times tells us of Read More …

Philippines court orders Chinese copyright infringer to pay $490,000 to publisher

Piracy, both print and digital, is a challenge publishers and authors face the world over when releasing our works into the public arena. And in some parts of the world copyright law is less vigorously than in others. This week comes news of a landmark ruling in the Philippines where a Pinoy court has ordered Read More …

Sweden’s Storytel partners with Poland’s T-Mobile to deliver audiobooks

Not content with launching in India and preparing to launch in Italy, the Swedish audio-book subscription service Storytel has signed up with Polish telco T-Mobile PL to provide Polish audiobooks direct to T-Mobile subscribers. T-Mobile’s director of B2C marketing, Piotr Markowski, explained, Taking into account the dynamics of the audiobook market, I am convinced that Read More …

British publishing needs more working class stories, more diversity and more colouring books. Apparently.

Philip Jones, editor of The Bookseller, blogs this week on the British Christmas trade. I stress British, because despite the many similarities between the US and UK book trades there are also significant differences. While romance dominates the US bestseller lists, mystery and thriller is the top genre in the UK. While Barnes & Noble Read More …

World’s youngest published author sets Guinness record in Seychelles

When it comes to children’s books we tend to think of books for children written by adults. And understandably so. Writing a book is a craft that need to be learned, and often that can take years – even decades – of practice. Some never master it. If course there are exceptions, and since 2005 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 …