Another Bangladeshi author and publisher killed by extremists

After a lull of a couple of years it looks like Islamic extremists have returned to their most brutal form of censorship – murdering authors and publishers that dare take a different view. In 2015 atheist author and blogger Avijit Roy was murdered at the Amar Ekushey Boi Mela (Dhaka International Book fair), followed by Read More …

Six weeks after the world’s longest book fair ended Bangladesh is at it again

Happy New Year! In Bangladesh, that is, where 1425 has just begun, and among myriad celebrations to celebrate the New Year is a ten day book fair organised by the Bangla Academy. A book fair in Bangladesh? If you’re new here you could be forgiven for wondering if they even have bookstores in Bangladesh, such Read More …

Ten global publishing stories not to be missed. 11 April 2018 collation

The global publishing market has never been more exciting, and every day myriad publishing stories cross my screen that I’d love to develop here at TNPS, but there simply isn’t time. But if you’re reading TNPS in the first place you probably share my obsession with all things international publishing, and would no doubt enjoy Read More …

Penguin Random House India asks Bangladeshi authors to write in English

I so hate this time of year. April Fool’s Day is a minefield for international news, where time zones painfully elongate the period in which improbable news stories may or may not be true, leaving me needing to treble-check sources and then I’m still juggling the odds I’ve fallen for some prank news story. So Read More …

Bangladesh Amar Ekushey Boi Mela sells $9.6 million of books in 28 day event

The world’s longest duration book fair drew to a  close this week. The annual Amar Ekushey Boi Mela runs for the entire length of February, and this year broke records for book sales despite early controversy over payment methods allowed at the event. When I reported in early February that the Bangla Academy, the organiser Read More …

Using literature to connect countries and cultures – the Second South Asian Literature Conference ends

The second South Asian Literature Now conference in Dhaka ended Friday, after two days of discussion on South Asian poetry, language and translation. Lamenting that, Various parts of South Asia are still isolated and people know little about their literary works, Prof Emeritus Rafiqul Islam of the Bangladesh University of Liberal Arts opened the ceremony Read More …

Augmented reality, educational games for science textbooks, and a Youtube channel. The Bangladesh book fair delivers more surprises

The month-long Amar Ekushey Boi Mela book festival in Dhaka is among many other things an opportunity for publishers to release new books, and every day the list of new titles has been mounting. But this past week three innovative new additions to the list came in the form of a Youtube video, a science Read More …

Dhaka Book Fair organisers in High Court over Bkash monopoly

The world’s longest duration book fair, the month-long Amar Ekushey Boi Mela, is mired in legal controversy this week, following a High Court ruling. As reported here earlier this month – Mobile payments net booklovers extra discount at Amar Ekushey Boi Mela, paving the way for future ebook stores the Bangla Academy, the body behind Read More …

Mobile payments net booklovers extra discount at Amar Ekushey Boi Mela, paving the way for future ebook stores

One of the biggest challenges to the digital transition in the so-called Third World is payments. In countries where cash is king, even though smartphones are everywhere, paying for any sort of e-commerce is difficult if you don’t have a bank account and plastic card. Mobile payment solutions as we know them in the west Read More …

Bangladesh PM delivers stunning opening ceremony speech at the Amar Ekushy Boi Mela

The Bangladesh Prime Minister delivered a stunning address to launch the Ekushy Boi Mela book fair yesterday. I’ve already covered the Ekushey Boi Mela fair, the longest duration book fair in the world, here at TNPS yesterday, so I’m going to limit this post to selected excerpts from the Prime Minister’s speech, in her own Read More …