Buying books in pajamas – Big Bad Wolf Sri Lanka ends today

This is a scene in the early hours of the morning in Colombo, Sri Lanka, where the 24-hour twelve-day mega book sale known as Big Bad Wolf is preparing to wind down. Because of the huge crowds during the day many booklovers head to the sale in the early hours, kids in night clothes, pushing Read More …

June global book fair snapshot – 3 to 4 million attend book events outside the US / UK

We’re just a few days away from the Seoul International Book Fair, which kicks off in South Korea June 20-24, in a five day event expected to draw a crowd of 300,000. Add that to the 700,000 attending Bookfest Malaysia and we’re already looking at our first million booklovers attending literary fairs and festivals this Read More …

20 World Book Day stories not to be missed

Unless you’ve been riding camels in the Gobi Desert in Outer Mongolia, snorkeling in the warm seas around Trinidad & Tobago, on safari in Botswana’s Kalahari, or relaxing on the Caspian Sea beaches of Azerbaijan, you cannot help but have noticed it was World Book Day this week. In fact, even if you were in Read More …

As Amazon launches Prime Reading in China, a predicted $5.3 bn valuation will make the China ebook market far bigger than the US by 2020

IDBoox of France covers the story that the Chinese ebook market will be worth $5.3 billion by 2020, reporting on a study conducted by Chinese e-commerce giant Dangdang and Analysys which predicts annual growth for the Chinese ebook market of 29.8%. $5.3 billion would value the China ebook market at $2 billion more than Data 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 …

India’s Chennai Book Fair sets new record for visitors, sales and revenue

The 2018 book fair year is off to a great start in India, not withstanding early indications of a slight fall in visitor numbers at the New Delhi World Book Fair. I’m still awaiting confirmation on that, but meanwhile the numbers are in for the Chennai (Madras) Book Fair and it’s an impressive showing. A Read More …

Global book market valued at $143bn

Publishing Perspectives reports today on a new global book market study project, BookMap, which estimates the global book markets to be valued at 122 billion euros – that’s $143 bn USD. With the USA accounting for just 29% of global book sales by revenue that leaves the world outside the USA totalling 71%, although the Read More …