“The ebook is a stupid product. Our business consists of saying no to three thousand manuscripts and saying yes to one.” – Hachette CEO

Arnaud Nourry has been CEO of Hachette Livre since 2003, so has overseen Hachette’s response to the digital revolution and to the rise of Amazon’s dominance of the Anglophone print and digital markets. For Nourry, that dominance is less a problem than to some publishing houses, as France-based Hachette derives fully 33% of its business Read More …

Pratilipi, India’s biggest self-publishing platform, raises $4.3 million in Series A funding

Nasadiya Technologies’ Indian self-publishing platform Pratilipi is reported to have raised $4.3 million in a Series A round of funding led by Omidyar Network. Pratilipi, which reaches its third anniversary in March, is widely regarded as India’s biggest self-publishing operation, with a focus on eight local languages – Hindi, Gujarati, Bengali, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Read More …

The cold-call origins of Storytel India

Today Storytel India offers over 1,000 titles on its localized app. Not bad going for an operation that only went live in November and began with a cold-call email from an avid Indian reader. How Storytel came to beat Amazon’s Audible to India – Sweden’s Storytel beats Amazon’s Audible to the India audiobook market and Read More …

Writing in India’s shadow – the challenge facing Nepali authors

I was e-chatting with a Canadian author recently and the topic turned to what it is like for Canadian authors, writing in the shadow of their giant neighbour, the USA. Canada has a vibrant literary community and heritage. For example the Montreal International Book Fair, which begins its 40th anniversary incarnation tomorrow, Wednesday 15 November, is Read More …

Beta Kindle Lite for India’s slow connection readers

India may now be the second-largest smartphone market in the world, but in a country of 1.2 billion people many are still using a 2G connection, making even light-duty apps for e-reading a chore. Recognising that many Indian readers are struggling with the regular Kindle app Amazon a few days ago introduced the Kindle Lite Read More …

India surpasses US to become second largest smartphone market. Publishers should be excited

India is now officially a bigger smartphone market than the USA, and while the US is close to stagnation, with few people left who haven’t connected, India is barely out of first gear. Not for nothing do I constantly say India is the most exciting prospect on the planet for future digital engagement by the Read More …