Cairo International  Book Fair – 2.5 million visitors and only half-way through?

Unconfirmed reports suggest the Cairo International Book Fair is set to break world book fair visitor attendance records, with 2.5 million visitors so far, and still several days to run. If confirmed then this already puts Cairo ahead of rivals Sharjah (UAE), which recorded 2.38 million visitors last year, and Kolkata (India), traditionally the biggest 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 …

Indian local languages shine as the New Delhi World Book Fair closes today.

A few days ago the Vijayawada Book Festival wound up in India, and today, January 14, is the last day of the New Town Book Festival, the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival, and the Hyderabad Literary Festival. No figures yet for the 2018 Vijayawada event, but in 2017 books to the value of a half million Read More …

Five days into the New Year and the int. book fair calendar is already heaving

If it’s January 5 (insert any day of the year) there must be a book event happening somewhere on the Indian sub-continent. Today in fact is the National Poetry Festival day at the New Town Book Fair in Kolkata. The New Town Book Fair runs January 4-14. But the New Town event, now in its Read More …

Pre-teen kids create children’s library in Kolkata

  As we say goodbye to 2017, a heartwarming story from Kolkata, India, home of the world’s biggest book fair and home of some of India’s worst slums. The Times of India reports a new children’s library has just opened in Kolkata, created for children, by children. Siblings Manadwi and Suhasini Dugar, respectively 12 and Read More …

While western publishing parties, global publishing goes from strength to strength

It may be Christmas where you are, and the publishing industry is sleeping off one hangover just in time for the next as the New Year celebrations begin, but elsewhere in the world it’s business as usual for publishing. The Saudi Jeddah Book Fair and the Singapore Bookfest may have wound up on 24 December Read More …