Kenya’s eKitabu and USA’s SIL LEAD win the Book Boost: Access To All Challenge

Improving literacy is a challenge in even the richest and most stable monolingual countries. For less-developed countries where multiple languages are the norm the challenges are that much more difficult, even in otherwise stable societies. The provision of books is of course a key part of any programme to improving literacy, but print books are Read More …

Big Bad Wolf Sri Lanka set for June

This is breaking news from Colombo, and I’ll come back with more retails as they emerge. What we know so far is the the first Big Bad Wolf book sale in Colombo last October was a huge success, and this year the event is being brought forward to June. Last year 1.5 million books were 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 …

JCB launches a new prize for Indian literature

JCB is probably best known for its delightful yellow earthmoving and construction equipment, the stuff of every young boy’s dreams. But this year and onwards JCB is also going to become a part of every Indian author’s dreams, as it launches the JCB prize for Literature. JCB of course is not noted for its appreciation Read More …

Nepal’s publishing boom is print focussed as ebooks continue to struggle

The Himalayan country of Nepal is probably not on the radar of most western authors and publishers, but with more people than Australia, and over half the population online, it could be an exciting opportunity. Right now Nepal is experiencing something of a publishing boom, in print at least. But despite 16 million people connecting Read More …

Ten global publishing stories not to be missed. 6 March 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. I also have a rule that I don’t repeat a story published elsewhere on the western publishing circuit unless I can offer some additional Read More …

Pakistan’s Shehr-e-Kitab City of Books to be replicated in Karachi after “overwhelming response” in Islamabad. But when is anyone’s guess

Almost two years after Pakistan’s first Shehr-e-Kitab opened in May 2016, the promised follow-up “Cities of Books” in Peshawar and Karachi have yet to materialize, and hopeful Pakistani  readers would be ill-advised to hold their breath while waiting following the latest announcement from Advisor to PM Irfan Siddiqui. The Shehr-e-Kitab project is a brave attempt Read More …

The Punjab gets 20 new digital libraries, but easy access to ebooks is still a distant dream in Pakistan

While Pakistan has had digital libraries for much of this century (the Higher Education Commission launched the National Digital Library programme  in 2004) ebooks remain rare in the country, with the Big 5 western ebook retailers indifferent and local players yet to emerge. The latest news from the Punjab that twenty e-libraries have been established 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 …