Mark Williams started the topic Amazon prepares move into Indonesia. Books and ebooks not on the agenda in the forum Industry news 1 hour, 33 minutes ago
Amazon to invest $1 billion in Indonesia but once books and ebooks are not on the agenda.
Amazon once said it wanted
to have every book, ever published, in any language available for Kindle customers to purchase and begin reading in less than 60 seconds.
Amazon’s most recent Kindle store will be four years old in November.
Today comes news that…[Read more]
Nane Cantatore started the topic Local pastor attempts to ban books from banned book display in the forum Voices 1 day, 3 hours ago
Sometimes, the urge for censorship is just to strong to be resisted: https://ncac.org/news/press-release/maine-pastors-banned-books
Just a reminder of how narrow-minded ordinary bigotry can be.
SIcuramente ci sarà qualcuno che conbdivide i tuoi interessi. (non io, confesso: devo ammettere che il mondo mi sembra abbastanza misterioso, complesso e interessante anche se visto dalla prospettiva della storia e della scienza “ufficiali”)
Buongiorno a tutti mi presento, essendo neofita su questa piattaforma.
Mi chiamo Marco Grosso, ho 48 anni, e di professione sono giornalista.
Ho creato una collana di autoproduzioni chiamata MYSTERYA basata su tematiche esoteriche, campo di scrittura e di ricerca in cui mi cimento da oltre 30 anni e più.
In più ho creato anche ALTRA STORIA, a…[Read more]
This may not be the biggest bookstore on the planet, but it’s a pivotal one for readers wanting a good selection of books.
Sadly it closes tomorrow. The good news it’s just a relocation issue, and a new store will be opening not far away.
It’s in the Riverwalk Mall. But which country?
If you look very closely you’ll see the store brand…[Read more]
Mark Williams started the topic Could print *and* ebooks fall prey to the new digital predator? in the forum Voices 1 day, 23 hours ago
As indie authors, ebooks are central to our careers. But might both print *and* ebooks fall prey to the new digital predator?
Over at TNPS today I take a look at a new report showing four out of ten books consumed in Sweden are via a subscription service.
In the US and UK we have Kindle Unlimited, of course, but it’s an indie and Amazon i…[Read more]
Mark Williams started the topic Big Bad Wolf Dubai. The world's biggest book sale steps beyond SE Asia in the forum Industry news 2 days, 1 hour ago
Big Bad Wolf takes 3 million English-language books to Dubai next month as it debuts outside SE Asia. Will finish days before Sharjah International Book Fair.
It was back in February that TNPS broke the news that the world’s biggest book sale would be heading for Dubai this year.
Now we have confirmed dates. From October 18-28 Big Bad Wolf w…[Read more]
Mark Williams started the topic In Morocco, selling pirated books “is the only way to make a living” in the forum Industry news 2 days, 8 hours ago
In Morocco, selling pirated books “is the only way to make a living,” with the help of the Mafia.
“A year ago he sold pirated DVDs, but Khalid said that market was hit when it became possible to watch films on a smartphone.”
Morocco has big publishing problems, but lots of potential.
Mark Williams started the topic Longlist and shortlist announced for two major translation awards in the forum Industry news 2 days, 23 hours ago
Longlist and shortlist announced for two major translation awards.
Over at TNPS today are the longlisted books for the National Book Award for Translated Literature, and the shortlisted books for the 2018 Lucien Stryk Asian Translation Prize.
As I note there, in this instance all the translations are into English, but of course books are, every…[Read more]
Israeli publisher illegally releases book of Arab women’s texts, complete with pirated cover.
This will get your blood boiling as authors and as believers in women’s rights.
You couldn’t make it up. A publisher in Israel finds a collection of texts written in Arabic by women, steals a cover image from a Lebanese artist, and publishes them as a…[Read more]
Big Bad Wolf Malaysia and Indonesia this month as the world’s biggest book sale gathers momentum.
First 5.5 million books to Jakarta, now 3 million books to Surabaya later this month.
In the west it can sometimes seems like the only show in town in Amazon, and no question Amazon is a powerhouse bookseller (both print and digital) where it c…[Read more]
Mark Williams started the topic A mermaid wearing a bra among the books banned in Kuwait in the forum Industry news 3 days, 21 hours ago
A mermaid wearing a bra among the books banned in Kuwait, but protests are gathering momentum.
Censorship is a difficult topic that arouses strong emotions, but of course all freedom of speech is relative.
From national security to Holocaust denial to incitement to hatred to advocating underage sex, almost every country censors at some…[Read more]
Salve Lorenzo, sei certamente nel posto giusto. Questo spazio nasce proprio per bisogni come quello che stai esperimento tu: incontrarsi, confrontarsi, lavorare insieme. Siamo ancora nelle fasi iniziali, in cui molti utenti accedono, leggono qualcosa e non fanno molto altro, ma sono certo che presto, molto presto, altri verranno fuori con la loro…[Read more]
Mark Williams started the topic Setswana. Indonesian. Can you tell the difference? Nor can Microsoft in the forum Really global 4 days ago
Oops! Twitter uses Microsoft for its translations. But Microsoft can’t tell the difference between Indonesian, widely spoken in Indonesia, SE Asia, and Setswana, widely spoken in southern Africa, 6,000 miles away.
Thankfully the Gaborone Book Festival in Botswana is also in English.
That’s September 21-22.
Follow the Gaborone Book Festival on…[Read more]
Mark Williams started the topic Only one Fnac Brasil bookstore left standing – gloomy news from Brazil in the forum Industry news 4 days, 1 hour ago
Sao Paulo’s Avenida Paulista bookstore closes – Fnac Brazil now has just one bookstore standing.
Brazil’s publishing crisis just took another lurch with news that Fnac Brasil, owned by Livraria Cultua, has closed the eleventh of its stores and now has just one left standing.
No real surprises here. Earlier this year TNPS reported how Livra…[Read more]
Called National Geographic ObservÉtoiles, the AR experience is an example of how private enterprise and publishers can come together to tell stories in an experiential way, giving audiences something they’ve never seen before.
AR (augmented reality) comes in for a hard time in some publishing quarters. If it won’t work in the Kindle store it’s no…[Read more]
Mark Williams started the topic Quarto reports 30% increase in children's global revenue in the forum Industry news 4 days, 7 hours ago
Quarto group revenue up 12%, gross profit up 50%. UK up 17%, US up 9%. Global children’s sector up 30%.
Via The Bookseller today.
All this in the face of competition from self-publishing, from Netflix, from social media, etc.
Anyone remember the good old days when publishing was doomed?
No breakdown offered but much of that revenue will be…[Read more]
This UNICEF competition is for young people in Somalia, encouraging their reading and writing skills through blogging.
You’ll note that the promotional poster, and the competition, is in English.
Not because UNICEF is trying to impose English on Somalis, but because English is the lingua franca of the world and gives these…[Read more]
Mark Williams started the topic Award winning books every Pakistani bibliophile should read in the forum Booklines 5 days ago
Award winning books every Pakistani bibliophile should read.
From Pakistan Today:
The literary world has all sorts of treasures. And where a majority of literary leaders happen to from foreign countries, it is a matter of pride for us that a few Pakistani’s have secured a name for themselves in these leading circles.
We have compiled a short l…
The Manila Book Fair is on its last day today. No numbers yet but typically 120,000 – 150,000 turn out for this event.
The Philippines does not rank highly in the global book market stakes, but maybe that’s a missed opportunity. There are plenty of great bookstores in the Philippines, but as a nation of islands print distribution is…[Read more]
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