Monthly Archives: November 2017

Ireland a “thriving” and “hugely important book market – HarperCollins. Here’s why.

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Hands up any authors and small publishers here who have given a second thought to Ireland as a book market.

Not many, I’m guessing.

Yet Ireland is well served, with dedicated Apple and Google Play ebook stores, a Kobo partner store (Eason) and of course full access to the UK and US Kindle stores. So many of us will be there

But of course there’s much more to the book market than just ebooks, And Ireland is a major English-language market, not to be disregarded lightly.

“With a population of just 4.7 million the Republic of Ireland sold an impressive 10.9 million books last year to the value of €130.9 million. That of course is according to Nielsen BookScan, so by no means the entire book market.”

HarperCollins is taking Ireland seriously. Maybe indie authors should too.

Read more over at The New Publishing Standard.

Mark Williams now writes daily on global publishing matters for The New Publishing Standard.

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Tencent joins the half-trillion club, and look how close it is to Amazon…

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Tencent joins the half-trillion club, and look how close it is to Amazon. The centre of digital and publishing gravity shifts inexorably east.

If you’re thinking, “Who? And what’s it got to do with us indie authors anyway?” then you really need to read this post.

The New Publishing Standard – charting the Global New Renaissance as it unfolds.

Mark Williams now writes daily on global publishing matters for The New Publishing Standard.

Romania’s Gaudeamus Int. Book Fair opened yesterday. Expected to attract 125,000 visitors

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Romania’s Gaudeamus Int. Book Fair opened yesterday. 125,000 visitors expected.

Romania is a much ignored but interesting opportunity for publishers. By one estimate some 50% of books sold in Romania are translations, 20% from English originals.

Read more at The New Publishing Standard.

Mark Williams now writes daily on global publishing matters for The New Publishing Standard.

UK micro-presses see sales soar 80%.

tnps_publishing briefUK micro-presses see sales soar 80% as readers who don’t want “another novel about a dead girl on a train” find their next read.

“I worried that they would be able to get it into shops, but within two or three months I have sold more copies than my last book did with Simon & Schuster.”

Many indies think it’s either Big 5 or indie, but there’s lucrative opportunities in the hidden middle ground.

Read more over at The New Publishing Standard.

Mark Williams now writes daily on global publishing maters for The New Publishing Standard.

Charlie and the Crowdfunded Chocolate Factory

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A British children’s audio start-up has not just almost doubled its crowdfunding target on Kickstarter, but has signed a deal with the estate of Roald Dahl to produce audiobooks for toddlers to go with its no-screen, no-internet child-safe learning cube.

 
“The audio renditions of Dahl’s work are not just replays of existing audio versions, but commissioned specifically for the target age-group … My guess is Yoto will spawn many imitators and the audio-for-toddlers sector will add even more revenue to publishers’ bottom lines as publishers start to produce more content.”
 
Find out more over at The New Publishing Standard.
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Mark Williams now writes daily on global publishing affairs for The New Publishing Standard.
 

SE Asia “one of the most promising publishing regions.”

tnps_se asiaIndonesia has more internet users than any country in Europe. And its only at 54% penetration.

Indonesia is just the largest of a group of publishing countries that make up SE Asia, one of the most exciting prospects on the planet for digital authors.

We indies like to think of ourselves as ahead-of-the-curve digital-first authors, but many of us would better be described as behind-the-curve ebook authors.

What’s the difference? From today’s post over at TNPS:

“Digital doesn’t just create ebook stores and ebook subscription services. It drives sales of print books, directly through online bookstores, and indirectly through titles being made available with POD that otherwise would never be seen in print.

It also drives book sales and book creation thanks to other digital media – most notably video right now, making more and more films and TV available to global audiences hitherto off-limits. But also audio, where the removed need for clunky hardwear is having a noticeable impact on audiobook sales.

It drives new writing and experimental form through micro-fiction sites like Terribly Tiny, through fan-fiction sites like Wattpad, and through serial-fiction sites like Radish. We’re just beginning to see the impact of AR and VR.

And it drives word-of-mouth audience engagement through social media, which in turn become the platform of new writing, as we’ve seen most startlingly with the rise of the Tumblr and Instagram poets.

And that’s just the tip of the digital iceberg.

But it is, all importantly, just that: a digital iceberg.

With two pre-requisites: internet access and smartphones.

SE Asia has them both in spades.”

Read more over at The New Publishing Standard.

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Mark Williams now writes daily on global publishing matters at The New Publishing Standard.

Uruguay’s Night of the Bookstores. Who says Latinos don’t read?

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Uruguay just held its first Night of the Bookstores.
 
Earlier this year Argentina held its tenth Night of the Bookstores.
 
As we all know, Latinos don’t read, so clearly the 1.2 million visitors to the Buenos Aires Int. Book Fair this year is a typo, the tens of thousands that turned up to the Buenos Aires Night of the Bookstores is a typo, and it’s totally not true that Buenos Aries has more bookstore per capita than any other city in the world.
 
Except, it is true, and that 1.2 million visitors is no typo. Nor is the tens of thousands attending the Night of the Bookstores event.
 
Demolishing the false narrative that Latinos don’t read, over at The New Publishing Standard today.
NB Mark Williams now writes daily on global publishing for The New Publishing Standard.