The Digital Reader reports that due to concerns over ‘rampant commercial piracy,’ Google has closed the Google Play Books Partner Center to new users.
The military conflicts in Syria, Yemen and Iraq have cut into MENA publishers’ ability to sell and distribute books, while piracy remains a top concern.
As Paris reels from the murders at Charlie Hebdo magazine, the controversial novel by Michel Houellebecq, star of the magazine’s new issue, is published.
Two UK rights experts argue that physical book piracy is often due to lack of availability — so, the more content that can be licensed the better.
Post-Taliban, a nascent publishing industry has emerged in Afghanistan, with hundreds of titles being published in Dari, Pashto, Uzbek and English.
Anna Soler-Pont reports that as publishers have endured the recession, literary translations take backseat, while piracy still hampers ebook adoption in Spain.
Kotobi.com, a major new Arabic ebookstore launched at this year’s Cairo Book Fair, has potential to be a gamechanger for publishing in the region.
Increased market supply appears to be having an impact on Spanish ebook piracy, though it remains a widespread problem.
Literary scout Simone Garzella looks at what’s selling in the the Arabic book market how the region continues to evolve amidst some troubled times.
James Appell of Bookmate.ru, Russia’s leading ebook subscription service discusses the company’s ambitions to expand beyond Russia’s borders and to beat piracy.