Tested by years of economic struggles, Malaysian publisher Arief Hakim watches for signs of benefit in change. It’s been ‘a perfect storm,’ he says.
In Canada, BookNet’s check on sales shows ebooks a bit up, In the UK, a new author day is announced by London Book Fair and the US-based Writer’s Digest.
On the European Commission’s geo-blocking regulations for ebooks, the Italian, Greek, French, and European publishing associations issue words of caution.
A major Polish retailer is betting on ‘small format bookstores’ and proliferating locations to make a success of its new Mole Mole bookshops.
Stepping up its international expansion with an entry into the US market, Germany’s MVB acquires two ordering services, forming a New York-based subsidiary.
On the way to Europe’s Digital Single Market, booksellers are alarmed by proposed EU legislation on geo-blocking and its potential effects on ebook sales.
From the Bangkok Post: As in many Western markets, independent bookstores stress personal service and warm environments in Thailand’s bookselling industry.
Without much in the way of economic initiatives, Russia’s support measures for publishers and booksellers leave most of the effort to regional governments.
Even as German booksellers see online efforts pay off, consumption patterns are weaker, says a new report: ‘A truly distressing drop in customer frequency.”
Creating a standardized platform in book metadata for retailers and publishers, Metabooks Brasil is off to a fast start, based on Germany’s Books in Print.