The use of smart speakers is on the rise, as is car listening, in reported audiobook consumption in the Audio Publishers Association’s 2019 annual survey.
The February update from the Association of American Publishers shows solid gains in children’s and religious books, and hardbacks with a 3-percent growth.
The Audio Publishers Association, Bookrepublic, and Bologna Children’s Book Fair have begun surveying various audiobook markets.
Talking with the Russian Book Union’s Leonid Palko, we learn that the three-point shape of the national book market appears to be shifting, and publishers are looking to adapt.
Booksellers in French-language Canada are required to carry extensive backlist titles but say sales of them are slow and require staff training.
As ebook sales continue to grow in Spanish-language markets, the new report from the Dosdoce and Bookwire.es shows digital subscription services are also gaining consumer traction.
The frustration with higher VAT for ebooks than print books may finally be over Poland as legislation is proposed to drop the rate from 23 to 5 percent.
The predictions made by publishers responding to Dosdoce’s new survey see the number of Spanish-language audiobook titles surpassing 10,000 this year, narration dialects starting to favor Latin American markets.
In Russia’s book market, high bookstore inventory levels and rising paper prices are prompting publishers to consider cutting back on book production in 2019.
A newly added podcast series at London Book Fair will be on the Fireside Chat Stage. And smartphones used to access those podcasts are proliferating unevenly in the world, says Pew Research.