Stockholm-based Storytel saw a decided increase in its audio and ebook business during the pandemic second quarter, Jonas Tellander reports.
From Sweden, Denmark, the UK, Australia, the USA, the Netherlands, and Norway, today’s titles include children’s books and an LGBT graphic novel.
Trending somewhat toward the noir this time, our deals come from France, Germany, Sweden, the UK, and the States–several titles are parts of series.
Taking both audiobooks and podcasting together, the Bookwire ‘All About Audio’ program was a multifaceted tour of the issues with a final message to publishers: Streaming is inevitable.
‘My collective seashell,’ as Simon Stålenhag puts it, ‘sounds like that’—his artwork, his texts, and the new cinematic treatment by Nathaniel Halpern.
Today’s deals come from India, Sweden, the UK, Finland, Italy, and Norway and include art books, adult fiction, kids’ nonfiction–and historical train tales.
Rights deals are being made from Romania and Serbia to Indonesia and Israel, as publishers look to enrich their lists beyond the coronavirus lockdown.
With in-person rights meetings on hold during the pandemic, FILI and other Nordic literary organizations guarantee 50-percent translation funding for approved grant applications.
Subscribers to audiobook subscription platform BookBeat are growing during the coronavirus pandemic, with bestsellers and well-known authors performing best.
For this literature and film agency’s authors, ‘a drawback like this can be really painful,’ says Lena Stjernström at Stockholm’s Grand Agency.