[Press Release] StreetLib launches author & publisher portals in Australia, Fiji and New Zealand

Loreto, Italy 30 January 2019.

StreetLib has launched publishing portals for authors and publishers in Australia, Fiji and New Zealand to digitally distribute their books around the world, with no up-front fees.

Books can be published in English and most other languages, and will be distributed to hundreds of ebook retailers and digital libraries worldwide, including to the world’s biggest ebook retailers like Amazon, Google Play, Kobo and Apple.

Earlier this month StreetLib began its 2019 global roll-out in Africa, at the Golden Jubilee of the Cairo International Book Fair, the world’s biggest literary event. Now Australia, Fiji and New Zealand join StreetLib Egypt as part of a roll-out in 21 countries across 6 continents. And that’s just for January.

In February StreetLib will add more Oceania nations to the list, and by the years’ end will provide services to authors and publishers across the continent.

StreetLib CEO Giacomo D’Angelo said:

We believe everyone, anywhere on the planet has the right to read books, and we believe every author, anywhere on the planet has the right to be published and reach a global audience.

But, much as we love print (we also offer print on demand options) the production and distribution costs of printed books mean many people around the world — and not least across Oceania — are denied access to affordable books.

In Australia and New Zealand the distances between cities and towns means many people have no easy access to a book store, and across the island nations of Oceania that problem is magnified many times. Online book stores have helped alleviate those problems, but shipping costs can make even buying locally published books prohibitively expensive, let alone a book published on the other side of the world.

It needn’t be that way. A reader in a remote village in New Zealand or Australia or on an island nation like Fiji should have the same books available as a reader in Sydney, Wellington, London or New York. An author in a remote village in Australia or New Zealand or on an island nation like Fiji should have the same opportunity to publish their work as an author in New York or London.

Today, anyone, anywhere in the world with an internet connection can buy, download and read ebooks on their phones or tablets, no matter how far away their nearest book store is. And authors and publishers, no matter where they are, can upload and sell books to those readers.

The portals are for publishers of all sizes, from individual self-publishers to the biggest publishing houses, facilitating global reach in an international book market worth US$143 billion (AUD 198 billion) (FJD 303 billion) (NZD 208 billion).

Giacomo D’Angelo added:

Since its inception in 2006 StreetLib has been at the forefront of the digital reading revolution, enabling authors and publishers around the world to publish and sell books to anyone that has an internet connection.

Today StreetLib distributes a large volume of digital books on behalf of publishers, from individual authors with just one title to big publishers with hundreds or even thousands of titles.

In the US, UK and western Europe digital books — ebooks and audiobooks — provide publishers with new revenue streams alongside their printed book sales. In 2017, according to one report

  • the US (online population 312 million) ebook market, was worth US$3.2 billion (AUD 4.4 billion) (FJD 6.8 billion) (NZD 4.6 billion)
  • the UK (online population 52 million) ebook market was worth US$405 million (AUD 562 million) (FJD 859 million) (NZD 591 million)
  • the Canada (online population 33 million) ebook market was worth US$136 million (AUD 189 million) (FJD 288 million) (NZD 198 million))
  • the Australia (online population 21 million) ebook market was worth US$126 million (AUD 175 million) (FJD 267 million) (NZD 184 million)
  • the New Zealand (online population 4.1 million) ebook market was worth US$1.6 million (AUD 2.2 million) (FJD 3.4 million) (NZD 2.3 million)

Australia

In the Australia alone there are 21.7 million internet users, out of a population of 24.7 million, meaning pretty much everyone in Australia is online.

Your books uploaded to the StreetLib Australia portal will be available to buy as ebooks in Australia and across Oceania via the StreetLib international store, as well as globally.

Globally there are over 4 billion people online, and the global book market is valued at over $143 billion (AUD 201 billion).

StreetLib Australia offers free formatting tools, if needed, to turn your book or manuscript into a digital file.

Authors and publishers can upload a single book at a time, or use our batch upload option for large quantities of titles.

The StreetLib Australia upload portal dashboard is in English, Italian, Spanish, Hindi, Telegu and Tamil.

But the books themselves can be uploaded in any language, including Australia’s indigenous languages, and sold through the StreetLib international store, as well as being distributed to any retailers that supports that language.

New Zealand

In New Zealand there are 4.2 million internet users, out of a population of 4.7 million, meaning pretty much everyone in New Zealand is online.

Your books uploaded to the StreetLib New Zealand portal will be available to buy as ebooks in New Zealand and across Oceania via the StreetLib international store, as well as globally.

Globally there are over 4 billion people online, and the global book market is valued at over $143 billion (NZD 209 billion).

StreetLib New Zealand offers free formatting tools, if needed, to turn your book or manuscript into a digital file.

Authors and publishers can upload a single book at a time, or use our batch upload option for large quantities of titles.

The StreetLib New Zealand upload portal dashboard is in English, Italian, Spanish, Hindi, Telegu and Tamil.

But the books themselves can be uploaded in any language, including te reo Māori, and sold through the StreetLib international store, as well as being distributed to any retailers that supports that language.

Fiji

In Fiji there are only 500,000 internet users, out of a population of only 900,000, which is a small but still lucrative market for authors and publishers.

But your books uploaded to the StreetLib Fiji portal will be available to buy as ebooks in the Fiji and across Oceania via the StreetLib international store, as well as globally.

Globally there are over 4 billion people online, and the global book market is valued at over $143 billion (FJD 304 billion).

StreetLib Fiji offers free formatting tools, if needed, to turn your book or manuscript into a digital file.

Authors and publishers can upload a single book at a time, or use our batch upload option for large quantities of titles.

The StreetLib Fiji upload portal dashboard is in English, Italian, Spanish, Hindi, Telegu and Tamil.

But the books themselves can be uploaded in any language, including indigenous Oceania languages, and sold through the StreetLib international store, as well as being distributed to any retailers that supports that language.

StreetLib wants to give Australian, New Zealand and Fijian authors and publishers the chance to share in the global digital books market, and it won’t cost them anything up front. We just collect 10% from net sales made and pay the author or publisher the rest.

Visit the StreetLib Australia author and publisher portal here.

Visit the StreetLib Fiji author and publisher portal here.

Visit the StreetLib New Zealand author and publisher portal here.