[Press Release] StreetLib launches author & publisher portals in Jamaica and the Bahamas

Loreto, Italy 31 January 2019.

StreetLib has launched publishing portals for authors and publishers in Jamaica and the Bahamas 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, followed by Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, South Africa, Mexico, Spain, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, Finland, Sweden, Malta, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines, and now the first two countries in our Caribbean roll-out join them as we complete our roll-out in 21 countries across 6 continents. And that’s just for January.

In February StreetLib will add more Caribbean nations to the list, and by the year’s end we hope to provide services to authors and publishers across the Caribbean.

Explaining the need for the StreetLib author and publisher portals in Jamaica and the Bahamas, StreetLib CEO Giacomo D’Angelo explained:

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 the Caribbean — are denied access to affordable books.

It needn’t be that way. A reader in Jamaica or the Bahamas should have the same books available as a reader in any other country. An author in Jamaica or the Bahamas 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 (JMD 18.9 trillion) (BSD 143 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 (JMD 424.5 billion) (BSD 3.2 billion)
  • the UK (online population 52 million) ebook market was worth US$405 million (JMD 53.7 billion) (BSD405 million)
  • the Canada (online population 33 million) ebook market was worth US$136 million (JMD 18 billion) (BSD 136 million)
  • the Australia (online population 21 million) ebook market was worth US$126 million (JMD 16.7 billion) (BSD 126 million)

The relatively small populations of the Caribbean nations need not be an obstacle to Jamaican and Bahamian authors and publishers reaching readers.

Jamaica

In Jamaica there are 1.6 million internet users, out of a population of nearly 3 million, which is a small but still lucrative market for authors and publishers. Internet penetration is only at 55% in Jamaica so plenty of room to grow.

But your books uploaded to the StreetLib Jamaica portal will be available to buy as ebooks in Jamaica and across the Caribbean 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 (JMD 18.9 trillion).

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

But the books themselves can be uploaded in any language, including indigenous Caribbean languages like Jamaican Patois (Creole), and sold through the StreetLib international store, as well as being distributed to any retailers that supports that language.

Bahamas

In the Bahamas there are only 333,000 internet users, out of a population of only 399,000, which is a small but still lucrative market for authors and publishers.

But your books uploaded to the StreetLib Bahamas portal will be available to buy as ebooks in the Bahamas and across the Caribbean 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 (BSD 143 billion).

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

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

StreetLib wants to give Jamaican and Bahamian 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 Jamaica author and publisher portal here.

Visit the StreetLib Bahamas author and publisher portal here.

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