[Press Release] StreetLib launches author & publisher portals in Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines

Loreto, Italy 31 January 2019.

StreetLib has launched publishing portals for authors and publishers in Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines 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, Jamaica, the Bahamas, Finland, Sweden and Malta, and now the first three countries in our Asia roll-out join them as part of our roll-out in 21 countries across 6 continents. And that’s just for January.

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

StreetLib CEO Giacomo D’Angelo said:

There’s a popular misconception that Asians don’t read, yet some of the of the world’s largest book fairs are in Asia, and the hundreds of thousands that turn out at events like the Big Bad Wolf book sales in Malaysia and the Philippines demonstrates clearly that isn’t true.

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 Asia — are denied access to affordable books.

It needn’t be that way. A reader in the Dinaget Islands of the Philippines should have the same books available as a reader in Manila. An author in Singapore, the Philippines or Malaysia 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 (MYR 585.6 billion) (SGD 192.5 billion) (PHP 7.4 trillion).

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 (MYR 13.1 billion) (SGD 4.3 billion) (PHP 166.8 billion))
  • the UK (online population 52 million) ebook market was worth US$405 million (MYR 1.6 billion) (SGD 545.3 million) (PHP 21.1 billion)
  • the Canada (online population 33 million) ebook market was worth US$136 million (MYR 557 million) (SGD 183.1 million) (PHP 7 billion)
  • the Australia (online population 21 million) ebook market was worth US$126 million (MYR516 million) (SGD 169.6 million) (PHP 6.5 billion)

Can countries like Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines hope to compete?

Malaysia

In Malaysia there are 25 million internet users, out of a population of 34 million. Which means Malaysia has more people online than Australia. It has twice as many people online as the Netherlands, and three times as many people online as Belgium or Sweden.

That’s a lucrative market for authors and publishers, with room to grow.

Your books uploaded to the StreetLib Malaysia portal will be available to buy as ebooks in Malaysia and across S.E. Asia 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 (MYR 591 billion).

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

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

Singapore

In Singapore there are 4.8 million internet users, out of a population of 5.8 million. That’s a lucrative market for authors and publishers, and on par with New Zealand.

Your books uploaded to the StreetLib Singapore portal will be available to buy as ebooks in Singapore and across S.E. Asia 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 (SGD 194 billion).

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

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

Philippines

In the Philippines alone there are 67 million internet users, out of a population of 106 million, meaning the Philippines is at just 64% internet penetration. Plenty of room to grow.

But that 67 million people online means the Philippines is the 12th largest country in the world by internet users, with more people online than the UK, France or Italy.

Your books uploaded to the StreetLib Philippines portal will be available to buy as ebooks in the Philippines and across S.E. Asia 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 (PHP 7.5 trillion).

StreetLib Philippines 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 Philippines upload portal dashboard is in English, Italian, Spanish, Hindi, Telugu and Tamil.

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

StreetLib wants to give Singapore, Malaysian and Filipino 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 Malaysia author and publisher portal here.

Visit the StreetLib Singapore author and publisher portal here.

Visit the StreetLib Philippines author and publisher portal here.

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