Taking stock of the local e-book scene

Turning a profit remains a challenge for smaller players, even as more local titles are being launched electronically

More Singapore publishers are converting their titles into e-books, something long practised by academic and educational presses here. It is now increasingly common for local trade publishers working in fiction, non-fiction and poetry to do so even as the challenge of making a profit in the format remains for smaller players.

This month, Straits Times Press launched 20 e-book titles on Amazon Kindle, ranging from financial journalist Lorna Tan's best-selling collection Retire Smart (2018) to Janice Tay's fantasy novel The Memory Eaters (2017). Two more titles are planned for May.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 24, 2019, with the headline 'Taking stock of the local e-book scene'. Print Edition | Subscribe