The Sound of SingLit: Storytel secures rights to convert 45 Epigram titles to audio books

SINGAPORE — Singapore publisher Epigram and Swedish audio book company Storytel have struck a deal to turn some of Epigram’s catalogue of print books into audio books.

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Storytel bought the rights to 45 of Epigram’s titles, which range from non-fiction works such as Paige Parker’s Don’t Call Me Mrs Rogers, Angjolie Mei’s Dying To Meet You and Danielle West’s Girls Can’t Be in the Mafia; to bestselling titles for young adults such as Low Ying Ping’s Mount Emily series, Ning Cai’s Misdirection and Judith Huang’s Sofia and the Utopia Machine.

Other novels to be converted include new releases such as The Minorities by Suffian Hakim, award-winning titles such as the 2018 Singapore Literature Prize winner State of Emergency by Jeremy Tiang; the 2018 Singapore Book Award winner The Gatekeeper by Nuraliah Norasid; and Epigram Books Fiction Prize winners The Riot Act by Sebastian Sim and Now That It’s Over by O Thiam Chin.

Edmund Wee, publisher of Epigram Books, said: “We are thrilled by the prospect of giving our titles a new platform and we believe that this will introduce Singaporean literature a whole new audience not just in Singapore but the world over.”

“We are very happy to cooperate with Epigram Books and be given the honour to convert some of their excellent catalogue into audio,” Helena Gustafsson, Head of Global Publishing of Storytel, said. “Local publishers are the most important partners to Storytel when entering a new market. Together we hope to grow the audio book market in Singapore.”

Storytel is the leading audiobook subscription streaming service in Northern Europe. The books are streamed through the Storytel app and can also be placed in offline mode. In addition, Storytel also publishes its own books under the name, Storyside. Currently, there are more than 120,000 audio books in Storytel, in English and other languages, and more are added each month.

Epigram began its trade publishing imprint in July 2011 to champion Singaporean literature Since then, it has more than 350 titles in its catalogue, several of which have won awards both locally and globally, including The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye (winner of three Eisner Awards); State of Emergency and Ministry of Moral Panic (both winners of the Singapore Literature Prize for English Fiction). Epigram also runs the annual Epigram Books Fiction Prize, which offers prize money of $40,000 and publishing contracts to four authors every year.

Christopher Toh