Brazil’s Flipoços International Literary Festival sees 85,000 visitors, sells $325,000 books in nine days

When I reported earlier this month that some six million people would be visiting book events in May I added the proviso that the real number would be a lot higher as I will have missed many “smaller” events in my snapshot. As all eyes turn to the New York Book Expo, more than 6 Read More …

12 mind-blowing book events you probably never knew happened in 2017

Usually on alternate Sundays I review the latest Hot Sheet from Jane Friedman and Porter Anderson, but this time around it was a review of the past year and much of what is covered has been discussed in previous reviews here, so this week I’m doing my own TNPS-style review of the 2017 publishing year Read More …

As Amazon’s South America plans become clearer, will Kindle ebooks even be a feature?

It’s now more than three years since Amazon launched a Kindle store. Back in those heady days of 2011-12 it seemed the Amazon Kindle store was on a mission to take ebooks to the world. From just the USA in 2007 Amazon opened Kindle stores in the UK in 2010, then dashed off four in Read More …

Brazil’s comic con may have been bigger than the USA’s. 275,000 expected as the Jeddah Book Fair gets under way in Saudi Arabia

With just ten days to go ’til Christmas the western publishing industry is preparing to take a break, happy to sit back and let the booksellers, online and off, do their work. But publishing is a global industry where geographical and calendar boundaries are increasingly meaningless, and for much of the world it’s business as Read More …

Brazil book sales buoyant as Justice League breaks box-office records

Justice League, the latest superhero film from Warner Bros and DC Comics, has not been the spectacular success it was hoped. At least. not in the USA. But globally it has outperformed expectations. And that’s just at the box office. Plenty more revenue streams to roll in from DVD sales of course and, this being Read More …

Yaoundé Conference – analogue thinking in a digital age. African publishers needs to embrace digital, not re-invent First World battles.

It’s a sad commentary on the state of Cameroon publishing that the best overview of the industry I can find is from 2005. That may be about to change. This past week in the Cameroon capital Yaoundé a conference on the future of African publishing was wide-ranging in its discussions. Titled ‘The Publishing Industry in Read More …

Brazil’s slavery history exposed in graphic novel format

In the dark history of the trans-Atlantic slave trade few can be unaware of the “golden triangle” of trade between Britain, West Africa and North America. Which makes Britain and the US the two largest African-slave-owning nations, right? Well, not quite. In fact Britain traded in, but did not in any meaningful way own slaves. Read More …

Amazon’s imminent Brazil expansion may be good for ebooks

With reports emerging that Amazon is finally set to gear up its Brazil plans, it seems electronic goods (high demand, high margins, easy shipping) will be the first non-books sector on the agenda, and that might just be good news for ebooks. In India, where Amazon is engaged in a major push to dominate the Read More …

Bookwire acquires DLD as the Brazil ebook market heats up

Porter Anderson at Publishing Perspectives today breaks the news that the Germany-based digital distributor Bookwire has acquired Brazil’s Distribuidora de Livros Digitals (DLD). Anderson quotes Bookwire GmbH CEO Jens Klingelhöfer as saying, “In the ebook segment, Brazil is an immensely important market with very high digital growth rates.” Bookwire has been active in the Ibero-American ebook markets since 2013. The Read More …