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 …

Karachi International Book Fair expects 500,000 visitors this week

We’re into the last few weeks of 2017, but if you were thinking the Guadalajara International Book Fair, which finished on December 3rd, meant game over and we could all relax until the new year, think again. Numbers aren’t in for the Guadalajara event yet, but it was expected 800,000 visitors would pass through its 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 …

Uruguay’s Night of the Bookstores. Who says Latinos don’t read?

If you’re one of those who like to believe Latinos don’t read, then do yourself a favour and don’t read this. After all, it’s far easier to not think about maximising distribution and sales and looking into Spanish and Portuguese translations to grab a share of the lucrative Ibero-American book market. On the other hand, Read More …

Cash for Kindle ebooks – Amazon goes local down in Acapulco

It’s been more than four years since Amazon launched in Mexico in 2013 with its spearhead Kindle ebook store, branching out into physical goods in 2015. This week Amazon finally bowed to the inevitable next stage of glocalisation and started accepting cash payments to try hold its own against rival Walmex, as WalMart’s Mexico arm 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 …