Brazil

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Sharing Experience, Expectations: Book Fair Directors Meet in Mexico

In their biennial meeting, a dozen leaders of international book fairs gathered in Guadalajara to discuss their progress, challenges, and evolving viewpoints on the book trade. The Conference of International Book Fairs directors attending this month’s biennial meeting in Guadalajara were photographed by Josue Nando. By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson Trading Trends and Tactics: A Collegial Setting […]

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Michael Healy to Speak on Global Copyright Issues in NYC

By Erin L. Cox | @ErinLCox Michael Healy One of the greatest challenges in global publishing is navigating how different markets respond to copyright issues. Michael Healy, Executive Director of International Relations for Copyright Clearance Center (CCC), is one of the leading experts in these issues and will be highlighting recent legislation and challenges in the […]

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Best Translated Book Awards: Mexico’s Yuri Herrera and Brazil’s Angélica Freitas

Funded by the Amazon Literary Partnership, the Best Translated Book Award gives $5,000 to each winning author and translator, and is administered by Chad W. Post of the literary site Three Percent and Open Letter, a nonprofit literary press. By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson Fiction and Poetry, a Longlist of 35, Shortlist of 16 The […]

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Snapshots of Seven Vibrant Publishing Markets: Frankfurt Book Fair

On October 18, The Markets: Global Publishing Summit will showcase seven publishing regions you can’t afford to ignore. Here we offer brief glimpses into each of these markets. The Markets: Global Publishing Summit debuted in 2015 at the Frankfurt Book Fair (Image: Bernd Hartung / Frankfurter Buchmesse) By Erin L. Cox | @erinlcox Brazil For the […]

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Series of Brazil Books Expanded by New London Librarium

With funding from the National Library of Brazil, a small publisher announces more titles in its series of books on Brazilian culture and issues. The post Series of Brazil Books Expanded by New London Librarium appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

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Consumer Confidence: A Recessionary State of Mind

Nielsen sees 55 percent of those surveyed on global consumer confidence saying that in the fourth quarter of 2015, they believed the were in recession. The post Consumer Confidence: A Recessionary State of Mind appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

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Confidence Rising (Mostly): Nielsen’s Whirlwind Overview of World Markets

The Nielsen Consumer Confidence Index combined with Bookscan data offers a snapshot of what’s happening in global book publishing markets. The post Confidence Rising (Mostly): Nielsen’s Whirlwind Overview of World Markets appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

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Buy a Book, Ride the Subway for Free in Brazil

An innovative book promotion by Brazilian publishers embeds RFID cards in the back of books offering buyers 10 free subway rides. The post Buy a Book, Ride the Subway for Free in Brazil appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

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Flanders & the Netherlands

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‘The Markets’ Announced for 2016’s Global Summit at Frankfurt Book Fair

Issuing a call for papers, Frankfurt Book Fair and Publishing Perspectives announce the seven-nation focus for ‘The Markets’ 2016. Regions highlighted include Southeast Asia, Europe, South America, and the Middle East. At Frankfurt Book Fair’s The Markets event in 2015. Image: Bernd Hartung By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson Following the success of the The Markets: Global Publishing […]

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Dutch Book Review of Books on Racism Lost in Translation

A debate has ensued over the use of an illustration of a man in blackface and a headline using the “n-word” in a review of several US books on racism. By Dennis Abrams Tai-Nehisi Coates’s latest book, an extraordinary look at racism in America, titled Between the World and Me, was recently reviewed by the Dutch […]

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Philippines

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‘Draw That Roadmap to the World’: The Philippines’ Karina Bolasco

‘Our publishing industry is complex and vibrant,’ says the Director of the Ateneo de Manila University Press. Karina Bolasco speaks on October 18 as The Philippines’ analyst in Frankfurt Book Fair’s The Markets: Global Publishing Summit. Roxas Boulevard in Manila. Image – iStockphoto: Simon Podgorsek We begin a new series of insight articles today, in […]

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Flirting With New Readers in The Philippines: Wattpad Presents

The Wattpad Presents partnership with TV5 Manila dramatizes Wattpad stories for avid fans. By Porter Anderson | @Porter_AndersonEditor-in-Chief In The Philippines, Wattpad is known as much more than a huge online reading and writing community. Its arm called Wattpad Presents generates content for film and television productions. Announced in September 2014, the partnership sees TV5 Manila dramatize popular stories […]

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Will Wattpad Attract a Billion Users? CEO says “Easy”

Allen Lau says Wattpad should attract a billion users across the world ‘without much difficulty’ and they will monetize them through native advertising. The post Will Wattpad Attract a Billion Users? CEO says “Easy” appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

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International Publishing Leaders Seek Answers at Yale

Half a dozen publishers who attended this year’s Yale Publishing Course shared their international publishing challenges. Do you have answers for them? The post International Publishing Leaders Seek Answers at Yale appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

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Poland

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‘A Unique Market in Europe’: Poland’s Marcin Skrabka

A study in contrasts, Poland’s market is quick to respond to technology even while losing readership. Consultant Marcin Skrabka sees opportunity amid the challenges. Warsaw’s business district. Image – iStockphoto: Lena Serditova In our continuing series with specialists (analysts, visionaries, and players) who will speak to issues in the seven pivotal publishing markets of Frankfurt Book […]

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‘To Solve This Engagement Problem’: Lessons from Poland’s Multimedia

In looking at ‘how well the book can get along’ with its new multimedia neighbors, gamemakers say ‘a book is simply one of the requirements’ of good, engrossing storytelling. From the landing page of the Olive Green, olivegreenthemovie.com Christopher Kenneally, host of Copyright Clearance Center’s Beyond the Book podcast series, speaks with two multimedia specialists from Poland […]

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At BEA: Poland’s Publishing Industry Is the Market Focus in Chicago

Opportunities and challenges in Poland’s publishing market are under discussion this week at BookExpo America. Recently: a decision against fixed pricing. Information presented at BEA makes comparisons of publishing market values for 2013, as specialists report that Poland has suffered a significant decline in readership amid competition from new media. Image provided by Włodzimierz Albin. […]

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Asia, North and South America, Africa, Europe Featured in London Book Fair’s Excellence Awards

France, Australia, US, China, Sudan, Brazil, Poland, New Zealand and more factor into the honors: New Bookstore of the Year category a popular favorite. The post Asia, North and South America, Africa, Europe Featured in London Book Fair’s Excellence Awards appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

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Denmark’s Egmont ČR Acquired by Czech Children’s Publisher Albatros

Solidifying its hold on the Czech children’s book market, Albatros Media acquires Danish consortium Egmont’s Czech operation. The post Denmark’s Egmont ČR Acquired by Czech Children’s Publisher Albatros appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

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Polish Publishers, Politicians Struggle With Textbook Policies

The earlier government’s free textbook mandate is cited for closures of a number of Polish publishers. A plan for e-textbooks remains in question. The post Polish Publishers, Politicians Struggle With Textbook Policies appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

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A Busy Year for Polish Publishing: BEA, FBM, LBF

Polish publishing is featured in The Markets Global Summit at Frankfurt Book Fair 2016, the Market Forum at BEA 2016, and LBF’s Market Focus in 2017. The post A Busy Year for Polish Publishing: BEA, FBM, LBF appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

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Spain

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‘Habits of Culture’ and the Digital Dynamic: Spain’s José Manuel Anta

The impact of digital, the population’s loss of ‘cultural habits’ that support reading, and challenges to the supply chain: Madrid’s José Manuel Anta on the Spanish publishing market’s challenges. On Madrid’s Calle Preciados. Image – iStockphoto: Lord Kuernyus In our series with specialists (analysts, visionaries, and players) who will speak to issues in the seven pivotal […]

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‘Growth Is My Biggest Concern’: Spanish Publisher Luis Solano

‘We need to work harder and customize our publishing offers in Latin America,’ says Barcelona-based independent publisher Luis Solano. Spain’s publishing market’s challenges, he says, include piracy and a need for new readership. On Barcelona’s Carrer de Ferran. Image – iStockphoto: tupungato In our series with specialists (analysts, visionaries, and players) who will speak to issues […]

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Spain’s Publishers Take Stock of Their Industry’s Health

The Spanish book business took a hard hit in the 2008 financial crisis. Observers say they look to October’s book fair at Barcelona to boost a growing recovery. Barcelona’s Book Fair, Liber 16, is set for October 12-14. Image – iStockphoto: Leonid Andronov Spain is one of seven publishing regions highlighted by this year’s The Markets: Global Publishing Summit […]

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Richard Ford Wins Spain’s Princess of Asturias Prize for Literature

‘To have readers in Spain has always been a great and generous gift to me,’ says Richard Ford in a statement released on the news of his Princess of Asturias award. From the 2014 ceremony. Image: Princess of Asturias Foundation It’s a season of significant awards for writers’ bodies of work. We wrote recently of […]

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Madrid Named Guest City of Honor at Guadalajara 2017

Spain’s capital city will be the special guest at the world’s largest Spanish-language book fair next year in Guadalajara, the first time since 2009 a city has been granted the honor. FIL President Raúl Padilla López is pictured with Madrid Mayor Manuela Carmena Castrillo, center, and FIL Director Marisol Shulz Manaut. By Adam Critchley | […]

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Spanish and Mexican Bookselling: Madrid’s Day of Debate

With 42 percent of Spain’s population reporting to surveys that they’re not reading books, last week’s symposium in Madrid about bookselling had an extra edge of urgency. The audience for last week’s symposium at the European Institute of Design in Madrid. Image: Valentina Morotti My new hero may be Mexico’s Manuel Dávila, who in last Thursday’s […]

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World Publishing, Its Literary Centers, and the Channels Between

Familiar centers for one literary language or another, writes English PEN’s Erica Jarnes, various capitals become de facto hubs for ‘world literatures.’ How appropriate is that? At Venice’s National Library of St. Mark. Image – iStockphoto: Panama7 By Dennis Abrams | @DennisAbrams2 ‘About 1% of literature published in the UK’ Began in French At English PEN — which had […]

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Will Ebooks Ever Circulate Freely in Europe?

Joaquín Rodríguez shares his views on ebook accessibility, standards and interoperability within the frame of the European single digital market. The post Will Ebooks Ever Circulate Freely in Europe? appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

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Crowdfunding for Latin American Writers: A Few Words With Enrique Parrilla

Spain-based Lantia’s crowdfunding platform has become a ‘channel’ for Latin American independent titles, says CEO Enrique Parrilla. The post Crowdfunding for Latin American Writers: A Few Words With Enrique Parrilla appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

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In Madrid and Mexico City: La Lectora Futura is Here Now

La Lectora Futura is a web-based project designed to bring together book lovers and pros around literature from Spain, Mexico, Colombia and Argentina. The post In Madrid and Mexico City: La Lectora Futura is Here Now appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

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UK

Coetzee and New Faces on the Man Booker Prize Longlist

With the shortlist to be announced September 13, the Man Booker Prize ‘Dozen’ is marked, judges say, by writing that is ‘uniformly fresh, energetic and important.’ The post Coetzee and New Faces on the Man Booker Prize Longlist appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

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Coetzee and New Faces on the Man Booker Prize Longlist

With the shortlist to be announced September 13, the Man Booker Prize ‘Dozen’ is marked, judges say, by writing that is ‘uniformly fresh, energetic and important.’ The post Coetzee and New Faces on the Man Booker Prize Longlist appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

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What’s Selling: Global Rights Update from Penguin Random House

It’s no surprise that book publishing giant Penguin Random House has plenty of success selling rights around the world. Here are their most recent highlights from the US and UK. The post What’s Selling: Global Rights Update from Penguin Random House appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

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Fiona Carr Joins IPR License as Senior Sales Manager

With nearly twenty years experience in the publishing industry, Fiona Carr joins online rights platform IPR License as Senior Sales Manager. The post Fiona Carr Joins IPR License as Senior Sales Manager appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

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How Bourne Was Born: Three Key Operatives in the Franchise

As the fifth Bourne film is released, a trio of author Robert Ludlum’s publishing colleagues think back on his writing and the book business. The post How Bourne Was Born: Three Key Operatives in the Franchise appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

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Big and Small, Old and New: Oxford University Press and Its Israeli Startups

‘The world of publishing has evolved one small step and then stopped,’ says a digital entrepreneur, one of three whose Israeli startup is collaborating with the venerable Oxford University Press. At the Maariv intersection in downtown Tel Aviv. Image – iStockphoto: Eldad Carin ‘Take the risk to share your vision with a partner.’ Such wisdom […]

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Amazon Singles Classics: Can They Make e-Shorts Fashionable?

Echoes of a bygone Byliner: Opening with more than 140 knees-up essays and stories, Amazon is betting that Singles Classics can make e-shorts sexy at last. From Amazon.com’s Singles Classics landing page By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson  A New Attempt To Give e-Shorts Legs? It may be a sign of the times that when Amazon announced last week […]

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The English World’s Richest Prize for a Short Story: Open for Submissions

Co-founded in 2010 by Lord Matthew Evans of EFG and The Sunday Times’ Cathy Galvin, is an international award that promotes ‘the excellence of the modern short story.’ Image: From The Sunday Times EFG Award site By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson ‘Determinedly International in Orientation’ Offering £30,000 (US$39,700) to its winner, The Sunday Times EFG […]

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Storytelling Series: Tom Abba on Defining Unknown Narrative Formats

‘Operating on the edge’ of traditional storytelling formats, Tom Abba explores new ways to combine physical world and digital technology and convey stories to readers. The Ambient Literature project launched at the Hachette UK headquarters in London. By Hannah Johnson | @hannahsjohnson Tom Abba “I think that a reader’s experience of narrative is probably universal,” says […]

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The UK’s Mark Allen Group Signs Onto IPR License

Joining the rights and trading platform’s international network, London’s Mark Allen Group brings a broad range of content marketing and other services to its clients. Image – iStockphoto: Brian A. jackson By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson ‘To Gain More Exposure for Our Titles’ The latest partnership announced by rights and licensing marketplace IPR License is the […]

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The NEA’s Big Read: Stepping Up Its Game for Diversity, Relevance

Marking 10 years of whole cities reading together, the USA’s National Endowment for the Arts’ Big Read program turns to contemporary authors to update and energize its program. Image – iStockphoto: NYC Stocker ‘Diverse, and Relevant to Our Times’ More than 4.2 million people have participated in the National Endowment for the Arts’ (NEA) Big […]

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United Arab Emirates

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‘The First Free Zone For Publishing’: The UAE’s Bodour

Nothing may sound better to publishers than the phrase ‘larger global markets for publishing,’ which Sharjah Publishing City is being developed to create. Bodour Al Qasimi speaks on October 18 as the UAE’s visionary in Frankfurt Book Fair’s The Markets: Global Publishing Summit. Sharjah’s Jubail Market. Image – iStockphoto: Mariemlulu In our continuing series with specialists […]

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‘Standing Firm’: Kinokuniya’s Hiroshi Sogo on Bookselling Amid Challenges

‘Heavy discounting will destroy market order, and idiotic populism will come to reign,’ says Kinokuniya’s Hiroshi Sogo, whose Tokyo base aggressively supports English and other-language work. From the corporation’s international site, Books Kinokuniya in the World When we last heard from Hiroshi Sogo of Kinokuniya in 2014, the Tokyo-based company was expanding its international base […]

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New UK-UAE Partnership: Bloomsbury and Kalimat in Translation Exchange

Both cultural exchange and commercial market presence are expected by Kalimat and Bloomsbury’s executives in an Arabic-English translation agreement. By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson Exchange Opens With 10 Titles From Each Publisher Close on the heels of last month’s announcement of a cooperative venture between the UK’s Quarto andthe UAE’s Kalimat, another program—this time between Kalimat and […]

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The IPA, the Arab World, and ‘Building Dialogue’: Bodour on the Controversy

In a Publishing Perspectives exclusive, Bodour Al Qasimi reacts to the International Publishers Association’s recent membership controversy and looks at the Arab world’s industry in globalization. Bodour Al Quasimi and Rüdiger Wischenbart speak in an onstage ‘fireside chat’ during Berlin’s Publishers’ Forum. Image: Sven Serkis By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson ‘We Are Partly Responsible’ At Publishers’ Forum in […]

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Amin Maalouf Takes Top Honor at 10th Sheikh Zayed Book Award

At the Abu Dhabi Book Fair, world-renowned novelist Amin Maalouf was awarded as Cultural Personality of the Year by the Sheikh Zayed Book Award. The post Amin Maalouf Takes Top Honor at 10th Sheikh Zayed Book Award appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

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Sharjah Publishing City: A Free Zone ‘For the World’

The Sharjah Book Authority announces more information about the soon-to-launch ‘publishing free zone’ and its tax-free incentives for book publishers. The post Sharjah Publishing City: A Free Zone ‘For the World’ appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

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The UAE’s Sharjah Book Authority Launches a ‘Virtual Reality Book’

Embracing young people’s pleasure in technology, the Sharjah leadership experiments with a VR presentation of literature for children, based on the the life of the UAE’s founder. The post The UAE’s Sharjah Book Authority Launches a ‘Virtual Reality Book’ appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

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Novel of Palestinian Life by Rabai al-Madhoun Wins Arabic Fiction Prize

The ninth iteration of the prize carries a US$50,000 purse and honors the 70-year-old Palestinian-born writer who lives in London. The post Novel of Palestinian Life by Rabai al-Madhoun Wins Arabic Fiction Prize appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

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At Abu Dhabi Book Fair: A Few Words With Nigeria’s Richard Ali

At the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, Nigeria’s Richard Ali talks about the multilingual hurdles faced by those working in publishing in Africa. The post At Abu Dhabi Book Fair: A Few Words With Nigeria’s Richard Ali appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

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