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Best of 2012 (So Far): Bookselling and Brazilian Publishing

This week, Publishing Perspectives looks back on the first half of 2012 with stories that changed our perspective and shaped the industry. We will return to our regular publishing schedule next week. Enjoy!

Bookselling

James Daunt, Waterstones MD

Why James Daunt Feels Waterstones is “Desperately Vulnerable”
In a revealing interview, Waterstones MD James Daunt discusses why Amazon worries him so much, his admiration for Barnes & Noble and the Nook, and much more.

How to Counter Amazon: Create a One World E-Book Alliance
The aeronautical industry, once dominated by Boeing, managed to develop Airbus. The publishing industry should aspire to create its own “cultural Airbus.”

Why the Waterstones/Amazon Deal is “Like Vichy France”
The verdict is out on whether James Daunt’s decision to partner with Amazon to sell e-books in the UK is an act of self-destruction or a brilliant compromise.

Brazilian Publishing

11,000 Brazilian E-books Available, Saraiva is Top E-Publisher
Though the e-book market in Brazil was slow to take off, the last year has seen an explosion of e-book titles available, from publishers big and small.

Portraits of Readership in Brazil: Is Reading on the Decline?
A recent survey of Brazilian readers found that, although consumers report reading less, book sales are on the rise. What’s really going on?

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