*+-The Writers Block, a bookstore supported by Tony Hsieh’s Las Vegas Downtown Project, has brought literary chops and an expresso book machine to Sin City.
*+-German ebook distribution platform Bookwire’s international expansion is rolling across Spain, Brazil, Mexico, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru and Colombia.
*+-Today, Marvel Comics may be a multi-billion dollar business built on the back of superheroes, but its past is littered with lewd, pornographic publications.
*+-UK design studio turned publisher FUEL discuss how Kickstarter is helping fund their latest cult project: Russian Criminal Tattoo Police Files.
*+-Anna Soler-Pont of Barcelona’s Pontas Literary & Film Agency discusses the her dual careers in books and movies, and role as an agent, writer and producer.
*+-Australian upstart publisher Milk Shadow Books has tapped a well of multicultural comics talent down under to produce a string of bestselling fringe titles.
*+-Turkmenistan’s Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, aka Arkadag (The Protector), has joined Gaddafi, Mussolini, and Saddam Hussein in the line of dictators who wrote fiction.
*+-Michael Tamblyn, the Chief Content Officer at Kobo, offers an update on the ebookseller’s magazine store, kids shop and international expansion.
*+-US manga titan Viz Media is seeking growth in non-traditional manga markets and is launching its first list in India, after starting in the Philippines this year. Will it work?
*+-British multi-platform publisher YUDU is favoring publishing in the robust iBooks platform over stand-alone apps, which entail greater expense and risk.