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Daring Swedish YA Tale Attracts Strong Foreign Rights Deals

Jessica Schiefauer

Jessica’s Schiefauer’s Swedish YA novel Pojkarna (The Boys) is attracting strong foreign rights interest for its daring story about gender transformation.

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The Translation That Became a Most Unlikely Bestseller

The Name of the Rose, as published by Italy's Bompani

Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose celebrates 30 years in translation and in print this year — but still confounds even the most erudite readers.

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Should the Young Adult Book Category Be Rebranded?

The "Young Adult" moniker is disliked by both teen readers and adult fans.

The book term ‘young adult’ is generally disliked by both teen readers and adult fans. But is there a better alternative?

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Statistically Speaking, Japan’s Book Trade is in Trouble

Japan

Over the last 15 years, the number of publishers, bookstores and revenue from book sales in Japan has been in significant decline.

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Haven’t Finished Reading that Bestseller? You’re Not Alone

The Goldfinch

Kobo has released data about how many people finish ebook bestsellers and data indicates that purchasing a book is no indication of willingness to read it.

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As Ukraine Sales Dip, Russia’s Eksmo Sells Bookstore Stake

Ukraine and Russia's book markets are codependent, but the Russians are starting to pull out.

Politics and a 15% drop in sales in 2014 has prompted Eksmo to sell its stake in Ukraine’s Logos-Trans, which operates 50 Book Supermarket stores across the country.

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Can Proper Licensing Help Solve Piracy Problems?

Anti Piracy

Two UK rights experts argue that physical book piracy is often due to lack of availability — so, the more content that can be licensed the better.

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How Much Can You Fake in Publishing?

Zoe Sugg poses with Girl Online, which she didn't write...

In the UK, Zoella was revealed to have used a ghostwriter, while Clare Balding’s book cover looks fake, but isn’t. How much of this is okay?

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“México20″ List Spotlights Top Young Mexican Authors

Eduardo Rabasa is one of the featured authors on the México20 list.

The México20 list highlights 20 Mexican authors under 40 to be promoted in 2015 when Mexico is Guest of Honor at the London Book Fair.

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Mexico’s Conaculta Launches Book Sales Website

Librosmexico

Mexico’s arts and culture council (Conaculta) launched librosmexico.mx, a book sales platform designed to solve production and distribution challenges.

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