*+-April 23, Dia de Sant Jordi, the Catalan festival dedicated to books and roses, accounts for 5–8% of annual book sales in Catalonia.
*+-If one theme resonated at the London Book Fair’s Digital Minds conference, it was that even in the age of digital, we need to remember we are selling books to humans.
*+-Technology is being adapted to glean data from users and consumers in a variety of cultural spaces, from bookshops to libraries to museum shops.
*+-Club Bertelsmann, Germanys first — and for a long time very successful — book club finally closed its last two retail stores on March 31st 2015.
*+-Independent publishing and bookstores that offering indie press books are lone bright spots in an otherwise depressed South Korean publishing landscape.
*+-Saudi Arabia’s Obeikan is a leader in education publishing, with nearly 3,000 titles, a print operation, as well as 20 bookstores across the country.
*+-Business Insider, reports that the contract between Amazon and HarperCollins is close to expiring, and HC is balking at Amazon’s current offer.
*+-Singapore-based Page One’s new bookstore concept in Hong Kong started by looking at what readers loved in books and building from there, says CEO Mark Tan.
*+-UK publishers sold £2.2 billion of books in 2004, with ebooks accounting for nearly half UK fiction sales—though print in other categories proved resilient.
*+-Canada Reads, a contest in which 5 celebrities debate various books merits and vote a title off each day on CBC TV, has serious implications for publishers.