Accustomed to working together with booksellers on distribution, Dutch publishers, says one veteran observer, may be particularly suited to collaborative efforts in ‘renewing the book.’
Representing translation rights for contemporary Polish literature and co-owning a publishing house, Magdalena Dębowska worries that readership in Poland ‘is at an historic low.’
Asked ahead of Frankfurt’s The Markets, Rotterdam’s Peter Paul van Bekkum says mobile, direct sales, and self-publishing are the publishing developments to watch in The Netherlands.
Answering the dominance of two bookstore chains’ 400+ locations, Polish publishers create BookBook, their own chain, banking on ‘the unique atmosphere of our bookstores.’
Three festivals are gaining traction in different parts of the battle-scarred African nation of Somalia. The next, Mogadishu’s fair, is scheduled for August 17 through 19.
In her appraisal of The Philippines’ book industry challenges, Manila-based literary agent Andrea Pasion-Flores talks of the disparities of retail access to books in various parts of the country.
The new ‘Buch an Bord’ campaign from Condor airlines and Vorsicht! Buch in Germany offers travelers and extra kilo in their hand luggage just for books.
One of the nation’s largest, Mexico’s bookstore chain named for Mahatma Gandhi increasingly depends on non-book sales to stay ahead, according to the company’s marketing manager.
A study in contrasts, Poland’s market is quick to respond to technology even while losing readership. Consultant Marcin Skrabka—who speaks on October 18 as Poland’s visionary in Frankfurt Book Fair’s The Markets: Global Publishing Summit—sees opportunity amid the challenges.
Is the ‘perennial cachet’ in fantasy fiction so strong for booksellers in India that ‘writers are told by publishers to base their stories around the time of the Ramayana and the Mahabharata’?