Do Literary Festivals Offer Sufficient ROI for Authors and Publishers?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

Literary festivals are increasingly popular, but the effort and expense involved in sending an author to appear at one might never pay off. By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story discusses the Paraty International Literature Festival in Brazil. It is widely considered one of the most successful — and fun — literary festivals anywhere in the world. The piece notes that …

Brazilian Book Market Grows to Nearly $2bn, Led by Growth in Trade and STM

In Growth Markets by Guest Contributor

For expanded coverage of the Brazilian book market, visit our new site and newsletter — PublishNews Brazil — powered by Publishing Perspectives. By Maria Fernanda Rodrigues, PublishNew Brazil The Brazilian publishing market continues to exhibit modest growth. According to the most recent figures released by the Brazilian Book Chamber (CBL) and the Brazilian Publishers Union (SNEL), the total market was …

Bestsellers in Brazil: January 2011

In PublishNews Brazil by Carlo Carrenho

By Carlo Carrenho, PublishNews.com.br These bestseller lists originally appeared on our partner website, PublishNews Brazil, a joint venture between PublishNews and Publishing Perspectives. If you would like to receive a bi-weekly email newsletter about the Brazilian publishing industry, subscribe here. Every month, PublishNews Brazil will publish a summary of PublishNews‘ monthly bestseller list. The original list, in Portuguese, has weekly, …

Introducing PublishNews Brazil, in English!

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

Today, Publishing Perspectives and PublishNews announce the start of a new, online collaboration, PublishNews Brazil, which provides comprehensive news and analysis about the Brazilian publishing industry in English. You will find information about digital developments in Brazilian publishing, industry news, foreign rights and the most comprehensive bestseller lists available. You can follow PublishNews Brazil on Twitter and subscribe to the …

Back to the Future: In Brazil, Door-to-door Book Sales are Booming

In Growth Markets by Guest Contributor

By Ricardo Costa and Maria Fernanda, PublishNews Imagine a single country spreading across 50% of South America. A country with 27 states where there are 190 million people living in different conditions. Some of them are very poor while others are far too rich. This is Brazil. And a nation with such enormous magnitude offers serious opportunities -– the book …

Could Door-to-door Book Sales Be Revived in the US?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story looks at the success of door-to-door book sales in Brazil. It wasn’t that long ago when it wasn’t uncommon to see an encyclopedia salesperson walking the streets of your neighborhood going door-to-door with his or her sample case. Of course, that sales channel has disappeared in the US . . . whether whether this is …

A Little Bit of Brazil in Frankfurt

In Digital by Guest Contributor

By Ricardo Costa In 2013, Brazil will be the Guest of Honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair, and it’s not too early to consider what the country has to offer. With 220 million people and $2.5 billion in book sales for 2009, Brazil, has a book industry that is booming, one producing more titles –- with more efficiency –- and …

How I Accidentally Became a Book Scout

In Digital by Guest Contributor

• Todd Sattersten, a business book author became a scout by accident: a Twitter exchange led to a relationship with Spain’s Grupo Planeta. • Now preparing for his first Frankfurt Book Fair, he describes his journey into this mysterious profession and offers tips on selling books abroad. By Todd Sattersten “Really?” That’s what most people say when I tell them I …