*+-Part 1 of our series on how Venezuelan publishers are coping with crisis looks at Igneo Editorial , a young publisher supported by a fitness magazine.
*+-In Russia, a recent tender for school textbooks was so lopsided, with Prosveshcheniye dominating, that several competitors are already announcing lay offs.
*+-The French parliament passed a long-debated law that will end Amazon.com’s ability to offer a combined 5% discount and free shipping on books shipped to France.
*+-The government of Belarus is intent on supporting its national literature and is offering the industry some $150 million in subsidies to keep it going.
*+-Argentina’s publishing industry has suffered serious setbacks due to changes in government policies, but some see opportunity despite the challenges.
*+-The decrease in reading in Russia has alarmed government officials, who are considering various proposals to support bookselling and the promotion of reading.
*+-Years of effort on behalf of publishers has resulted in a new fixed book price law in Slovenia, which should help stabilize the tiny nation’s book business.
*+-Hungary nationalized primary school textbook production to thwart what are viewed as ‘profiteering publishers'; Poland and South Africa are considering similar changes.
*+-In Brazil, Saraiva gets a new CEO, the Ministry of Culture moves oversite of book policies back to Brasilia, and a university press finds success with free ebooks by its professors.
*+-ISBNs date back to the 1960s, but many think the system no longer reflects the realities of the digital age. Should the ISBN system be abolished, updated, or left alone?
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