Amazon Mexico has finally launched its full retail operations and a print bookstore; it had previously offered Kindle ebooks since 2013.
Ricardo Lay discusses how to revitalize the book market in Brazil, such as opening new sales and distribution channels and bolstering foreign rights sales.
In Brazil this past April and May, 17.34% of all books sold were coloring books — a genre which has dominated the bestseller lists for months.
High inflation offset gains, leading to a 5.16% decline for the Brazilian book market in 2014, which totaled just US$2.03 billion.
Seeing a boom in YA book sales, Argentine publishers are now chasing global trends and marketing to a younger demographic to help boost prospects.
Argentina’s government has propped up the book business, but with this year’s election and economic stagnation, publishers remain uncertain of the future.
To educate children, Argentina’s Pequeno Editor published a biodegradable book embedded with jacaranda seeds that can literally be planted after it is read.
The strong US dollar, a struggling bookstore sector and a slowdown in government book acquisitions has pushed the Brazilian publishing sector into a crisis.
A first edition of One Hundred Years of Solitude was stolen at the Bogota Book Fair last week. Police recovered the book, but the thieves are still at large.
Nicole Witt of the Mertin Literary Agency reports on rights deals from the Buenos Aires Book Fair, where literary fiction is always a highlight.