São Paulo Book Biennial Begins This Week

In Global Trade Talk by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson The International Book Biennial in São Paulo, Brazil begins this Thursday. The Biennial is organized by the Brazilian Book Chamber in partnership with Reed Exhibitions Alcantara Machado. The organizers of this ten-day book fair (August 12-21) predict over 700,000 visitors. With only one exclusively professional day on August 12, most of these visitors are from the general …

Is Entrepreneurship the Future of Argentinean Publishing?

In Discussion by Chad W. Post

By Chad Post In our lead story today, Octavio Kulesz writes about the Argentinean book market and the reasons why digitization has been slow to reach this market. “Let’s first think of the typical family business, run by a senior publisher who is helped by his sons and even by his grandsons. Who will be able to talk the old …

The Forthcoming Argentinean E-book Market

In Growth Markets by Guest Contributor

• At this time, very few people in Argentina own e-readers, and suppliers have yet to develop a formal electronic market. • Success in the e-book market is most likely to come from new companies with business models that are distinct from their U.S. and European counterparts. By Octavio Kulesz The Argentinean publishing sector experienced an impressive boost in the …

A Look at Mexico City’s Book Kiosks

In Global Trade Talk by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary There are plenty of cities in the world where book kiosks rule the sidewalks but on a recent trip to Mexico City, I saw something I hadn’t seen before: sidewalk book kiosks specializing in specific book categories (even professional books). Among the many book kiosks on the Paseo de la Reforma, for example, there is even a …

Brazil as Guest of Honor at Frankfurt 2013

In German Buch News by Helen Gregg

By Helen Gregg The Frankfurt Book Fair announced today that Brazil will be the fair’s Guest of Honor in 2013. The Frankfurt Book Fair, the largest publishing trade show in the world, selects a Guest of Honor for each year’s fair to bring worldwide attention to publishing in that country. About the selection, Juergen Boos, Director of the Frankfurt Book …

Germany is Guest of Honor at Guadalajara 2011

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Anyone who has followed our news coverage knows that we think overseas publishers would do well by taking a longer look at the central and Latin American markets. One of the key gateways into the southern hemisphere of the Americas is the annual Guadalajara Book Fair, one of the best — or at least, most enjoyable –book …

Should Publishers Consider a Return to Door-to-door Sales?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Publishers seem to know precious little about their customers. But as discussed in our lead story today, there is one way to get to know them: meet them face to face. It’s labor intensive, has low returns, but done in a limited fashion might offer dividends in the long run. And, it’s not as outrageous as an …

The Arte Público Alternative: How One Small Press Tackles Foreign Sales and Distribution

In Digital by Guest Contributor

In the lead up to next week’s BookExpo America, where Spain is the focus of the Global Market Forum, we offer a look at how one bilingual Spanish-English publisher makes the most out of cross-border collaboration. By Dr. Nicolás Kanellos HOUSTON: As the director of non-profit Arte Público Press (APP), a program of the University of Houston that focuses on publishing …