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 …

Argentina: A Nation of Offbeat Writers, Exquisite Publishers

In English Language by Emily Williams

• This year’s Guest of Honor at the Frankfurt Book Fair as seen through the eyes of one of its top literary editors • Photo: Argentina Guest of Honour presentation at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2010 By Alejandra Rodríguez Ballester (translated from the Spanish by Emily Williams) “If there is one writer that readers outside of Argentina shouldn’t miss, it’s …

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 …

Avalon en Español: iPad Brings Digital Revolution to Biblio-diverse Latin America

In Editorial & Opinion by Guest Contributor

• Today’s launch of the iPad across South America should spark a “digital revolution” and significantly shift the Latin American publishing landscape. By Xpectro (Pablo Francisco Arrieta) BOGOTA: South America is a green continent. We have lots of areas covered by green forests, fertile lands for agriculture, mountains, flowers, thousands of different animals and insects. One of the most precious …

Has the iPad Lived Up to Its Hype?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story considers the introduction of the iPad to Latin America. Apple’s device has been largely viewed as a revolutionary product, one that has brought tablet computing to the mainstream. We’ve now been living with the iPad for some six months now and discussion of the potential of the device is ongoing. Has it, in your …

China, Latin America Getting iPads Tomorrow

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Tomorrow’s the day that China, as well as Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru, will be getting the iPad. The devices go on sale at midnight and it will be interesting to see just how many of these relatively pricey devices move in the first few days in their respective markets. There’s no word yet on whether …

Do Publishing Stunts Sell Books?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story looks at how Chilean artist collective Casagrande, along with Literaturwerkstatt Berlin, dropped 100,000 poems over Berlin as a protest against war and a statement in favor of forgiveness. This was a case of “literature as protest,” but more often than not, publishing stunts are being used to promote specific titles. Yesterday came the news …

Chilean Artists Bomb Berlin with 100,000 Poems

In Growth Markets by Siobhan O'Leary

• On Saturday, Chilean artist collective Casagrande, along with Literaturwerkstatt Berlin, dropped 100,000 poems over Berlin as a protest against war. • This is the fifth instance of the “Poetry Rain” project, which has also taken place in four other cities that were subject to intense aerial bombings during their history. By Siobhan O’Leary BERLIN: Last Saturday night, just as the …

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 …