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 …

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 …