Could Door-to-door Book Sales Be Revived in the US?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story looks at the success of door-to-door book sales in Brazil. It wasn’t that long ago when it wasn’t uncommon to see an encyclopedia salesperson walking the streets of your neighborhood going door-to-door with his or her sample case. Of course, that sales channel has disappeared in the US . . . whether whether this is …

“The Kids Get It, Even If You Don’t”: Transmedia Storytelling in the Classroom

In Editorial & Opinion by Guest Contributor

Editorial by Ian Harper MINNEAPOLIS: The National Education Technology Plan in the US has prescribed a wholesale technological transformation for education. Yet, adults — parents and teachers alike — often fear what’s “out there” on the Internet, whether “they” are bullies, predatory stalkers or pornography. This has made educators reluctant to embrace sharing technologies in the classroom. As a result, open …

Can Latin American Publishers Compete with Spain’s Big Three?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward  Nawotka In today’s lead article, Joaquín Díez-Candedo Flores, Director General of Mexican publishing house Fondo De Cultura Económica, spoke about a “cultural trade imbalance” between the US and Latin America. But an even stronger cultural trade imbalance exists between Spain and Latin America. The Spanish “Big Three” — Planeta, Random House Mondadori, and Santillana — dominate much of …

Anagrama’s Premio Herralde Goes to Colombian Writer Antonio Ungar

In Spanish World Book News by Emily Williams

By Emily Williams Publisher Anagrama announced this week that the 2010 winner of the house’s prestigious Herralde Novel Prize (worth €18,000) is Colombian writer Antonio Ungar for his novel Tres ataúdes blancos, or Three White Coffins.  The novel is set in the fictional Latin American country of Miranda, where by mistake the protagonist is installed as leader of the political opposition.   Ungar, …

TYPA’s Gabriela Adamo Talks Argentine Lit at Home and Abroad

In Global Trade Talk by Emily Williams

By Matías Fernández (translated from the Spanish by Emily Williams) Gabriela Adamo worked for a number of years as a literary editor for the celebrated imprint Sudamericana, now part of Random House Mondadori. When she left her editing post, she started off the new millennium working with TYPA, a non-profit institution that specializes in connecting Argentinian writers with editors abroad. …

Will Ardor for E-books Diminish as They Become Commonplace?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story looks at Argentina’s e-book market. One of the arguments of the piece, is that e-books are seen as “sexy,” all the more so because of the relative scarcity of e-books and e-readers in the country. E-books are having their moment in the spotlight a look to be this year’s big holiday gift. But once …

In Argentina, E-books Are Sexy! (But You Can’t Find Them Anywhere)

In Editorial & Opinion by Guest Contributor

• Publishers and readers across Argentina are talking about e-books — and their relative scarcity • Digital entrepreneurs are hard at work, but the market has a great deal of ground to make up before it catches America or Europe. By Julieta Lionetti BUENOS AIRES: Buenos Aires has a coffee-shop culture similar to that of Vienna or Paris, making it easy to stumble upon people …