International E-Book Trio Launches Digital Minds Network

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka A trio of e-book leaders from growth markets — Ramy Habeeb of Kotobarabia (Egypt), Octavio Kulesz of Editorial Teseo (Argentina) and Arthur Attwell of Electric Book Works (South Africa) — have launched the Digital Minds Network, a consultancy specializing in “identifying trends and best practice in emerging markets.” (Which is something we like to think we do …

Building the World’s Biggest Book Club

In English Language by Guest Contributor

By Kathy L. Patrick JEFFERSON, TEXAS: They say everything is bigger in Texas…and it’s true. When I opened Beauty and the Book in January 2000 — the ONLY hair salon/book store in the world — in January 2000, one of the first things I did was start my book club, The Pulpwood Queens of East Texas. We started with six complete strangers …

Alarcón’s Expose of Book Piracy in Peru

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In the latest issue of Granta (just published and available for purchase) novelist and journalist Daniel Alarcón looks at the phenomenon of book piracy in Peru and finds it thriving. While that revelation in and of itself might not be much of a surprise, the extent to which it exists is: “…Peru’s problem is both unique and …

Brazil’s Ten Most Talked About Titles of 2009

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Ricardo Costa Last year was a great year in Brazilian publishing, which made it all the more difficult to identify the best books of 2009. I’m sure there will be a great deal of disagreement with my choices, but these are the ones I think you should read. I would have loved to include more than ten titles in …

Will E-books Catch on Faster in the BRIC Countries than the US or Europe?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story describes the launch of Gato Sabido, Brazil’s first e-bookstore. And in addition, news has been coming fast and furious in recent months about the launches or impending launches of e-bookstores across the BRIC countries (Brazil, China, India, Russia). But the question remains to just what extent readers in those countries are willing to embrace …

Brazil's First E-bookstore Opens for Business

In Growth Markets by Guest Contributor

By Ricardo Costa RIO DE JANIERO: On December 15, Brazil’s first e-bookstore — Gato Sabido (Smart Cat) — opened for business, offering approximately 400 titles in Portuguese. “The Gato Sabido is going to work on every step of the e-book process, from conversion to sales,” says Carlos Eduardo Ernanny, company founder and CEO. The new company plans to offer 30,000 …

Buenos Aires Invites You to Read in the Streets

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Everyone knows that Buenos Aires is a good—no, great, book town—and has some 350 bookstore, or one for every 6,000 residents. What’s even better is that for one night a year the city hosts an annual Noche de las Librerias—Bookstore Night. Corrientes Avenue in the center of town is closed down for six hours, chairs and sofas …

Omniprom Report on the Mexican Book Industry

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

Marcelino Elosua, President of LID Editorial Empresarial, directed and published a report on the Mexican Publishing Industry released during the recent Guadalajara International Book Fair. The report focused on trends in publishing, distribution, book selling, and reading. While 229 publishers are active in Mexico, only 12 are considered large publishers with more than 200 million pesos (US$15.7 million) in sales …

Report from Guadalajara’s FIL: “We’re Living in One of History’s Hinge Moments”

In Digital by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka GUADALAJARA: The annual Feria Internacional del Libro (FIL)—otherwise known as the Guadalajara International Book Fair—finished up last week. Considered by many to be among the most enjoyable of all international book fairs, FIL also featured some provocative deep-thinking about the future of the publishing industry in the Americas. Publishing Perspectives spoke with John W. Warren, Director of …

A First Timer’s Take on Guadalajara

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Lesley Téllez I’m a freelance writer based in Mexico City, and I booked my first trip to the FIL—the Guadalajara International Book Fair—this year after a few friends gushed about how cool it was (read more about the fair in our lead article); plus, Los Angeles was the featured city. I grew up about 35 miles east of L.A. and still have family …