Wikileaks Reveals U.S. Diplomats Pressured Spain to Adopt Harsh (and Unproven) Anti-Piracy Laws

In Global Trade Talk by Emily Williams

By Emily Williams The Public Knowledge blog responds to Wikileaks’ revelations that had been reported by El País, namely that Spain’s proposed piracy law that drew such vehement protests a year ago (as we at PP reported here) was likely influenced by direct pressure from the U.S. government, then under the George W. Bush administration. Though this pressure had evidently been in place …

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 …

In Spain, Two Special Alliances Form to Tackle E-Books Head On

In Spanish World Book News by Emily Williams

By Emily Williams In Spain, a pair of intriguing publishing alliances promises to bring unique digital content to Spanish readers. The first is ​​​​​​​​​​​​Unebook, a digital platform created by 62 of Spain’s university presses to digitize and sell their content.  With the help of digital distributor Publidisa , the group has created a direct-to-consumer website www.unebook.es where titles from the participating publishers …

Spain’s Prisa Group “Gets a Hand from a Homeless Billionaire”​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

In Spanish World Book News by Emily Williams

By Emily Williams We’ve written before ​about the financial troubles plaguing the Prisa Group, owner of Santillana, one of Spain’s largest publishers.  ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Economist, in its colorful way, now reports that the group has traded a big chunk of its family ownership in return for a lifeline investment from Liberty Acquisitions, an investment group whose sponsors include Nicolas Berggruen, “an art …

Follett’s Fall of Giants E-Book Outsells Print in Spain

In Global Trade Talk by Emily Williams

By Emily Williams In Spain, amid all the Amazon buzz, ​prestigious bookseller Casa del Libro announced that a small bit of e-book history had been made, as the e-book edition of Ken Follett’s The Fall of Giants outsold the print edition in the company’s online store. The caveat is that online book sales in Spain are still tiny compared with in-store purchases, …

The Beginning of Amazon en Español?

In Global Trade Talk by Emily Williams

By Emily Williams On Friday, the last day of Spain’s LIBER book fair, a rumor emerged on finance website Cinco Días that set the halls abuzzing: internet giant Amazon was finally preparing to enter the Spanish market through the acquisition of BuyVIP.com, an ecommerce company based in Madrid, with operations in Spain, Germany, Austria, Italy, Portugal, Poland and the Netherlands. (To …

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 …

Spain’s Telefónica Moves into Social Networking, Buys Tuenti

In Global Trade Talk by Emily Williams

By Emily Williams Spanish telecom giant Telefónica, which took its first steps into the ebook market a month ago (as we reported here), last week laid down $70 million to acquire a 90% interest in Tuenti, Spain’s biggest homegrown social networking site. Tuenti has 8 million users and is especially popular among the young 14-20 age group. The move injects needed …

Spanish E-books Go Mobile with Telecom Giant Telefónica

In Global Trade Talk by Emily Williams

By Emily Williams Spanish telecom giant Telefónica and the Spanish Association of Publishers’ Guilds shook hands on a deal that allows the publishers to avail themselves of Telefónica’s technical expertise. The press release implies help with digitizing content (with a strong emphasis on standards that suggests adherence to the epub format), as well as access to Telefónica’s customer base through …