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 man into getting rid of the warehouse, hiring programmers, buying software licenses and so on?”

Kulesz also points out that there is a growing and loud group of consumers in Argentina who are demanding online content. If these consumers can’t find the content they want from legitimate sources online, they download pirated versions instead.

With an established industry run by traditional thinking, like many publishing houses in Argentina, what will it take to get the book industry digitized? Will the Argentine e-book market be developed mostly by entrepreneurs with new business models, or by established companies with a lot of backlist content? And who will drive digitization in other book markets around the world?

Let us know what you think in the comments!

About the Author

Chad W. Post

Chad W. Post is the director of Open Letter Books, a press at the University of Rochester dedicated to publishing contemporary literature from around the world. In addition, he is the managing editor of Three Percent, a blog and review site that promotes literature in translation and is home to both the Translation Database and the Best Translated Book Awards. His articles and book reviews have appeared in a range of publications including The Believer, Publishing Perspectives, the Wall Street Journal culture blog, and Quarterly Conversation.