About the Author

Emily Williams

Emily Williams as Manager of International Digital Content at Barnes & Noble.com. Before that, she worked as digital content producer for Publishers Marketplace, contributor to Digital Book World and Publishing Perspectives, and also held a senior scout position with Maria B. Campbell & Associates.

Argentina: A Nation of Offbeat Writers, Exquisite Publishers

In English Language by Emily Williams

• This year’s Guest of Honor at the Frankfurt Book Fair as seen through the eyes of one of its top literary editors • Photo: Argentina Guest of Honour presentation at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2010 By Alejandra Rodríguez Ballester (translated from the Spanish by Emily Williams) “If there is one writer that readers outside of Argentina shouldn’t miss, it’s …

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 …

Heros, Gundas: India’s Resurgent Paperback Pulp

In Global Trade Talk by Emily Williams

By Emily Williams Much like our story from earlier this year discussing the popularity of Mills and Boon in India, The Washington Post has a fascinating glimpse into India’s fast-growing publishing industry through a look at the resurgence of old pulp fiction paperback novels including “campy vampire serials, supernatural thrillers, and a slew of Hindi crime novels featuring fast-talking detectives, …

Italian E-books: Agent Roberto Santachiara Deems 25% Royalty Too Low

In Global Trade Talk by Emily Williams

By Emily Williams Andrew Wylie isn’t the only agent rebelling on the e-book front. La Repubblica has an interview with big Italian agent Roberto Santachiara (who represents Italian bestsellers Roberto Saviano and Carlo Lucarelli and acts as the Italian co-agent for such English-language heavyweights as Stephen King, Thomas Pynchon, James Ellroy, and Ian McEwan) in which he explains why he …

Japanese E-book Moves: Multiple Collaborative Platforms Planned

In Global Trade Talk by Emily Williams

By Emily Williams Japan’s e-book market, which has been strong on the manga side and for user-created content but nearly non-existent when it comes to traditional prose books, looks like it’s preparing to expand. Last week saw the announcement of a new e-book platform under development from NTT DOCOMO, the country’s largest mobile operator, and Dai Nippon Printing, a large printing company …

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 …

Whatever Happened to US Spanish-language Publishing?

In Global Trade Talk by Emily Williams

This article originally appeared in our printed BEA Show Daily, which you can read in its entirety here. By Emily Williams With Spain as the Global Market Focus this year, we thought it worthwhile to look at the existing market for Spanish-language books in the US. The Hispanic book buying market is estimated at about $1 billion, of which 30-35% …

US Librarians Turn to Guadalajara, E-books to Meet Demand for Spanish Language Readers

In Growth Markets by Emily Williams

By Emily Williams In the small boom in Spanish-language publishing over the past decade, even as big publishers and major chain bookstores worked to ramp up their offerings for Spanish readers, libraries have played an irreplaceable role in serving the needs of Spanish-speaking communities around the country and in connecting readers to the right books. As part of our look into …