Brazil’s E-book Market One Year On: Still Crawling

In Growth Markets by Maria Fernanda Rodrigues

Today’s feature story is the first of a collaboration between PublishNews.com.br and Publishing Perspectives to provide news about the growing Brazilian publishing industry in English. Visit our newly launched site, PublishNewsBrazil.com, to read more and subscribe to the email newsletter. By Maria Fernanda Rodrigues This time last year, Brazil had just one e-bookstore –- Gato Sabido –- which offered a …

In Europe E-books are Approached with “Concern, Not Hysteria,” says Italy’s Mussinelli

In Europe by Daniel Kalder

By Daniel Kalder MILAN: “The problem in Italy and in Europe in general, is that data on e-books is scarce, says Cristina Mussinelli, a digital publishing consultant for the Italian Publishers Association and European member of the IDPF board. “There is no central entity collecting information in an organized way, and the ways in which different countries collect data may not …

France’s Feedbooks: Three Million E-books Served Monthly

In Europe, Resources by Olivia Snaije

Olivia Snaije PARIS: Though just 27 years old, Hadrien Gardeur is a veteran of the war to win e-book readers. Gardeur co-founded his company Feedbooks -– a cloud publishing and distribution service for e-books -– during the summer of 2007 when he was in his last year of computer science engineering school. Three and a half years later, Feedbooks distributes …

Beautiful Books, Great Hair: The Unlikely Publishing Career of Simon Petherick

In Europe by Roger Tagholm

By Roger Tagholm LONDON: With a fierce mane, a fondness for striped socks and the ruddy complexion of an outdoorsman, 51-year-old Simon Petherick — the MD of Beautiful Books — cuts a striking figure. Increasingly, his books are getting noticed too, a testament to his outgoing nature and openness to new ideas. Founded in 2006, to publish titles that are “off …

Publishing Intel from RAND Corporation

In Digital by Daniel Kalder

By Daniel Kalder SANTA MONICA: For over 60 years now the RAND Corporation has carried out research and analysis for governments, organizations, and institutions around the world. Famously, it was the work of Dr. Herman Kahn — a RAND employee –- that provided the seed for the military doctrine of Mutually Assured Destruction (Kahn was lampooned by Peter Sellers in …

Future-proofing Your Publishing Business: F+W Media President Sara Domville on Developing Vertical Communities

In English Language, Resources by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka “The old publishing model of creating a product and then hoping it sells is clearly not working,” says Sara Domville, President of F+W Media, Inc. “The beauty of verticals is that it gives you an opportunity to create a relationship with those communities you’re selling to – you learn from them and then create a product that …

End of Year Sales Bode Well for German E-book Market

In Europe by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary German book chain Thalia reported its highest sales to date for its Oyo Reader in December, according to buchreport. The device — which reached stores in November — was one of Thalia’s top 5 bestselling products and, perhaps surprisingly, most of them were sold in-store rather than online. Thalia witnessed a corresponding increase in e-book sales, with figures …

Sens Critique: Social Book and Culture Reviews, the French Way

In Europe by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije PARIS: “It’s all about de-materialization,” says Clément Apap, co-founder of Sens Critique (Critical Sense), a new virtual library for books, films, TV series, graphic novels and music –- which launched in December and has already attracted 85,000 users. Users can join Sens Critique for free or simply adopt the site as something akin to a cultural magazine. …

Back to the Future: In Brazil, Door-to-door Book Sales are Booming

In Growth Markets by Ricardo Costa

By Ricardo Costa and Maria Fernanda, PublishNews Imagine a single country spreading across 50% of South America. A country with 27 states where there are 190 million people living in different conditions. Some of them are very poor while others are far too rich. This is Brazil. And a nation with such enormous magnitude offers serious opportunities -– the book …

Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Urdu…Who Knew?: Words Without Borders’ Surprise Hit

In Growth Markets by Chip Rossetti

By Chip Rossetti Last fall marked the release of Tablet & Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East, an anthology of modern Middle Eastern literature in translation that has had a surprising success in the American market. Tablet & Pen represents a fruitful collaboration between the literature-in-translation online magazine Words Without Borders and anthology editor Reza Aslan, author of …