Feria del Libro en Español de Los Angeles promoted Spanish books and culture in a wildly popular celebration, drawing 67,000 visitors and 180 authors.
At the Buenos Aires Book Fair, Zona Futuro showcased alternate, interdisciplinary and experimental projects — publishing of the future.
Planeta has bought a majority share in respected mid-sized independent Spanish publisher Tusquets, further expanding the influence of the Spanish juggernaut.
As Spain’s economic crisis deepens, the launch of two series at BABF is an important milestone for Spanish-language publishing in the Americas.
The Bogotá International Book Fair was a high-energy affair, which featured Brazil as guest of honor. It attracted 415,000 visitors and generated $20m in sales.
A Buenos Aires Book Fair survey names ‘the 50 publishing professionals whose actions have had the strongest impact on their colleagues over the last years.’
The inaugural Tools of Change Latin America in Buenos Aires offered insights into metadata, e-book formats, and e-tailing, but missed participants from Spain.
Armed with an $1,100 subsidy from the National Committee for Popular Libraries, some 2,000 librarians spent $2.2 million in books at the Buenos Aires Book Fair.
The trade in rights at the Buenos Aires Book Fair is growing and is now being supported by a new web site, Books in Argentina, aimed at increasing transactions.
The 2011 stats for Spanish print publishing are down dramatically almost across the board, but Madrid is still anticipating a huge new bookstore in September.