How To Get Published When You’re Not a Cliche

In Guest Contributors by Guest Contributor

David Unger is the US rep for the Guadalajara International Book Fair. Born Guatemala, he lives in New York, writes in English, but is more widely published in Spanish. By David Unger NEW YORK CITY: I am the US rep for the Guadalajara International Book Fair so I know more than I need to know about the schizoid business of …

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 …

Do Contemporary Asian Writers Suffer a Lack of Prestige in the West?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Recently, a publisher told me at the Guadalajara Book Fair that Spanish-language writers suffer a lack of prestige when compared with German, French and English-speaking writers. It was, said the publisher, a consequence of history. Does the same hold true for Asian writers? For example, when you look at the number of writers from the East who have …

Is Digital Spanish-language Content a Missed Opportunity for the Americans?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story discusses the burgeoning Spanish-language market for digital content. During BookExpo America earlier this year, we offered several articles discussing the state of Spanish-language publishing in North America, where the Hispanic book buying market is estimated at about $1 billion, of which 30-35% of those sales are in Spanish-language books. At the time, we wondered “Whatever …

Avalon en Español: iPad Brings Digital Revolution to Biblio-diverse Latin America

In Guest Contributors by Guest Contributor

• Today’s launch of the iPad across South America should spark a “digital revolution” and significantly shift the Latin American publishing landscape. By Xpectro (Pablo Francisco Arrieta) BOGOTA: South America is a green continent. We have lots of areas covered by green forests, fertile lands for agriculture, mountains, flowers, thousands of different animals and insects. One of the most precious …

Omniprom Report on the Mexican Book Industry

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

Marcelino Elosua, President of LID Editorial Empresarial, directed and published a report on the Mexican Publishing Industry released during the recent Guadalajara International Book Fair. The report focused on trends in publishing, distribution, book selling, and reading. While 229 publishers are active in Mexico, only 12 are considered large publishers with more than 200 million pesos (US$15.7 million) in sales …

Global Trade Talk, Spain: Proposed Piracy Law Draws Proests; Tusquets’ Prize for Emerging Writers; Marcial Pons and Gadir Honored by Government

In Global Trade Talk by Emily Williams

By Emily Williams The Spanish Ministry of Culture approved a new law that would allow the ministry to order the closure without judicial review of websites suspected of piracy. The move follows three years of fruitless negotiations between content creators and internet service providers, and is designed to target not individual internet users but the peer to peer (P2P) sites that …