Colombia is still ‘a young country’ in literacy. The Bogotá Book Fair is helping to change that, says Colombia’s publishing association chief.
Attracting more than four times the anticipated participants, Bogotá Book Fair’s first rights center draws buyers and sellers from Portugal, Spain, Japan, Canada, Australia, Chile and Argentina.
La Lectora Futura is a web-based project designed to bring together book lovers and pros around literature from Spain, Mexico, Colombia and Argentina.
An alliance of Spanish-language publishers has launched Bibliomanager, a print-on-demand platform to deliver books locally, cutting production and distribution costs.
A first edition of One Hundred Years of Solitude was stolen at the Bogota Book Fair last week. Police recovered the book, but the thieves are still at large.
For the first time, Facebook’s Internet.org app has bundled free ebooks with its services, starting in Colombia with 24symbols.
Global Spanish-language ebook retailers are racing to capture Latin American readers and bolster ebook sales before Amazon makes a big push into the region.
Colombia’s El Libro Total, a free multimedia online library of more than 45,000 titles, is now expanding into mobile and print editions.
New research, particularly in South America, is looking at how the publishing and copyright-holding industries can be seen as national wealth generators.
‘We are not trying to just sell a title, a paper brick: we want to offer our readers a piece of heritage,’ says Felipe González of independent Colombian publisher Laguna Libros.