Could Door-to-door Book Sales Be Revived in the US?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story looks at the success of door-to-door book sales in Brazil. It wasn’t that long ago when it wasn’t uncommon to see an encyclopedia salesperson walking the streets of your neighborhood going door-to-door with his or her sample case. Of course, that sales channel has disappeared in the US . . . whether whether this is …

Building an Audience (and a Case) for Translations

In Guest Contributors by Chad W. Post

• The commonly accepted wisdom in the United States says that translations cost more to produce, and that they don’t sell well. • Chad Post argues that publishers should focus on finding and developing readers for international literature rather than on fixing supply-side factors like translation costs. Editorial by Chad Post “What we need is a great translated beach book. …