In a land of nearly 2,000 small book publishers, Myanmar’s post-junta industry is strengthening its ties to ASEAN and serving a youthful demographic.
Online retailer Elefant.ro dominates Romania’s online book and ebook sales. Now, the company has plans to expand to other regional markets.
‘To keep and develop publishers’ traditional core values and at the same time adapt as quickly as possible’ is no mean feet. And Jens Klingelhöfer says the industry can’t afford to fail.
The Portuguese translation of The Da Vinci Code launched the fortunes of Brazilian publisher Arqueiro. Tomás Pereira now sees sales down 20% from 2015.
Aiming to create ‘a bridge between Arab cultures and with the rest of the world,’ Ahmed Al Ameri talks of his leadership of Sharjah Book Authority and his goals for Sharjah Publishing City.
Accustomed to working together with booksellers on distribution, Dutch publishers, says one veteran observer, may be particularly suited to collaborative efforts in ‘renewing the book.’
Asked ahead of Frankfurt’s The Markets, Rotterdam’s Peter Paul van Bekkum says mobile, direct sales, and self-publishing are the publishing developments to watch in The Netherlands.
In her appraisal of The Philippines’ book industry challenges, Manila-based literary agent Andrea Pasion-Flores talks of the disparities of retail access to books in various parts of the country.
With economic shrinkage forecast to continue, Brazil’s publishing industry battles educational and distribution challenges: ‘We’ve had to reinvent ourselves,’ says a key player in the book business.
The impact of digital, the population’s loss of ‘cultural habits’ and challenges to the supply chain: José Manuel Anta tells us about Spain’s book market.