Spanish Content: The Next Frontier in the Digital Race

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• Spanish is the third most-spoken language on the planet, after English and Chinese, and the international digital battleground for Spanish-language e-book publishing is just heating up. • Several projects — most notably, Libranda — have launched in the past year and are making progress in finally supplying this large, hungry market with digital content. By Javier Celaya To date, …

How I Accidentally Became a Book Scout

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• Todd Sattersten, a business book author became a scout by accident: a Twitter exchange led to a relationship with Spain’s Grupo Planeta. • Now preparing for his first Frankfurt Book Fair, he describes his journey into this mysterious profession and offers tips on selling books abroad. By Todd Sattersten “Really?” That’s what most people say when I tell them I …

Spain’s Telefónica Moves into Social Networking, Buys Tuenti

In Global Trade Talk by Emily Williams

By Emily Williams Spanish telecom giant Telefónica, which took its first steps into the ebook market a month ago (as we reported here), last week laid down $70 million to acquire a 90% interest in Tuenti, Spain’s biggest homegrown social networking site. Tuenti has 8 million users and is especially popular among the young 14-20 age group. The move injects needed …

Spanish E-books Go Mobile with Telecom Giant Telefónica

In Global Trade Talk by Emily Williams

By Emily Williams Spanish telecom giant Telefónica and the Spanish Association of Publishers’ Guilds shook hands on a deal that allows the publishers to avail themselves of Telefónica’s technical expertise. The press release implies help with digitizing content (with a strong emphasis on standards that suggests adherence to the epub format), as well as access to Telefónica’s customer base through …

Full Details of Spain’s Libranda E-book Platform Launch

In Global Trade Talk by Emily Williams

By Emily Williams Libranda – It’s Official! The official unveiling of Libranda, the digital distributor set up by Spain’s leading publishers, took place yesterday in Madrid. Most of the information presented confirmed reports leaked last month (and covered by us here), but the press conference today did fill in a number of details: – Libranda launches in beta on July …

Abalúlibros Aspires to Become the Spanish Amazon for Books

In Growth Markets by Emily Williams

By Emily Williams MADRID: Online bookselling in Spain is still a nascent business, with less than robust offerings from the large bricks and mortar stores Casa del Libro, FNAC and Corte Ingles, but things are finally starting to change. Yesterday marked the announcement of Abalúlibros, a new online book portal that will launch in Spain in October. Ten book industry …

No Spain, No Brazil: Where Else is Amazon Missing Out?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story describes the launch of a new online bookstore in Spain that aims to become the equivalent of Amazon.com Amazon runs their own branded stores in the US (natch), UK, Canada, Japan, Germany, France and China (under the name Joyo.com). And though they don’t have a store in Spain, they do offer plenty of Spanish-language …

The Arte Público Alternative: How One Small Press Tackles Foreign Sales and Distribution

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In the lead up to next week’s BookExpo America, where Spain is the focus of the Global Market Forum, we offer a look at how one bilingual Spanish-English publisher makes the most out of cross-border collaboration. By Dr. Nicolás Kanellos HOUSTON: As the director of non-profit Arte Público Press (APP), a program of the University of Houston that focuses on publishing …

French Publishers Launch E-book Distribution Platform

In Global Trade Talk by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson The Bookseller reported today that France’s largest publishers will launch a joint e-book distribution platform in mid-June, with full operation of the system expected in September of this year. Publishers involved in the venture include Eden Books (Flammarion, Gallimard, La Martiniere/Le Seuil), Eplateforme (Editis, Média Participations, Michelin) and Numilog (Hachette Book Group). Distributor Epagine is also involved. …