Sao Paulo’s Avenida Paulista bookstore closes – Fnac Brazil now has just one bookstore standing

From the moment Livraria Cultura acquired Fnac Brazil’s 12 bookstores last July (along with its e-commerce site) there was a question mark hanging over the stores – Livraria Cultura had long intimated intent to be a tech company rather than a bricks & mortar retailer, and was struggling for cash. Despite this, a joint statement Read More …

Brazil’s São Paulo Biennial disappointed with fewer visitors (“only” 663,000) but they spent 33% more

Brazil’s 25th Bienal Internacional do Livro had been expecting 700,000, but only 663,000 book-lovers turned out for the ten day event. But it was good news for sellers, with the average visitor spending R$ 161.57 (US$41.33) – representing 33% growth over the 2016 edition. Brazil’s book stores were hit by transport strikes earlier this year, Read More …

Saraiva and Livraria Cultura respond to Bookwire’s claim to have cut ebook supply for non-payment 

As reported here yesterday, the Brazilian book stores Saraiva and Livraria Cultura were supposedly seeing their ebook supply chain cut off as distributor Bookwire took action over alleged non-payment, not having seen any cash from either store this year. Germany’s Bookwire halts ebook supply to Brazil’s Saraiva and Livraria Cultura for non-payment Today both Saraiva Read More …

Germany’s Bookwire halts ebook supply to Brazil’s Saraiva and Livraria Cultura for non-payment

Frankfurt-based aggregator Bookwire has been forced to stop sending ebooks to two Brazilian ebook stores, Saraiva and Livraria Cultura. After acquiring DLD last year Bookwire became the main ebook distributor in the country for domestic publishers. Bookwire acquires DLD as the Brazil ebook market heats up Livraria Cultura is a Kobo partner store but Bookwire has Read More …

50 thousand Amazon students get access to digital books. The other Amazon, that is

In countries where, as the saying goes, “people don’t read,” it is often the “Three A’s” – Availability, Accessibility and Affordability – that are behind this apparent disinterest in books. Put simply, if the books aren’t available, aren’t accessible, and aren’t affordable, then many would-be readers will be missing out. Imagine living in Manaus, the Read More …

Brazil book sales buoyant as Justice League breaks box-office records

Justice League, the latest superhero film from Warner Bros and DC Comics, has not been the spectacular success it was hoped. At least. not in the USA. But globally it has outperformed expectations. And that’s just at the box office. Plenty more revenue streams to roll in from DVD sales of course and, this being Read More …

Amazon’s imminent Brazil expansion may be good for ebooks

With reports emerging that Amazon is finally set to gear up its Brazil plans, it seems electronic goods (high demand, high margins, easy shipping) will be the first non-books sector on the agenda, and that might just be good news for ebooks. In India, where Amazon is engaged in a major push to dominate the Read More …

Bookwire acquires DLD as the Brazil ebook market heats up

  Porter Anderson at Publishing Perspectives today breaks the news that the Germany-based digital distributor Bookwire has acquired Brazil’s Distribuidora de Livros Digitals (DLD). Anderson quotes Bookwire GmbH CEO Jens Klingelhöfer as saying, “In the ebook segment, Brazil is an immensely important market with very high digital growth rates.” Bookwire has been active in the Ibero-American ebook markets since 2013. Read More …