Storytel to launch in Colombia September 1 as Storytel’s Latin America strategy takes shape

It may be run from Mexico, but in a few days time Storytel will formally launch in Colombia, its second Latin America market, and one of three now planned for this year. It was back in May 2018, some fifteen months ago, that TNPS broke the news of Jonas Tellander’s Latin America ambitions. Back then Read More …

Arabic, Chinese and Nordic languages in the running for the 2nd Reading Colombia selection as publishers target the international book markets

Submissions are about to close for the second Reading Colombia, a joint project of the Ministry of Culture, the National Library and the Colombian Book Chamber. Reading Colombia 2019 will be a catalogue of carefully selected titles across fiction, non-fiction, children’s & YA and poetry, that will be up for translations funds as part of Read More …

As mainstream publishing struggles in Latin America, book fair attendance and sales continue to rise. Colombia’s Bogota IBF sets new record with sales up 10% from 605,000 visitors

Celebrating its bicentennial, Colombia this year had itself as guest of honour at the Bogota International Book Fair, and attracted 605,000 visitors, up from 575,000 last year and 550,000 in 2017. Sales are reported to be up 10% on 2018’s Bogota event. Last year 1.5 million Colombians bought 1.1 million books at national book fairs, Read More …

Libranda values global Spanish-language ebook market at minimum $84 million (75 million euros)

The latest report from ebook and audiobook distributor Libranda indicates global Spanish-language ebook sales up 10% YOY, with sales in Spain up 8% YOY in 2018. It is the ninth year in a row for rising digital sales in the Spanish-language markets, defined as Spain, Latin America and the USA. The figure for Spain, which Read More …

Colombia’s Bogota International Book Fair welcomes self-published authors

Self-publishing is alive and well across Latin America, and nowhere more so than in Colombia, where the Bogota International Book Fair (FILBo from its Spanish title Feria del Libro Bogotá) is for the second year running giving self-publishers a chance to, participate in the Book Forums and other professionalization spaces promoted and organized by FILBo. Read More …

1.5 million people attended book fairs in Colombia in 2018, buying 1.1 million books not recorded by the retail sector

It’s official from the Book Fairs Network of Colombia. One and a half million people turned out to book fairs and festivals across the country in 2018 and bought over one million books that will not show up in the national book retailer reports. The 5th meeting of la Red de Ferias del Libro de Read More …

FILVEN sees record visitor attendance. 643,000 turn out for an 11-day book fair in Venezuela

Even as EU sanctions against the Venezuelan government were renewed for a further year the 14th Venezuela International Book Fair got underway this month, and whether thanks to indifference to the problems at home, or because the event provided a distraction from the problems at home, the 14th FILVEN (Feria Internacional del Libro de Venezuela) Read More …

The Week In Review

Here’s a summary of TNPS posts from the past seven days. Big Bad Wolf shows the world’s demand for English-language titles, taking 2 million books to Taiwan this week Brazil’s São Paulo Biennial disappointed with fewer visitors (“only” 663,000) but they spent 33% more Amazon to open a Customer Service Centre in Colombia in October, Read More …

Amazon to open a Customer Service Centre in Colombia in October, but Latin American and global Kindle expansion remains on the back burner

Amazon is preparing for its second foray into Colombia, with a Customer Service Centre due to open in Bogotá in October, bringing 600 jobs to the city. According to The City Paper the new service center will provide support to Amazon customers worldwide in Spanish, English and Portuguese 24 hours a day, 7 days a Read More …

Storytel confirms Latin America ambitions. Mexico launch this year

Storytel has confirmed its plans to launch in Latin America, with Mexico  first in line. As revealed here on TNPS a month ago, Storytel has been talking with publishers across Latin America – Storytel’s Latin American ambitions. Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and Colombia for 2019? and in an unusual move for Storytel it has made a Read More …

Ten global publishing stories not to be missed. 3 May 2018 collation

The global publishing market has never been more exciting, and every day myriad publishing stories cross my screen that I’d love to develop here at TNPS, but there simply isn’t time. But if you’re reading TNPS in the first place you probably share my obsession with all things international publishing, and would no doubt enjoy Read More …

Storytel’s Latin American ambitions. Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and Colombia for 2019?

With the Storytel Spain launch in 2017 it was really just a matter of time before Jonas Tellander’s attention turned to Latin America. Now it seems that time is upon us. With Iceland and UAE launched already this year, Turkey imminent, and Italy and Bulgaria both lined up, the promised five new Storytel countries for Read More …

Kazakhstan, Colombia, Argentina, Malaysia, Dominican Republic, South Africa, UAE, Guinea Conakry and many more… Millions of book lovers are descending on global book fairs this week. And that’s nothing unusual

In Argentina today the Buenos Aries International Book Fair kicks off. It runs from April 26 through May 14, and 1.2 million visitors are expected. At the other end of the scale, a smaller but no less significant book event is underway in South Africa. The Rutanang Book Festival runs April 26-28. Although it started back Read More …

Busting the myths of the global book market. Latinos don’t read redux

When it comes to the Spanish-language market we tend to think of Spain and Mexico, possibly Argentina, and just maybe the USA. In fact the USA has more Spanish speakers than Spain, but is often overlooked by publishers and authors when assessing the prospects for Spanish-language titles. A safer bet still is that countries like Read More …

While all eyes are on the London Book Fair this week, in the thirty days either side of the LBF over 13 million people are visiting book fairs around the globe

The London Book Fair is underway, and there’s no question it’s one of the most important trade book fairs of the year. But these big trade events (the London Book Fair, the New York Book Expo, the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, the Frankfurt Book Fair, etc,) are just that – trade-focussed events where public access Read More …

Latin America’s 2018 Night of the Bookstores season off to a great start in Buenos Aires

With more bookstores per capita than any other city in on the planet, Buenos Aires is known as the bookstore capital of the world, and its annual international book fair regularly sees 1.2 million visitors. Buenos Aires also leads the Latin American Noche de las Librerías  (Night of the Bookstores) phenomenon, where once a year Read More …

In Colombia the Bogata Parque 93 Book Festival lets bookstores take centre-stage

This coming March will see the eleventh Night of the Bookstores in the world’s book capital. New York? London? Paris? Nope. Buenos Aires. Yes, the one in Argentina. As I noted back in November last year, taking a wider look at Latin America on the occasion of Uruguay’s first Night of the Bookstores in Montevideo Read More …