Will the last Fnac Brasil bookstore employee please turn out the lights

Those who have been following the inexorable elimination of the Fnac Brasil bookstores by new parent Livraria Cultura – Sao Paulo’s Avenida Paulista bookstore closes – Fnac Brazil now has just one bookstore standing – will be disturbed, but not surprised, to learn the final Fnac bookstore in Brazil closed its doors this week. The Read More …

Millions head for Latin American book fairs in the shadow of Frankfurt

Frankfurt is well-known as the world’s biggest trade fair for books, and rightly grabs all the media attention during its short course, but meanwhile the rest of the world carries on with its own literary frenzy of book fairs and festivals, all year around, often unnoticed and unremarked. Come the new year I’m going to Read More …

Mexico’s 18th FIL Zócalo readies for October 12 kick off with a Caribbean focus

Letters of the Caribbean will be guest of honour at the 18th FIL Zócalo, which promises to be one of the biggest of the countless Caribbean-focussed book events this year. Combined with FIL Zócalo will be the 7th International Poetry Festival of Mexico City (October 18-20), the 3rd International Seminar “Cultural rights and peace in Read More …

Brazil’s PublishNews launches Spanish edition to coincide with LIBER Barcelona

If you need to know what’s happening in Brazil’s publishing industry, PublishNews is the place to go. A daily briefing of the top stories in Brazilian publishing, in my inbox every day. What more could a global-publishing obsessive want? Well, since you ask, a similar daily bulletin for the other global markets of the world. Read More …

Despite Fnac Brasil store closures, Brazil’s book retail shows annual growth of 9.33%. But there’s much more to the Brazil book market than just Nielsen-tracked retail

The latest monthly book sales report from Nielsen and SNEL (National Syndicat of Book Publishers) shows 5.37% growth in retail sales between August 13, with annual growth of 9.33%. The assessment, comprising reported figures from bookstores, supermarkets and self-service stores gives revenues of R $ 137.5 million ($35 million). This 5.37% revenue increase is matched Read More …

Many biennials within one. Brazil’s Rio Biennial 2019 dates set, and a new approach to try hold on to those record visitor numbers

Brazil’s publishers and retailers may be struggling, but the ever-growing attendance at Brazil’s book fairs shows the disaffection is with the system, not books. In 2017 the Rio Biennial, which alternates with Sao Paulo to be the nation’s national book fair, drew a record-breaking crowd of 640,000 eager booklovers. Today the dates for the 19th Read More …

As the National Library of Paraguay gets a new Director, Paraguay’s publishing future is digital

Wilma Garcete took over as the Director of the National Library of Paraguay this week. There’s not much information about the appointment other than it was made by the country’s Culture Minister, Rubén Capdevila, and other than as a new appointment the event itself is not especially newsworthy outside Paraguay. I mention it here because Read More …

The Week In Review

Here’s a summary of TNPS posts from the past seven days. Sao Paulo’s Avenida Paulista bookstore closes – Fnac Brazil now has just one bookstore standing Setswana? Indonesian? Can you tell the difference? Nor can Microsoft A mermaid wearing a bra among the books banned in Kuwait, but protests are gathering momentum Big Bad Wolf Read More …

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 …

Uruguay’s Montevideo International Book Fair countdown begins. Ecuador guest of honour

When it comes to the global book markets, book fairs are often a better barometer of interest in books than book sales as reported by retailers. Vast numbers of books are sold at book fairs and festivals that are untracked by the retail stats counters and go largely unremarked on the Anglophone publishing circuit, where Read More …

Ecuador’s FIL Guayaquil is underway. One more reminder that Latinos do read, given the chance

The 200th anniversary of Frankenstein and the 75th anniversary of The Little Prince are being celebrated at the 4th Guayaquil International Book Fair in Ecuador, which ends its five day run on Sunday (Sept 5-9). It’s just one of countless book fairs and festivals across Latin America that pass unnoticed by the outside world but Read More …

Peru exempts books from VAT for another year

With the current tax-exemption on books set to expire on October 11, Peru’s Congress this week provided publishers with a twelve month reprieve, extending the VAT exemption of domestic and imported books for one more year. The exemption is a short-term measure meant to hold the status quo while the government completes its planned review Read More …

The Week In Review

Here’s a summary of TNPS posts from the past seven days. Book reading down slightly in New Zealand. More than half read NZ authors Storytel Brazil 2019 launch whispers grows louder Spanish book market valued at minimum $2.7 billion. Paperback and ebook sales both rising Côte d’Ivoire: francophone Africa publishing insights Is Amazon preparing a Read More …

Oceanos Portuguese Language Literature Awards semi-finalists announced – from Brazil, Portugal, Mozambique and Cape Verde

The Oceanos 2018  Portuguese Language Literature Awards semi-finalists were announced this past week, but it’s not a full representation of the Portuguese-speaking world, with semi-finalist only from from Brazil, Portugal, Mozambique and Cape Verde. The Oceanos  finalists will be announced late October, but the semi-finalist line up. for the first time since the award launched in Read More …

Storytel Brazil 2019 launch whispers grows louder

It’s only a whisper right now, but the TNPS prediction back in May that Storytel has Brazil in its sights for 2019 now has a little more substance. Back in May TNPS was the first English-language industry journal to break the news that Storytel had been in talks with Brazilian publishers, along with those in 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 …

Panama International Book Fair tops 100,000 visitors at half-way mark

Little noticed outside Central America, the Panama International Book Fair is on its penultimate day, running August 14-19. With a population of just 4 million one might expect the Panama book fair to be a low key affair attracting a handful of visitors, but typically 100,000 will turn out for these fairs, and this year 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 …

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 …

Ten global publishing stories not to be missed – 12 August 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. They do make the TNPS twitter feed. Follow TNPS on twitter here: @thenewpubstd. But twitter is an ephemeral beast. Blink and you miss it. Still, Read More …