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 …

The Week In Review

Here’s a summary of TNPS posts from the past seven days. UK’s Bradford Lit Fest and USA’s Washington National Book Fest see record attendance Sharjah Publishing City sponsors Nigerian literature award Ireland: “A buoyant time for publishing.  One of today’s most vibrant book markets.” Sweden-based Arabic-language audiobook firm Kitab Sawti attracts new investment Peru exempts 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 …

FIL Lima clocks 565,000 visitors. Peru’s biggest cultural event is a book fair. Again

I’m still waiting on the sales and revenue numbers, but the last day of the 23rd Lima International Book Fair yesterday confirmed books are still the nation’s joy. Last year FIL Lima (Feria Internacional del Libro de Lima) clocked 547,000 visitors and sold 190,000 books to the value of $5.5 million. This year all we 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 …