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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

São Paulo International Book Biennial sells 100,000 tickets in advance. Sharjah guest of honour

1,500 hours of activities are lined up for the 25th edition of the São Paulo International Book Biennial next month (August 3-12), up from 1,300 hours in 2016, and with a budget of R$ 32 million (US $8 million) the event is shaping up to break records on all fronts. In 2016 the Biennial drew 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 …