Ebooks sales up 21% in Mexico as print sales slump

With Mexico’s biggest book fair, FIL Guadalajara, well under way, news comes that ebook sales are up and print down. The revelation came at a press conference at which the National Chamber of the Mexican Publishing Industry, CANIEM, announced full 2017 figures and 2018 estimates for book production and sales. CANIEM President Carlos Anaya Rosique 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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …