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On-demand book sales in Spain grow 800% in 2021

With a 30% increase in the number of publishing imprints and 250 new bookstores joining the network, the sale of printed books on POD has reached a new peak. The growth in on-demand book sales in Spain has reached 800%, leaving behind the impressive 300% that this marketing and distribution model showed during the peak of the pandemic. A record figure supported by the support of the different agents in the value chain and their gradual migration towards the integration of «on demand» strategies.

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Brazil’s Leitura Bookstore increases online sales and enters into competition with Amazon

Brazil’s Libraria Leitura increases its online sales and enters into competition with Amazon, while the country is betting on bringing adaptations of both current and century-old novels to television and cinema.

Exame magazine reported that Livraria Leitura, the country’s largest physical retail bookstore chain, is moving online and entering into competition with Amazon. The online store already accounts for about 7% of Leitura’s total sales and outsells any of the chain’s physical stores.

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Zenda-Edhasa, a new publishing imprint

Arturo Pérez-Reverte, writer and founder of Zenda, and Daniel Fernández, editor of Edhasa, president of the publisher infoLibre and new president of the Spanish Publishers Guild, presented Zenda-Edhasa this Tuesday. A new publishing imprint that will delight the most adventurous readers, with cover illustrations by Augusto Ferrer-Dalmau.

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Daniel Fernández has been unanimously elected president of the Spanish Federation of Publishers’ Guilds

Daniel Fernández has been unanimously elected as the new president of the Federation of Publishers’ Guilds of Spain (FGEE) at the Federation’s General Assembly meeting held in Madrid. Daniel Fernández becomes the successor to Patrici Tixis, who had held the position in the last year and who will continue on the board as president of the Gremi de Editors de Catalunya. 

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Patrici Tixis, re-elected president of the Spanish Federation of Publishers’ Guilds, proposes to improve reading and reading comprehension rates by 2050

The re-elected president of the Federation of Publishers’ Guilds of Spain, Patrici Tixis, took advantage of his intervention during the presentation of the Plan for the Promotion of Reading 2021-2024 designed by the Ministry of Culture to propose the improvement of reading rates and reading comprehension as one of the country’s strategic challenges defined for 2050.

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Granta Nº 23: The Best Young Spanish Narrators, 2

One of the great events in the literary world, both in English and Spanish, is the publication, every ten years, of the GRANTA list announcing the selection of the best young writers in Spanish. We spoke with Valerie Miles, editor of Granta, who tells us that this year «the pressure was very great because in English the publication was number 155».

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ContraEscritura publishing crowdfunding: freedom or slavery?

Marta Martínez, founding editor of ContraEscritura tells us why her publishing house has consolidated several popular financing, and if in the end, this has meant more of slavery than the freedom to publish the books she considers necessary.
ContraEscritura began in 2015 with a patronage idea. The publishing house was founded with 200 euros from the rights of the founder’s first poetry book. This money she reinvested in a membership system and the website.

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Alabra and CEDRO join forces to promote respect for intellectual property rights

The Alabra communication brand and CEDRO, the association that protects the intellectual property rights of authors and publishers, have just signed an agreement that aims to promote respect for copyright and the defense of intellectual property in society. Both organizations are committed to create a joint work space, with the aim of developing actions to promote the legal use of books, magazines, newspapers and scores, mainly in the communication sector.

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Nearly 3 million people attended the 16 regional book fairs held in 2021

The directors of Colombia’s book fairs have reported more than 2 million 800 thousand attendees in 118 days of activities during 2021, some in hybrid format, others in person in cities such as Bogotá, Bucaramanga, Cali, Cartagena, Cúcuta, Itagüí, Manizales, Medellín, Montería, Pereira, Popayán, San Andrés, Santa Marta, Pasto (with actions in Ipiales and Tumaco), Quibdó and Villavicencio.

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