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  • Canadian Print Book Sales Stayed Flat in 2018

    The value of print books sold in Canada totaled C$1.13 billion ($850 million) in 2018, with 54.7 million units sold, according to data released by BookNet Canada and BNC SalesData, the national sales tracking service.

  • Europe's Book Market Grew Slightly in 2017

    In 2017 the 29 member countries of the Federation of European Publishers (FEP) generated €22.2 billion ($25.3 billion) in total sales, a figure up slightly from 2016 after accounting for exchange rate effects.

  • Study Recommends Refocusing Readers on Canadian Authors

    The 180-page report shows a steep drop in both sales of books by Canadian authors and books published by Canadian-owned presses.

  • A.J. Finn is Kobo's Bestselling Author of 2018

    Rakuten Kobo's lists of the top selling e-books and audiobooks in Canada for the year was led by A.J. Finn's 'The Woman in the Window' and Mark Manson's 'The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck.'

  • Brazilian Publisher Pleads for People to Buy Books

    Luiz Schwarcz, CEO of PRH-owned Companhia das Letras in Brazil, has published a blog post on his company's website asking for people to buy and give books as gifts this holiday season. It has gone viral.

  • U.K. Book Trade Agrees to Code of Conduct

    In the U.K., groups representing agents, publishers, bookseller and authors have agreed to a 'Commitment to Professional Behaviour,' a new code of conduct intended to stamp out sexual harassment, discrimination, bullying, and intimidation.

  • U.K. Authors Lobby for Brexit Protections

    The U.K. Society of Authors has issued a "Brexit Briefing" asking for specific provisions for writers and publishers to be part in the U.K.'s Withdraw Agreement, including copyright protections, favorable export terms, access to E.U. grant funding, and the ability to work in the E.U.

  • Activist Author Takes Over at Top Mexican Publisher

    Author Pablo Ignacio Taibo II has taken over as director of Fondo de Cultura Económica, Mexico’s large state-owned publishing house. He is seen as a political radical and a controversial choice to lead the publisher

  • Esi Edugyan Wins Second Giller Prize

    The author won the C$100,000 Scotiabank Giller Prize for her novel 'Washington Black.' Edugyan previously won in 2011 for her novel Half-Blood Blues, making her the third two-time Giller winner.

  • New Thrillers Crown European Charts

    New thrillers from well-known authors topped the bestseller lists across Europe in late October.

  • PW Online and On-Air: Week of November 19, 2018

  • In South Korea, Booksellers Look for Ways to Compete

    Booksellers across South Korea have suffered slowing book sales for nearly a decade, even as the Korean goverment has begun working to combat closures.

  • PRH Acquires Brazil's Companhia das Letras

    Penguin Random House has acquired majority ownership of Brazilian trade publishing house Companhia das Letras. Penguin first invested in the company in 2012.

  • 'Plan S' Aims to Transform Scholarly Communication—Will Publishers Be Ready?

    In connection with International Open Access Week, five quick takes to help publishers navigate an ambitious European plan to require open access by 2020.

  • Historical Fiction Is Hot in Europe

    In Germany, Turning Point, the finale of Carmen Korn’s Century Trilogy, a historical series about four women in the 20th century, topped the fiction bestseller list in September, and prolific mystery novelist Charlotte Link was in second with The Search, about a missing teen.

  • Sunmark Has High International Hopes for Two Japanese Bestsellers

    The Tokyo-based house, which was the original publisher of Marie Kondo’s 'The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up', is pushing two new titles in the U.S. and abroad.

  • Europeans Approve Flexible VAT for E-books

    The European Union has voted to allow the 28 member states to adjust the value added tax (VAT) rates applied to e-books and downloadable audiobooks to align with the lower taxes on print books.

  • Edugyan, deWitt Grace Giller Prize Shortlist

    The Scotiabank Giller Prize has announced a shortlist of five titles competing for this year's C$100,000 prize for the best Canadian novel or short story published in English.

  • British and Irish Writers Condemn No-Deal Brexit

    The Society of Authors (SoA) and The Irish Writers' Union have released a joint statement warning of the impact of a no-deal Brexit on publishing and literature in the two countries.

  • BookNet Survey Finds Facebook is Favorite in Canada

    Facebook is the top social media platform used by book buyers in Canada, according to a new report on social media use by book buyers from BookNet Canada. YouTube is second.

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