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  • Dundurn Rebrands, Adding New Storefront and Imprint

    Toronto's Dundurn Press has rebranded and updated its colophon to reflect a new vision for the company, as well as announcing plans to open a storefront later this year and the creation of a new imprint, Rare Machines.

  • Online Retailers Won as Market Grew in Italy in 2020

    Online and digital booksellers gained market share last year in Italy and total book sales grew 2.4%, according to the Italian Publishers Association. Small booksellers also found ways to innovate, despite challenges.

  • Australia's Booktopia Has a December to Remember

    Booktopia, the largest independent online bookseller in Australia, reported the strongest December in the company's 16-year history, shipping approximately 728,000 units during the month.

  • U.K. and Irish Book Sales Surprised in 2020

    According to Nielsen BookScan data, unit sales of print books hit 202 million in the year, 5.2% more than 2019. The total value of print books sold is estimated to be £1.76 billion, up 5.5% over 2019. Ireland saw similar growth.

  • Prize Winners Score in Europe

    As usually occurs, the winner of the Prix Goncourt, France’s top fiction prize, shot to #1 on the French fiction list after it was announced in late November.

  • European Book Sales Faltered in 2020

    Year-end book sales across Europe were slammed by Covid-19 lockdowns. Still, preliminary results in three major markets show that declines for the full year were modest.

  • Italians Read More During the Pandemic

    The results of a new survey revealed that Italians are reading more during the pandemic due in part to millions of consumers buying books online and downloading e-books for the first time.

  • Select Spanish-Language Titles: November–December 2020

    A list of Spanish-language titles from November to December.

  • Canadian-Owned Publishers Oppose PRH Buying S&S

    The Association of Canadian Publishers published a letter last week calling on the Canadian government to scrutinize the proposed merger of PRH and S&S for antitrust issues.

  • Márquez, Hernández Top 2020 Mexican Lists So Far

    Book sales in Mexico in 2020 have been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic and were down as much as 75% in April, at the start of the country’s lockdown, compared to April 2019, according to Nielsen BookScan.

  • Passion and Patience: PW Talks with German Agent Nicole Witt

    German literary agent Nicole Witt of the Mertin Literary Agency in Frankfurt, who represents many notable and emerging Latin American authors, discusses the Spanish-language rights market in 2020.

  • Prioritizing Spanish: PW talks with Scribd’s Julie MacKay

    Over the past several years, Scribd, a U.S.-based digital subscription service for e-books, audiobooks, and magazines, has aggressively expanded into international markets, with a focus on the Spanish-speaking world.

  • Fostering Bilingual Mexico-U.S. Collaboration

    Literal Publishing was launched in Houston, Tex., 17 years ago and has grown to become an influential voice in the bilingual, Spanish-English publishing scene through its literary magazine and books.

  • Launching in a Pandemic

    Wendolín Perla, founder of Perla Ediciones, talks about the challenges and rewards she faced launching an independent publishing house for translated, contemporary classics in Mexico City this August.

  • Lectorum Celebrates 60 Years

    Lectorum, the largest distributor of Spanish-language books in the U.S., is commemorating its 60th anniversary; in addition to offering 30,000 Spanish books, it now offers e-books and English titles, too.

  • Spanish Titles Still Growing at IPG

    With nearly 8,000 titles for adults and children from 40 publishers in its catalog, the Chicago-based IPG continues to see strong interest in its Spanish-language catalog in the U.S. 2019 was its best sales year yet.

  • Indigo Sees Sales Rise in Second Quarter

    A 113% spike in online sales was enough to offset declines of in-store sales leading to a 1% revenue gain in the second quarter at Indigo Books and Music.

  • Bookshop Has Strong Early U.K. Sales

    Bookshop, the online bookseller, started selling books in the U.K. on Monday and is already showing strong sales. "After shipping is accounted for, we sold £135,000 in the first 48 hours" said founder Andy Hunter.

  • Australia's Booktopia to Raise $30 million in IPO

    Booktopia, the largest Australian-owned online retailer operating in the country, has filed a prospectus for an IPO to raise AUS$43.1 million ($30 million). It hopes to begin trading on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) December 3.

  • An International View of the Frankfurt Book Fair

    A range of international book players discuss their highlights from the fair.

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