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  • Korea's Naver Completes Wattpad Acquisition

    Naver, Korea's leading internet platform, has completed its acquisition of Wattpad for more than $600 million in cash and stock. Wattpad will remain headquartered in Toronto, where it plans to add 100 staffers over the next year.

  • PRHGE Acquires Three Imprints from RBA Group

    In Spain, Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial has acquired Molino and Serres, the Spanish-language children’s and YA imprints of RBA group, as well as La Magrana, the company's Catalan-language imprint.

  • Perusing the Papers of a Spanish-language Publishing Legend

    Jorge Herralde, founder of Spanish publisher Anagrama, has just released a collection of his letters.

  • Sheikh Zayed Book Award Winners Announced

    The winners of the Sheikh Zayed Book Awards have been announced. The prize is among the richest and most prestigious awards dedicated to supporting Arabic literature, language, and culture.

  • Martin-Lugand and Zeh Back on Top in France, Germany

    Agnès Martin-Lugand returned to the top of the French bestseller list at the end of March with her ninth novel, 'The Dacha.' Germany’s top fiction title in late March was the pandemic novel 'On Humans' by Julie Zeh.

  • Sweden's Storytel Thrives, Sesamy Launches

    Storytel reached 1.5 million subscribers and continues to expand through aggressive acquisitions in the Nordic countries and abroad. Meanwhile, Sesamy, a new Swedish audio and e-bookseller, promises to end the scourge of "zombie subscriptions" by offering an à la carte sales model.

  • 'Granta' Releases New List of Best Young Spanish-Language Novelists

    'Granta' published its second list celebrating the best 25 young Spanish-language novelists under the age of 35, all of whom are showcased in a new edition of the literary magazine to be published in the U.S. on May 6.

  • Canada Independent Bookstore Day Returns April 24

    Canada Independent Bookstore Day is returning this April 24, with more than 60 stores participating. The event is now being run by the Canadian Independent Bookstore Association, which launched last year.

  • Select Spanish-Language Titles: April 2021

    A look at upcoming Spanish-language titles for April.

  • All the World’s a Stage: PW Talks with Don Miguel Ruiz

    PW spoke with author Don Miguel Ruiz about his book 'The Actor: How to Live an Authentic Life' (Ediciones Urano, Nov. 2020) and its exploration of the idea of authenticity.

  • Americans Dominated Canadian Bestseller Lists in 2020

    Book sales in Canada amounted to approximately $890 million in 2020 and books by American authors and publishers dominated the bestseller lists, according to BookNet Canada.

  • Watkins Media Has Strong 2020, Announces Promotions

    U.K.-based Watkins Media group had a strong 2020, with a 10% increase in global revenue, driven in part by increased U.S. and international sales of backlist titles. The company also announced a round of promotions and hires.

  • Nourry Out at Hachette Livre, New CEO Appointed

    Lagardère announced the appointment of Pierre Leroy as chairman and CEO of Hachette Livre, replacing Arnaud Nourry. Last week, Nourry publicly criticized the suggestion that Lagardère's publishing group could be broken up or merged with Vivendi-owned rival Editis.

  • Sheikh Zayed Book Awards Shortlist Announced

    The shortlists for the Sheikh Zayed Book Awards have been announced in six of nine categories. The prize is among the richest and most prestigious awards dedicated to supporting Arabic literature, language, and culture.

  • Le Tellier Is #1 in France, Wells Tops in Germany

    Hervé Le Tellier’s Prix Goncourt winner, 'The Anomaly,' continued a four-month run in late February atop the French fiction bestseller list. In Germany, 'Hard Land' by Benedict Wells landed at #1 on the fiction list.

  • African Publishing Innovation Fund Supports Distance Learning

    The African Publishing Innovation Fund has announced that five companies will share $170,000 to develop distance learning projects in Africa. The companies are located in Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe.

  • Spain and Latin America See Entrepreneurial Growth

    A new platform in Spain offers matchmaking between publishers and distributors; Argentina's Trini Vegara launches a new publishing house: and Denmark's Podimo audio platform focuses on Latin America.

  • In Mexico, Print Sales Slumped but Online Sales Soared in 2020

    Audiobooks, e-books, and e-commerce all got a boost in Mexico last year.

  • 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.

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