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‘PW’ in Spanish Debuts Around the World

The first issue of 'Publishers Weekly en Español' was published this week in Spain. The inaugural edition features an array of original interviews, news, and analysis, as well as more than 50 book reviews of Spanish-language titles.

Book Fair Directors Say Live Shows Must Go On

On the eve of the Gothenburg Book Fair, which runs September 24-28, director Frida Edman and Frankfurt's Juergen Boos have written an open letter saying virtual events are no substitute for live fairs.

RELX Stays #1

A year after the RELX Group (formerly Reed Elsevier) wrestled away the crown of the world’s largest publisher from longtime leader Pearson, the STM, business, and legal publisher stayed #1 with revenue in 2019 of $5.64 billion, about a 7% increase from 2018.

Frankfurt Book Fair: Going Virtual

American agents prep for a Frankfurt like no other—from their homes.

ReBoot Kicks Off

ReBoot: Books, Business, and Reading, comprising an October 13 conference plus research tracks, is designed to analyze how Covid-19 could reshape the global publishing industry.

Frankfurt Cancels Physical Fair, Goes All Virtual

The Frankfurt Book Fair has canceled its physical, in-person fair and will proceed as an entirely virtual, online-only event. It will take place, as scheduled, October 12-18.

CESNUR and FOB release “The New Gnomes of Zurich”

Massimo Introvigne and Alessandro Amicarelli, releases publication on JW case.

Beijing Book Fair Makes Virtual Pivot

The 27th edition of the Beijing International Book Fair, which would have taken place at the China International Exhibition Center from August 26 to August 30, kicked off its virtual version last week.

Virtual Exhibitors, Agents at Frankfurt to Have Multiple Platforms

Virtual exhibitors, including literary agents and rights representatives, will be able to participate in the upcoming fair and promote themselves through a variety of means, including the fair's online catalog, webinars, and its new digital rights platform.

Revealing new book on Scientology by investigator Gabriel Carrion, in 3 languages

Reporter Gabriel Carrion launched his book on Scientology and controversies surrounding it with a Church’s spokesperson answering over 50 questions about it. MADRID/BRUSSELS, SPAIN/BELGIUM, August 24, 2020 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Journalist Gabriel Carrion has launched his second book on Scientology and the controversies surrounding it with the Church’s European spokesperson answering over 50 of the most asked questions about this religion.

China Literature Loses Big During the Pandemic

China Literature, China's top online publishing and bookselling platform, lost $465 million in the first six months of the year, prompting executives to say the company business model and culture needs to be fixed.

European E-book, Audiobook Sales See Pandemic Pop

Sales of e-books and audiobooks have been robust across Europe throughout the pandemic despite storefront closures, according to a new report from Bookwire.

FoRB Publications launches new book of Rosita Šorytė, on NRMs and the Pandemic

New religious movements are rarely given credit for their humanitarian work. A case in point is the Church of Scientology during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. Opponents used the epidemic as an opportunity to accuse Scientology of spreading conspiracy theories and not respecting anti-virus precautions.

Aldous Huxley and Alternative Spirituality, a review by Patrick Horn

Aldous Huxley is among the most important thinkers of the 20th century. He was a key figure among a network of intellectuals and writers interested in transcendence and transformation, and he enormously influenced the Human Potential Movement, the 1960s psychedelic counterculture, the New Age Movement, and deep ecology.

Agents Protest London Book Fair’s Handling of Refunds

Calling the London Book Fair "tone deaf," literary agents from North America have written an open letter to LBF organizers, protesting their refusal to issue refunds to those who canceled attendance prior to the fair's official announcement that the event would not take place.

Italy’s Book Sales Bounce Back

The recent return of book buyers to stores in Italy has helped the overall Italian book business bounce back. After showing a year-over-year revenue loss of 20% through April 18, that loss is down to 11% as of July 11.

Europe’s Pandemic Sales Slide Quantified

A report by the Federation of European Publishers aims to quantify the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on European publishers, citing a significant plunge in bookstore sales and commensurate lost revenue for publishers.

German Sales Drop 14% in the First Half of 2020

German Book sales crashed during lockdown, but have bounced back as bookstores reopened, and are down just 14% overall for the first six months of 2020, compared with the same period in 2019.

Guadalajara Fair Offers Proposals for 2020

The organizers of the Guadalajara International Book Fair, scheduled for November 28 to December 6, may divide the fair into two venues, go virtual, or cancel altogether.

Derecho y Religion launches its latest scientific magazine

40th anniversary of the Organic Law on Religious Freedom Delta Publicaciones, a well-known publishing house, has just launched in Spanish their latest "Law and Religion" magazine, the number XV, commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the...

Bertrams Goes Bankrupt

The Bertram Group, one of two major U.K. book wholesalers, has gone bankrupt. Asset sales have been agreed to, and the majority of its employees have been let go.

Frankfurt Updates Exhibitors on Changes

The Frankfurt Book Fair updated exhibitors on changes, which includes getting free additional booth space, the option to reserve a co-working space, or cancel with a full refund before August 15.

Penguin Random House Will Not Attend Frankfurt

Penguin Random House is the last of the Big Five American trade publishers to announce they will not attend this year's Frankfurt Book Fair.

Frankfurt Launches Facebook Rights Community

The Frankfurt Book Fair has launched Pitch Your CIP, a new Facebook-based community to connect rights holders and facilitate books-to-film pitches and other intellectual property exchanges.
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