The book fairs that happen all around the world aren’t just about selling books, they are also a unique opportunity for everyone in the publishing industry to meet and share common experiences and ideas. At these events publishing insiders get to discuss projects, trends, and new technology.
This year, Panarea Digital was present at international book fairs in Rio de Janeiro, Madrid, and Frankfurt. In addition to visiting colleagues and partners, we got to share our own experience in the digital book market and opinions on the future of the industry.
In Rio de Janeiro, Maite Iturria, Panarea’s Brazil Country Manager, did some research and discovered a simple but significant fact about the state of the digital book market in Brazil: among the 45 largest publishers, only 15 have published e-books.
In Madrid, Guido Kovalskys, Panarea’s co-CEO, gave a talk at Liber on the digital educational publishing market in Latin America. He addressed the growth prospects in the region and how they will play out over time.
Emiliano Abramzon, Panarea’s USA Country Manager & Partner, went to the Frankfurt book fair, where he participated in a panel on children’s digital books. Emiliano focused on multilingual digital platforms: in a market where the majority of e-books are still in English, what is the future of the children’s international market?
We believe that sharing ideas is a great way to contribute to the democratization of reading, be it in English, Spanish, or Portuguese. And if we can keep doing this, 2012 will be a great year.