Latam sales give reprieve to Spanish publishing houses

Raul Cortes

Mexico City, Nov 13 (EFE).- Spanish publishing houses have been issued a reprieve thanks to an increase in sales in Latin America, director of the Guadalajara International Book Fair, FIL, Marisol Shulz, said in an interview with EFE.

Now in its 28th year, the largest Spanish-language book fair in the world opens Nov. 29.

According to Shulz, Spanish publishers were hurting due to their country's economic crisis but the more vibrant economies of the Latin American nations have fueled sales in that region.

The director explained that this year, unlike in previous years, e-books would not be the central theme although the sector would be discussed in some form and the focus instead would be on the situation of the book publishing sector in general.

But a special forum on e-books would be held as there are still many copyright issues.

As an example, Shulz referred to the fact that the high degree of e-book piracy that exists in Spain is not the same as in other countries and that it is an urgent matter that needs looking into.

This year, FIL plans to pay tribute to Colombian Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez who died in April last year, and the late Mexican author Octavio Paz on his birth centenary.

There will be also homages paid to Mexican authors Jose Emilio Pacheco and Emmanuel Carballo, who both died this year, and Jose Revueltas and Efrain Huerta, whose birth centenaries are also this year.

Argentina is the guest country this year and Shulz confirmed to Efe that Argentine President Cristina Fernandez will attend.

The FIL will be held for nine days with 650 writers from 22 countries, some of which are not Spanish speaking.