Continuing to widen its international profile, HarperCollins launches two new divisions devoted to Spanish-language publishing.
With HarperCollins Español and HarperCollins Iberica, the publisher plans to increase the volume of titles available for Spanish-language readers worldwide. The first of those is to be a translation of Harper Lee’s forthcoming Go Set a Watchman.
HarperCollins CEO Brian Murray characterized the expansion as a response to the “tremendous opportunity in the Spanish-language market around the world.”
HarperCollins announced the formation of an expanded German-language publishing program late last year.
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Penguin Random House Launches Children’s Site (DBW)
Called Brightly, the website features original content and resources for parents of young readers and is intended to help boost discovery of the publisher’s children’s content.
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A Beijing-based start-up called Fiberead helps authors sell translations of their titles to Chinese ebook readers, circumventing traditional publishers by offering what it bills as more straightforward agreements and faster speeds to market.
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Amazon’s Long-Haul China Strategy (Forbes)
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Trajectory Adds Chinese Ebooks (The Bookseller)
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