[Press Release] StreetLib launches author & publisher portals in Argentina, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Mexico & Spain

Loreto, Italy 31 January 2019.

StreetLib has launched publishing portals for authors and publishers in Argentina, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Mexico and Spain to digitally distribute their books around the world, with no up-front fees.

Books can be published in English, Spanish, Portuguese and most other languages, and will be distributed to hundreds of ebook retailers and digital libraries worldwide, including to the world’s biggest ebook retailers like Amazon, Google Play, Kobo and Apple.

Earlier this month StreetLib began its 2019 global roll-out in Africa, at the Golden Jubilee of the Cairo International Book Fair, the world’s biggest literary event. StreetLib Egypt was joined by Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana and South Africa in Africa, and Australia, New Zealand and Fiji in Oceania.

Now comes the first five Ibero-America launches as part of a roll-out in 21 countries across 6 continents. And that’s just for January.

In February StreetLib will add at least four more Ibero-American nations to the list, and by the years’ end will provide services to authors and publishers across the region

StreetLib CEO Giacomo D’Angelo said:

There’s a popular misconception that Latinos don’t read, yet many of the world’s largest book fairs are in Ibero-America.

Spain’s Madrid Book Fair and Cuba’s Havana International Book Fair both attract over two million visitors, while Argentina’s Buenos Aires International Book Fair draws a crowd of over a million.

Latino readers love to read and Latino authors love to write, but getting published and finding readers in Ibero-America isn’t easy. That’s where StreetLib comes in.

Explaining the need for the StreetLib author and publisher portals in Argentina, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Mexico and Spain, Giacomo D’Angelo explained:

We believe everyone, anywhere on the planet has the right to read books, and we believe every author, anywhere on the planet has the right to be published and reach a global audience.

But, much as we love print (we also offer print on demand options) the production and distribution costs of printed books mean many people around the world — and not least across Ibero-America — are denied access to affordable books.

At literary events across the continent we hear time and again that it is easier for a publisher in Chile or Paraguay to sell their books in the USA than in a neighbouring country in Latin America.

It needn’t be that way. A reader in a remote village in Colombia or Uruguay should have the same books available as a reader in Mexico City or Madrid. An author in the Dominican Republic, or Guatemala should have the same opportunity to publish their work as an author in New York or London.

Today, anyone, anywhere in the world with an internet connection can buy, download and read ebooks on their phones or tablets, no matter how far away their nearest book store is. And authors and publishers, no matter where they are, can upload and sell books to those readers.

The portals are for publishers of all sizes, from individual self-publishers to the biggest publishing houses, facilitating global reach in an international book market worth US$143 billion (ARS 5.3 trillion) ( DOP 7.2 trillion) (GTQ 1.1 trillion) (EUR 125 billion) (MXN 2.7 trillion).

Giacomo D’Angelo added:

Since its inception in 2006 StreetLib has been at the forefront of the digital reading revolution, enabling authors and publishers around the world to publish and sell books to anyone that has an internet connection.

Today StreetLib distributes a large volume of digital books on behalf of publishers, from individual authors with just one title to big publishers with hundreds or even thousands of titles.

In the US, UK and western Europe digital books — ebooks and audiobooks — provide publishers with new revenue streams alongside their printed book sales. In 2017, according to one report

  • the US (online population 312 million) ebook market, was worth US$3.2 billion (ARS 120 billion) (DOP 161 billion) (GTQ 24.7 billion) (EUR 2.8 billion) (MXN 61 billion)
  • the UK (online population 52 million)ebook market was worth US$405 million (ARS 15.2 billion) (DOP 20.4 billion) (GTQ 3.1 billion) (EUR 353.5 million) (MXN 7.7 billion)
  • the Canada (online population 33 million) ebook market was worth US$136 million (ARS 5.1 billion) (DOP 6.9 billion) (GTQ 1 billion) (EUR 118 million) (MXN 2.6 billion)
  • the Australia (online population 21 million) ebook market was worth US$126 million (ARS 4.7 billion) (DOP 6.3 billion) (GTQ 971 million) (EUR 109 million) (MXN 2.4 billion)
  • the New Zealand (online population 4.2 million) ebook market was worth US$1.6 million (ARS 60 million) (DOP 80.7 million) (GTQ 12.3 million) (EUR 1.4 million) (MXN 30.5 million)

How can Latin American countries compete when the region is only at 66% internet penetration?

In fact that 66% equates to 417 million Latin Americans online, and that rises to 464 million when we add Portugal and Spain.

Argentina

In Argentina alone there are over 41 million people online. That’s more than Spain has online. It’s twice as many as Australia has online. And it’s four times more than Belgium or Sweden have online.

Your books uploaded to the StreetLib Argentina will be available to buy as ebooks in Argentina, across all of Latin America, and around the world.

Authors and publishers can upload a single book at a time, or use our batch upload option for large quantities of titles.

The StreetLib Argentina upload portal dashboard is in English, Italian, Spanish, Hindi, Telugu and Tamil.

But the books themselves can be uploaded in any language, including indigenous Argentine languages like Araucano, Guaraní, Quechua, etc, and sold through the StreetLib international store, as well as being distributed to any retailers that supports that language.

Dominican Republic

In the Dominican Republic alone there are over 6 million people online. That’s more than Denmark, Finland or New Zealand, and the Dominican Republic is only at 61% internet penetration.

Your books uploaded to the StreetLib Dominican Republic portal will be available to buy as ebooks in the Dominican Republic, across all of Latin America, and around the world.

Authors and publishers can upload a single book at a time, or use our batch upload option for large quantities of titles.

The StreetLib Dominican Republic upload portal dashboard is in English, Italian, Spanish, Hindi, Telugu and Tamil.

But the books themselves can be uploaded in any language, including indigenous Caribbean, Central and South American languages, and sold through the StreetLib international store, as well as being distributed to any retailers that supports that language.

Guatemala

In Guatemala alone there are over 7 million people online, on par with Austria, Greece and Portugal, and Guatemala is only at 42% internet penetration. The Guatemala International Book Fair regularly attracts over 50,000 visitors.

Your books uploaded to the StreetLib Guatemala portal will be available to buy as ebooks in Guatemala, across all of Latin America, and around the world.

Authors and publishers can upload a single book at a time, or use our batch upload option for large quantities of titles.

The StreetLib Guatemala upload portal dashboard is in English, Italian, Spanish, Hindi, Telugu and Tamil.

But the books themselves can be uploaded in any language, including indigenous Guatemalan languages like Quiché, Kaqchikel, etc, and sold through the StreetLib international store, as well as being distributed to any retailers that supports that language.

Spain

In Spain alone there are over 40 million people online. That’s more than Canada and almost twice that of Australia.

Your books uploaded to the StreetLib Spain portal will be available to buy as ebooks in Spain, across all of Latin America, and around the world.

Authors and publishers can upload a single book at a time, or use our batch upload option for large quantities of titles.

The StreetLib Spain upload portal dashboard is in English, Italian, Spanish, Hindi, Telugu and Tamil.

But the books themselves can be uploaded in any language, including Basque and Catalan, and sold through the StreetLib international store, as well as being distributed to any retailers that supports that language.

Mexico

In Mexico alone there are over 85 million people online. That’s more than Germany or the UK. That’s more than any country in Europe except Russia. It’s more than twice the number of internet users that Spain has. In fact Mexico is the ninth largest country in the world by internet users. And it’s only at 65% internet penetration.

Your books uploaded to the StreetLib Mexico portal will be available to buy as ebooks in Mexico, across all of Latin America, and around the world.

Authors and publishers can upload a single book at a time, or use our batch upload option for large quantities of titles.

The StreetLib Mexico upload portal dashboard is in English, Italian, Spanish, Hindi, Telugu and Tamil.

But the books themselves can be uploaded in any language, including indigenous Mexican languages like Nahuatl, Yucatec Maya, Mixtec, etc, and sold through the StreetLib international store, as well as being distributed to any retailers that supports that language.

StreetLib wants to give Argentine, Dominican Republic, Guatemalan, Spanish and Mexican authors and publishers the chance to share in the global digital books market, and it won’t cost them anything up front. We just collect 10% from net sales made and pay the author or publisher the rest.

Visit the StreetLib Argentina author and publisher portal here.

Visit the StreetLib Dominican Republic author and publisher portal here.

Visit the StreetLib Guatemala author and publisher portal here.

Visit the StreetLib Spain author and publisher portal here.

Visit the StreetLib Mexico author and publisher portal here.

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