The Bookseller 12 January 2016
Book sales in France rose in 2015 after five years in decline, despite the impact of the January and November terrorist attacks in Paris.
Publishers’ sales increased by an estimated 1.5% to 2.0% between 2014 and 2015, Vincent Montagne, president of the French Publishers Association (Syndicat National de l’Edition, SNE) and c.e.o. of Media Participations, told a New Year reception earlier this month. Prospects for this year are promising, he added.
Novels rose 5.5% last year, comic books and manga 2.5%, or 8% if the ever-popular Asterix is included, and paperbacks 1%, he added, confirming figures published by ActuaLitté.
Independent booksellers fared better than the average. Their turnover rose by 2.7% in 2015, the French Booksellers Association (Syndicat de la Librairie Française, SLF) said. Comic books rose by 12.6%, practical books 5.2%, and literature and children’s books by 3.6%.
Thierry Clermont, Le Figaro Littéraire
For the first time in almost twenty years, the United States will have a booth at the Salon du Livre de Paris. The goal: to soon become the guest of honor.
Event. The United States will be back at the Salon du Livre de Paris thanks to Mariposa Press’ initiative and with backing from the American Embassy. A star-spangled booth will host seventeen publishers and six American authors. Among the publishers expected to participate are Highlights for Children International, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Glitterati, Solution Tree, Calliope, Historic New Orleans Collection, Dreamspinner, The Mother Company, Books of the Tundra, Bronwen Publishing. According to Laurie Blum Guest, who founded Mariposa Press after having worked at Simon & Shuster and Harper Collins, “this effort will encourage larger publishing houses as well as well-known American authors to think of the French market as a viable market for their international distribution as well as presence.” But it’s no secret that the true goal of this effort is to make the United States the guest of honor of the Salon in the near future, as was the case in 1996.