Agape, the book by Brazilian catholic priest Marcelo Rossi, has sold 7.7 million copies in the 21 months since its release, which makes it the greatest best seller in the country’s history. Never has a book sold so much so fast, and other editions of the title have become hits as well. The publisher Globo Livros released an illustrated version of the book before Christmas, and now a version aimed at children is being successfully promoted: Agapinho (which translates to Little Agape), is second only to Jogos vorazes, (The Hunger Games) in PublishNews’ general bestseller list in April. Agape has recently been published in Portugal by Porto Editora, where it secured a place among the country’s best-selling titles upon release. Rights have also been sold to Korea and Poland so far.
Statistics on Brazilian Publishing
The latest Simplissimo survey revealed there are currently 25,000 Portuguese titles available in the digital format in Brazil, a jump from 16,000 in August 2012. Read More
A new survey of Brazilian book retail during 2012 reveals that Brazilian titles are competitively priced and sell steadily throughout the year. Bestsellers, while important, don’t necessarily dominate the market. Read More
Based on number released by DLD, one of Brazil’s biggest ebook distributors, we forecast the ebook market in Brazil at 3.57m units sold—or 2.6% of the overall market—for 2013. Read More