Digital library SciELO was launched in 1998 by three university publishers and aggregates academic journals and articles by Brazilian researchers. By March 2013, it had published more than 1,000 journals and 417 thousand academic articles, mostly by Brazilian authors but also from Latin America, Spain, Portugal and South Africa. Last week SciELO announced the launch of SciELO Books with open access and commercial ebooks from university research presses in the areas of Humanities, Social Sciences and Public Health. At present, there are 300 ebooks available and the institution expects to increase this by about 500 titles per year. Books can be fully downloaded or by chapters, in PDF or ePub format. Altogether, six publishers are participating in the initiative, the universities presses of the State of São Paulo (UNESP), Bahia (EDUFBA), Paraíba State (EDUEPB), Londrina State (EDUEL) and São Carlos (EDUFSCar), and Fiocruz institute.
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