On Tuesday, the Brazilian Congress approved the bill that authorizes publishing of images and biographical information of famous and public persons. The bill, known as the Biographies law, allows the production of movies and books, for instance, without necessarily having the consent of the subject or his family. More than once have Brazilian judges banned publishers from selling unauthorized biographies, stifling production of this literary genre in Brazil. The bill moves now to the Senate, where, if approved, will alter the civil code. The Brazilian Publishers’ Union (SNEL), circulated petition last week seeking support of the Biographies Law, claiming that current legislation is counter to the constitutional right of freedom of speech.
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