By Iona Teixeira Stevens
Saraiva has become a strong competitor in Brazil’s digital publishing market and is considered the sole indigenous company that can compete with Amazon, Kobo, Apple and Google.
Late last month, the publisher and retailer – Saraiva owns the biggest bookstore chain in Brazil, with over 100 stores – launched its own self-publishing platform, following the example of Kobo’s Writing Life, Amazon’s KDP and several smaller Brazilian initiatives, including Clube dos Autores, or Author’s Club.
The portal is called “Publique-se,” which translates to “Publish it yourself” (although in Portuguese it doesn’t sound quite like an awkward DIY tool as in English), and will grant 35% royalties to self-published authors.
In a statement, Saraiva has also announced that soon it will offer “editorial services with Saraiva Group’s expertise and the possibility of launching printed versions, with events in store.”