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Study. Portuguese book market grows 14.1% in the first half of this year – Observer



Study.  Portuguese book market grows 14.1% in the first half of this year - Observer

Book sales in Portugal rose 14.1% in terms of units sold in the first half of this year in the first half of this year, corresponding to an 18.9% increase in value, according to data from consulting firm Gfk released on Monday.

According to a study of reading sector behavior that covered nine countries, Gfk, an independent organization that monitors and counts book sales throughout the year in Portugal, also found that the average price of books increased slightly in those first six months of the year, by 4.2 %, to the equivalent of 12.98 euros, on average.

The best-selling books were in the Technical / Scientific and Practical Life / Leisure / News categories, where growth was 22.9% and 23.2%, respectively. In terms of sales channels, bookstores were the places most chosen by consumers to buy books, accounting for 61.6% of the total, resulting in a 16.9% increase over the same period in 2020. In contrast, 38.4% of books were sold through hypermarkets and supermarkets.

About a year ago, in October 2020, book sales in Portugal “caught a bit” from the sharp drop recorded by the pandemic, but even so, they continued to record a 15.8% drop at the time. Between March 19 and May 2 of last year, the country was in a state of emergency that immediately turned into disaster and the market plummeted: a study by Gfk between the second week of March and the end of May of this year. year showed a drop of 57.6%.


In the first half of this year, as in the case of the Portuguese scenario, there was a positive trend in book sales in other countries covered by the study, compared to 2020 and 2019, the pre-pandemic years. In some countries, sales grew by more than a third in one year, with France at the top with a positive deviation of 43.4%. It was followed by Spain, Italy and Brazil, which showed growth of 38.3%, 36.8% and 33.4%, respectively.

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Despite the positive variation, some countries continued a more subtle evolution, namely Switzerland (11.1%), the Netherlands (4.3%) and Germany (4.1%). The study also analyzed two regions of Belgium, where in Flanders evolution was 6.8% and in Wallonia more than doubled (33.8%).

Also in these countries the same market trends were confirmed as in Portugal: an increase in the cost of average prices for books and the category of nonfiction, which includes political, financial, culinary and artistic works. Lifestyle and on topics related to feminism, to collect preferences at the expense of artistic works.

The market for comics, especially manga, is still popular, especially in France, Italy and Spain, while videos streaming this proved to be a factor in the development of the literary market, as it stimulated the purchase of books that inspired films and TV series. Finally, GfK found that interest in e-books was starting to chill and was not keeping up with the positive developments that had taken place in the previous year.

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11-year-old Portuguese won the final of the world championship in karting



11-year-old Portuguese won the final of the world championship in karting

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Martim Marques, who also became the Portuguese Karting Champion and Rotax Champion of Portugal this year, reached the final of his race in 11th position on the grid.

Portuguese driver Martim Marques, 11, won the Rotax World Karting Final this weekend at the Kartódromo Internacional do Algarve in Portimão.

Martim Marques, who this year also became the Portuguese Karting Champion and Rotax Champion of Portugal, started in the final of his race in 11th place on the grid among 35 drivers.

“It has been a fantastic year for the Portuguese riders and what Martim has achieved today is remarkable and deserves all the recognition. Congratulations to Portuguese karting, as well as to all those who help and support the career of Martim and all other pilots,” the president said. Portuguese Automobile and Karting Federation (FPAK), Ni Amorim.

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Portuguese researcher publishes dissertation on transgender people in children’s literature – Observer



Portuguese researcher publishes dissertation on transgender people in children's literature – Observer

The publication of children’s books about gender identity in Portugal is still rare because the topic has not yet been standardized in public discourse, researcher Emanuel Madalena, who dedicated his doctoral dissertation to Luce, told the agency.

Emanuel Madalena, collaborating researcher at the Center for Languages, Literature and Cultures of the University of Aveiro, wrote a doctoral thesis on the presence of the topic of gender identity, in particular about transgender people, in children’s literaturewhich he later adapted into a book called “Challenge to Gender”, which will be presented in Lisbon this Saturday.

For the investigation, Emanuel Madalena reviewed a pre- and initial reading edition of books published between 2000 and 2019, bringing together 38 works edited in English, Portuguese and Spanish.

Of the books analyzed in the dissertation, there are two that deserve attention for their quality, noted by Emanuel Madalena, and which are published in Portugal: “O Jaime é uma sereia” by Jessica Love (Fábula), “which is in the process of canonization” by readers and ” Thiago’s Dresses” by Joana Estrela in her own edition.

Speaking to the Lusa agency, Emanuel Madalena argues that picture books for children about gender identity, and transgender people in particular, are “very important in providing information about identity to these children and informing people in general about this issue.”

In his book, published by the cultural cooperative Outro Modo, Emanuel Madalena writes that “children’s literature on transgender topics is important not only for transgender children, but for all children and for society as a whole” because it can foster “attitudes of acceptance and integration of differences.

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The researcher does not have a clear answer why there are no more books on this topic in Portugal.

It’s not that the Portuguese publishing scene is far ahead in terms of trends – it isn’t – but maybe it’s a bit on the side of authors. The public discourse on these topics in Portugal itself needs more discussion, information, but it is enough for one of these players to want it, the editor has a strong desire to publish it or the author created it for something to happen, ”he believes. .

In the course of the investigation, Emanuel Madalena read some of these books to children and met with no resistance.

“This is a completely adult problem. (…) This is an essential question of a dual addressee: the book should be liked by both children and adults, and it is they who choose it, especially for early childhood,” he said.

The researcher believes that it is through independent publishers or those with greater creative and editorial freedom that more titles on these topics can be published.

“The independent publication is the firmest first step towards the centripetal path of legitimizing the transgender theme, from the fringe of the literary subsystem of children’s literature to its commercial center,” he wrote.

Emanuel Madalena believes that by reflecting changes in society, entering into public discourse, “emerging, controversial and sensitive topics end up being not so”, even if there may be moments of discomfort on the part of some readers.

“Like, for example, the topic of divorce, which was once divisive in children’s literature and is no longer so. It even seems ridiculous to think that talking about it with children is taboo,” he recalls.

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Given that “books for children with transgender themes are still in their early stages”, Emanuel Madalena explains in the book that much of the literary output is still geared towards cognitive-pedagogical aspect, legitimation, and not in the game phase for younger readers.

Emanuel Madalena, PhD in Literature, MA in Editorial Studies and Education, hopes his work will contribute to “gender studies and the movement to include and make gender diversity visible in academic research.”

“Chalking Gender – Transgender in Children’s Literature” will be presented this Saturday at the Snob bookstore in Lisbon by André Tesedeiro and in the presence of the author.


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Official: Mikael Sagna has signed a professional contract with Sporting. The 16-year-old striker, who moved to Alvalade in the 2019/2020 season, was pleased with the new career step.

“Signing a professional contract was my goal”

“I’m happy. Signing a professional contract was my goal and it shows that I’m doing a good job. So now it’s time to move on to achieve new goals,” he told the lion’s media.

“Sporting believes in us”

The athlete plays for the junior team of lions and is very grateful to Sporting for everything that the club has given him: Sporting believes in us, believes in our potential and therefore puts us at a higher level for growth and development. It was good, I grew up.”

Sporting believe in the youngest

“The problems are getting bigger, but I was able to deal with them. In addition, the master [Pedro Coelho] this helped me a lot. Sporting believe in the youngest, bet on them, and I also believe that with my work I can get there,” he repeated, making a promise to the green and white fans: “I will continue to give everything for Sporting, he finished.

This season Mikael Sagna has scored two goals in 13 games for the youth team and four goals in four games for the youth team.


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