Douban Read Licenses Chinese Rights to The Elephant and Macaw Banner
Award-winning Brazilian fantasy series to be sold via 100 million user social network Douban
Douban Read, editorial arm of Chinese social network Douban, has acquired Chinese publishing rights for Christopher Kastensmidt’s The Elephant and Macaw Banner series. The stories will be sold through Douban.com, a site with over one hundred million registered users. Douban Read’s catalog contains major international authors such as David Mitchell, Nancy Kress, Ken Liu, Thomas Olde Heuvelt and Aliette de Bodard.
The Elephant and Macaw Banner is a series of fantasy stories set in colonial Brazil. The stories have been nominated for the Nebulas and other international awards. Christopher Kastensmidt, author of the series, writes: “It’s an immense honor to sign this deal with Douban. I can’t imagine a better partner for transporting the world of The Elephant and Macaw Banner to China, the world’s largest audience.”
Pei Liu, foreign rights editor of Douban Read, states: “I was fascinated by the creatures inspired by Brazilian folklore when I read The Fortuitous Meeting for the first time. We then decided to build in China a nice home for stories of The Elephant and Macaw Bannner. We think Douban Read is the best choice for them because it has the largest reader group in China. This is also a great chance for Chinese readers to meet the beauty, mystery, and magic of Christopher’s writings.”
According to The Global Ranking of the Publishing Industry 2014, China is responsible for 12% of the world editorial market, second only to the United States.
About Douban Read
Douban is one of China’s most visited SNS websites, with more than one hundred million registered users. People gather at Douban, buying ebooks and sharing comments of their favorite readings, music and films. Douban Read is Douban’s e-book store launched in 2012, accompanied by set of apps for iPad, Kindle, and desktop PC reading within a web app. To keep the experience social, the Douban Reader app allows users to leave comments and reviews on the ebooks they’re reading. It is also China’s largest self-publishing platform, with works by over 15,000 amateur writers e-published exclusively at Douban Read.
About the Elephant and Macaw Banner
The Elephant and Macaw Banner is an award-winning fantasy series set in sixteenth-century Brazil. The stories tell the adventures of Gerard van Oost and Oludara, an unlikely pair of heroes who meet in Salvador. News, artwork, and in-depth explanations of historical and cultural references from the series can be found at the website www.eamb.org.
About Christopher Kastensmidt
Christopher is a native Texan who immigrated to Porto Alegre, Brazil, in 2001. A former Creative Director at Ubisoft, he has authored games, comics, and books published around the world.