Germany’s Libreka! E-bookstore Opens Doors to US and Foreign Publishers

In Feature Articles by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary

Starting in June, US and other foreign publishers will be able sell their e-books on Germany’s online book search database and e-book distribution platform Libreka! (www.libreka.de). Launched by the Marketing- und Verlagsservice des Buchhandels arm of the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels (German Publishers and Booksellers Association), Libreka! currently has over 130,000 titles available for full text browsing and 25,000 titles for sale as e-books, making it one of the largest e-book sales channels in Europe.

Michael Vogelbacher, head of the Information Service department of the MVB noted that with the continual introduction of new devices and growing acceptance of e-reading on the continent, Libreka! is witnessing exponential growth in sales.

Some 1,300 German-language publishers have already made their in-copyright titles available in the Libreka! database, with 400 of them offering their e-books for sale on the platform.

Implementation of the technical solutions necessary for importing the metadata of foreign titles will be completed in June, said Vogelbacher, “and then it will be possible to sell e-books from anywhere abroad in Germany over the Libreka! platform.”

While there are no US publishers currently selling via Libreka, several UK publishers are expected to come on board shortly.

Libreka! currently negotiates terms on the basis of an agency model. The technology is also available for outside licensing. For more information, contact Ronald Schild at r.schild@mvb-online.de.

About the Author

Siobhan O'Leary

Siobhan O’Leary is a literary agent, translator and writer based in Berlin. She previously worked in the Foreign Rights department of the Crown Publishing Group (Random House) and at the publishing consulting firm Market Partners International.