*+-Respected publisher Michael Krüger will soon retire after 45 years at Germany’s Carl Hanser Verlag. Here he discusses the uncertain future of literary publishing.
*+-In the deepening turmoil surrounding German publisher house Suhrkamp Verlag, the house has filed for bankruptcy and will use a new law to attempt to stay in business.
*+-At Berlin’s re:publica conference netizens showed their continuing enthusiasm for the book at talks dedicated to library digitization, metadata, and how the internet is changing literary writing.
*+-Top German executives at this year’s Publishers Forum in Berlin were pushed to confront pressing issues, such as getting their data in order and streamlining workflows.
*+-Publishing Perspectives’ Berlin-based contributing editor Amanda DeMarco is launching a new short-form publishing company focusing on translations.
*+-Discussions at this year’s Leipzig Book Fair proved that ebooks and self publishing are gaining wider acceptance in Germany, and readers are more open to digitization.
*+-Bastei Lübbe is eight months into its first English launch, with modest results. How will their brand-new Spanish and Mandarin content fare in 2013?
*+-Berlin’s publishing startup scene is booming and two companies making their mark are Readmill and dotdotdot, developers focused on connecting readers through books.
*+-Poetry may be a hard sell in the mass market, but D2C sales and subscriptions help Seattle poetry publisher Wave Books survive the stormy economy.
*+-Germany’s Suhrkamp Verlag has been embroiled in an ugly power struggle that may lead, at the behest of the courts, to the dissolution of the prestigious publisher.