Chefkoch Gaining on YouTube, Facebook (in Germany)

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

Siobhan O’Leary Nielsen has released a list of the most popular social media networks in Germany and, for the first time ever, the site chefkoch.de, focused on food and cooking, has made it into the top ten (with 4.9 million users in December 2009). As reported in the Boersenblatt, Germany was the only country surveyed to have a top ten site …

German Book Office Fiction Rights List – Fall 2009

In German Buch News by Hannah Johnson

This season’s list includes a bestselling titles from independent and large publishers in Germany, as well as a German Book Prize winner. Download the rights list PDF for further information about each title, including synopses and rights contacts. Twice a year, the German Book Office New York (GBO) presents its Rights Lists of adult fiction titles to North American publishers, …

What is the best way to learn a language?

In Global Trade Talk by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox In today’s story, Siobhan O’Leary writes about the role of translators in international publishing.  As publishing goes global and learning other languages are necessary for conducting business, it begs the question…what is the best way to learn a language? Write in and tell me what has worked best for you.

Review: Shadow Tag by Louise Erdrich

In Book Review by Gwendolyn Dawson

By Gwendolyn Dawson This bleak novel tracks the slow destruction of a marriage and, ultimately, a family. Irene, a failed historian, and her husband Gil, an artist who’s grown famous off of his revealing portraits of Irene, are the parents of three precocious children, including a math genius and a budding artist. While the love between Irene and Gil is …

Dueling Translations Sparks Bizarre Post

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

At the Three Percent blog, Open Letter Books publisher Chad Post writes about the simultaneous publication of two new translations of Ilf & Petrov’s novel The Golden Calf — one published by Open Letter and the other, titled The Little Golden Calf and published by Russian Life magazine. (Yes, that Russian Life — the former propaganda organ of the USSR). …

Amazon May “Capitulate” to Macmillan’s Demands

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka The battle may already be over in the burgeoning saga of Amazon v. Macmillan (standing in for the rest of the publishing world) which saw Amazon stop sales of Macmillan titles after the publisher told Amazon it wanted to change it’s terms of business, moving to an agency model. On Sunday Amazon posted a letter to its …

Review: Don DeLillo’s Point Omega

In Book Review by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Starting with 2002’s Cosmopolis about the 2000 Internet-stock-bubble burst, Don DeLillo has used his considerable skills as a fiction writer to dwell on current events. His previous novel, 2007’s Falling Man, concerned 9/11, and his latest, Point Omega, looks at the recent war in Iraq. Richard Elster, a 73-year-old academic who served as a war strategist, has …

German Publishing M&A Activity Down in 09

In German Buch News by Edward Nawotka

By Siobhan O’Leary There were only 38 mergers and acquisitions in the German publishing and media industries in 2009, as compared with 66 in 2008, according to the consulting firm Bartholomäus & Cie and as reported in Buchreport. The acquisition of bol.com from the Holtzbrinck Group by Dutch equity investor Cyrte Investments was, according to B&C, the largest deal in the …

The New Yorker’s Lillian Ross on the life and death of J.D. Salinger

In News by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox On Wednesday, reclusive American writer J.D. Salinger died.  Author of The Catcher in the Rye and Franny and Zooey, Salinger had spent the last 50 years in seclusion. Famed New Yorker writer Lillian Ross had a close personal friendship with Salinger over the years and wrote a powerful piece about the life and death of the …

Author Cory Doctorow on Amazon vs. Macmillan

In What's the Buzz by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox According to an article in The New York Times, Amazon has pulled all Macmillan books from their site (or removed the buy buttons) in response to Macmillan’s request to raise the cost of ebooks on Amazon from $10 to $15. Macmillan author Cory Doctorow wrote a piece on BoingBoing.net sees a bleak future in this fight: “[I]f one …