Global Trade Talk: Europeans Balk at Untranslated Google Settlement

In Global Trade Talk, News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary and Ed Nawotka The Börsenverein, along with numerous other European publishers, associations and international publishers, has put together a statement of objections against the Google Settlement. Buchreport.de summarizes the statement, which notes that the complicated 334-page Settlement was never made available in foreign languages for foreign class members to review. The objecting parties also point out that …

German Buch News: Lettra Expands Audience by 10 Million, Spiegel’s New Travel Site

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By Siobhan O’Leary Starting in October, Lettra, the online video portal devoted to books and authors, will have a much wider reach — 10 million users wider, in fact. Lettra’s video offerings will be integrated into the OMS Video Network, which provides local and national video content to the online versions of German daily newspapers. Borsenblatt has the scuttlebutt. Spiegel …

German Buch News: Bertelsmann’s Disappointing Half Year Results

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By Siobhan O’Leary Despite recent corporate-wide measures taken to reduce costs and increase efficiency, Bertelsmann is still struggling through this difficult economic year. The Boersenblatt reports that sales for the media giant declined in the first six months of 2009 from 7.7 billion to 7.2 billion euros, as operating EBIT (earnings before interest and tax) sank by nearly a third to …

Top US/UK Trade Talk: Will the UK Get Cheap Ebooks?; Munro Nixes Giller Prize

In Global Trade Talk, News by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Sony’s general manager for content and services development, Richard Palk, said that the UK would likely have to follow suit with US pricing of ebooks as the devices become more widespread in the UK. The Bookseller reports that publishers and booksellers are divided on the issue, with publishers setting prices as the same as hardcovers and while …

German Buch News: 65,000 Ebooks Sold in Germany So Far in 09

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By Siobhan O’Leary What’s in a number? The GfK (Gesellschaft für Konsumforschung), a market research and consumer insight agency, recently announced that 65,000 e-books were sold in Germany in the first half of 2009. Boersenblatt editor Michael Roesler-Graichen analyzes the significance of this figure, stating that most industry insiders are agnostic as to whether this should be seen as a …

Top US/UK Trade Talk: EC to Rethink Internet Copyright Rules; 60% Sales Spike for Lagardere

In Global Trade Talk, News by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka The European Commission is looking at ways to alter existing copyright law to make it easier for users to post digital copies of “orphan” works — those books with no apparent copyright holder. The new proposals “could also make it easier to acquire a single digital copyright covering the European Union, rather than having to deal with …

German Buch News: Indie Pubs Launch Award to Challenge German Book Prize

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By Siobhan O’Leary A group of independent publishers are protesting the dominance of conglomerate publishers among the books longlisted for the year’s German Book Prize by launching their own rival list, dubbed “Hotlist: Recommendations of the Independents.” According to Buchreport, Germany’s third largest chain bookseller, Mayersche, is supporting the effort by offering a 5,000 euro “prize,” with the winner to be selected …

What’s the Buzz: Hashtags for Frankfurt; No Bertelsmann Party, No Problem

In News, What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson It’s official! Twitter hashtags for the Frankfurt Book Fair 2009 and the Frankfurt Tweetup have been decided. (What is a hashtag? What is a Tweetup?) Proposed by publisher @WoodheadTweets and @TheBookseller, and confirmed by @tminkus, you may now begin using #fbf09 and #fbftweetup to document and follow Frankfurt-related tweets. Are you a Lufthansa frequent flier? Me neither, …

German Buch News: Sony to Launch Touch Reader in October

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By Siobhan O’Leary On the heels of Sony’s announcement that it will release a new touch screen wireless reader in the US in December, the Boersenblatt reports that a  new Sony reader will be available in Germany in mid-October. Priced at 299 euros, the second generation reader for Germany will feature a touch screen, search, note-taking and bookmarking functions. It …