Internet, Critics Motivate Book Buyers in Germany

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary What draws customers into bookstores in Germany and how well informed are they about what they will find there? Cologne-based agency Die Gefährten recently attempted to answer these questions by surveying 400 book-buying customers from the bookstores Mayersche and Stern Verlag in Düsseldorf and Hugendubel in Munich. According to the survey, the results of which were published …

Why Mumbai’s Hot for Mills & Boon

In Growth Markets by Liz Bury

By Liz Bury MUMBAI: Of the numerous UK publishing houses to set up new operations in India during the past few years, Mills and Boon has perhaps the best brand recognition among its target audience. The publisher’s special formula of boy-meets-girl romance found a loyal readership in India during the 1980s and 1990s, when English language editions were first exported …

Amazon.de Guilty of Flouting Fixed Price Laws

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary In the David vs. Goliath-esque battle between Buchhandlung Schopf in northern Germany and Amazon, the little guy has come out on top.  As we reported last month, the bookstore took Amazon to court for allegedly flouting Germany’s fixed book price laws. According to the Buchreport the Hamburg regional court has ruled against Amazon, stating that it must …

Booksellers to Shed Clothes to Save Jobs

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Fewer Germans are landing training jobs at bookstores, says the German Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training. As reported in buchreport, just 578 people completed apprenticeships in bookselling in 2009, that’s some 26.6% fewer than in 2008.  This may not come as a huge surprise given that both the Hugendubel and Mayersche book chains announced last …

German Booksellers Optimistic, Shun Self Help

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary German book retailers are a lot more optimistic at the start of 2010 than they were a year ago. According to a survey conducted by buchreport, only 30% of booksellers are skeptical about their prospects for this year (compared to around 50% who anticipated a decline in business last year). However, publishers of non-fiction and particularly self-help …

Name Your “Lost” Books

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story discusses the phenomenon of the bookseller who is frustrated at not being able to deliver the books that his customer is asking for — some obscure, some rather well-known, but for some reason, unavailable for purchase. These aren’t necessarily books that haven’t been translated. On the contrary, they are often available in an English …

Introducing the Best Books You’ll Never Find

In English Language by Guest Contributor

By Lewis Manalo NEW YORK: In Spring 2008, when David Del Vecchio opened Idlewild Books in New York City, he decided to take a different approach to the bookshop: rather than organize by genre, the books would be organized by place. Often when traveling for his previous job with the UN, David had had to scour the shelves of a …

Lübbe Experiments with Exclusive Follett E-book Sale

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Americans aren’t the only ones experimenting with e-book marketing and publication schedules. German publisher Lübbe gave book chain Weltbild exclusive rights to sell the e-book version of Ken Follett’s Die Tore der Welt (The Pillars of the Earth) for three weeks, starting December 28. According to Buchreport, Lübbe wanted to see if the promotion would help boost paperback sales …

Will E-books Catch on Faster in the BRIC Countries than the US or Europe?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story describes the launch of Gato Sabido, Brazil’s first e-bookstore. And in addition, news has been coming fast and furious in recent months about the launches or impending launches of e-bookstores across the BRIC countries (Brazil, China, India, Russia). But the question remains to just what extent readers in those countries are willing to embrace …

Brazil's First E-bookstore Opens for Business

In Growth Markets by Guest Contributor

By Ricardo Costa RIO DE JANIERO: On December 15, Brazil’s first e-bookstore — Gato Sabido (Smart Cat) — opened for business, offering approximately 400 titles in Portuguese. “The Gato Sabido is going to work on every step of the e-book process, from conversion to sales,” says Carlos Eduardo Ernanny, company founder and CEO. The new company plans to offer 30,000 …