German Buch News: Fewer Bookstores in 2009; Bing Meets with Europeans, Too; New Moon Mania

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Just as the total number of bookstores in Germany was approaching the 1,000 mark, there has been a decrease of 3% in the number of stores in the past year, to 945 stores, according to Buchreport’s 9th annual “Filialatlas” study. The drop is partly the result of several chains closing outlets, including Weltbild and Wohlthat, and the …

France Rates Top Indie Bookshops Like Wine

In Feature Articles by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije Independent bookstores in France—much like the country’s wine—can now qualify for a label indicating high quality. The long-awaited “Librairie Indépendante de Référence” (“Recommended Independent Bookshop”) label, which was part of a 2007 “plan livre” launched by former culture minister Christine Albanel, is now a reality and, as of September, 406 of France’s 3,000 independent bookstores qualified for the …

Global Trade Talk: Macmillan Pushes for Lower E-book Royalties; Bookstore Numbers Down in Germany, US

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka and Siobhan O’Leary Publishers Marketplace broke the news earlier today of a new contract being pushed out by Macmillian to agents in the United States that asserts the company will only offer a 20% royalty rate for e-books, down from the typical 25% and would be applicable to “all exploitation of the content of the book in …

Reading Brazil

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka RIO DE JANIERO: Last week’s news that Rio de Janiero will host the 2016 Summer Olympics raised cheers across South America, a continent that is sometimes misunderstood and often underestimated. The setting for an Olympic games could not be more stunning: the city abuts both the ocean and the forest, with roads cut through mountains that majestically …

Global Trade Talk: Too Early for Christmas; Harper’s It Publisher, Moscow Loves Lectures

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka The Target superstore near my house has already put its Halloween merchandise on sale and moved it to make room for…Christmas cards and holiday wreaths. This is the earliest I can ever remember a retailer pushing Christmas product. It’s dismaying, and I’m not alone in feeling so. Earlier this month, Innocent Madawo wrote in the Toronto Sun …

German Buch News: Men Dominate Mobile Web Use; Thalia Adds Digital Interactivity to New Stores

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary New figures on mobile Internet use in Germany have been released by the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Online Forschung (AGOF) [Working Group for Online Media Research]. As reported in the Boersenblatt, the stats, based on a survey of 59 mobile advertisers, revealed that a majority of mobile Internet users are male, young, and educated. Men comprise 60.5% of those who …

Global Trade Talk: Bookseller Retail Awards; Hachette’s POD Facility; Aussie Book Imports

In Global Trade Talk, News by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson At The Bookseller Retail Awards last night, almost all of the major retailers nominated for an award walked away with one. At the start of the ceremony, Bookseller editor-in-chief Niell Denny’s announced that the Retail Awards would merge with the British Bookseller Awards in 2010. A highlight among the presenters was Peter Usborne, who presented the award …

Global Trade Talk: Early UK Holiday Discounting; Would Salinger Appear in Court?

In Global Trade Talk, News by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In the US, retailers may have put their Halloween costumes on sale, but in the UK, at least one major retailer is already discounting hot holiday books. The Bookseller cites the £9.99 r.r.p. for Jamie Oliver’s new book, Jamie’s America, which Waterstone’s is currently offering both online and off in the UK. At £9.99, that’s “62% off …

German Buch News: International Lit Prize Shortlist; Youths Spurn Bookselling

In German Buch News, News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Berlin’s Haus der Kulturen der Welt has announced the shortlist for its first ever “International Literature Prize”, which will be awarded on September 30th, BuchMarkt reports. The list includes works that have been translated into German from English, Persian, and Spanish and includes Daniel Alarcón’s Lost City Radio (originally published by HarperCollins US), DeNiro’s Game by Rawi Hage (published by Anansi …