Droemer Knaur’s Neobooks Brings Self-to-Traditional Publishing to Germany

In Europe by Amanda DeMarco

Neobooks, an online writing community launched by German publisher Droemer Knaur, is seeking out the intersection between self publishing and traditional publishing. By Amanda DeMarco BERLIN: Despite what the majority of the German publishing community might think, online author and reader self-publishing communities are not a new phenomenon in the country. Platforms like Epidu or Bookrix have allowed authors to post their …

Germany Legislates Protection for “Content” Creators

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary A new initiative backed by the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels was announced earlier this month in Berlin, the goal of which is to provide stronger representation for the creative industries in politics and beyond. The Deutsche Content Allianz was outlined in a joint declaration to the public and calls for a fair business environment for these industries …

German Kindle Store Launches with 25K Titles

In German Buch News by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Amazon.de announced today the official launch of the Kindle e-bookstore in Germany with 25,000 titles, including “71 of 100 Spiegel bestsellers” as well as “thousands of German classics downloadable for free.” The Kindle e-bookstore is now the largest e-bookstore in Germany. Authors available in Amazon.de’s Kindle store include Arno Geiger, Adler Olsen, Hans Fallada, Stephenie Meyer, Thilo …

Editing Enters the Digital Age in Germany

In German Buch News by Guest Contributor

This article originally appeared in Über:blick — German Book Industry Insight, a publication produced by the Frankfurt Book Fair. DOWNLOAD: the complete Über:blick issue (PDF). By Jörg Sundermeier A survey of ten German editors looks at how the responsibilities of editors have changed, how e-books are influencing the editorial process, and how the very concept of the book is evolving. …

Is Audio Piracy More Insidious Than E-book Piracy?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

What’s at stake is not just the financial cost, but the very authorship of audiobooks. By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story looks at the growing market for audiobooks in Germany. As the story notes, as long as people continue to pay for what they listen to this is a positive development. But digital audiobooks are just as vulnerable to piracy …

Germany’s Audiobook Renaissance

In Europe by Amanda DeMarco

Digitization and professionalization have significantly raised the profile — and sales — of audiobooks in Germany. By Amanda DeMarco If you want to send a German into a nostalgic childhood revery, just bring up The Three Investigators audio dramas (Die Drei???, Die Drei Fragezeichen). Audiobooks and dramas have long been popular for children in Germany, but in the last five to …

Swiss to Reinstate Fixed Book Prices

In Europe by Amanda DeMarco

The debate over fixed book pricing remains a complicated and volatile one in Europe. By Amanda DeMarco On March 18 the Swiss parliament approved a fixed price system for books in German-speaking Switzerland, both for online and in-store sales as of next year. The debate over fixed book pricing is a complicated and volatile one in Europe. Various degrees of …

Bertelsmann Boosted By Sarrazin’s Million-copy Bestseller

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Random House parent Bertelsmann has announced its final results for 2010, the year of its 175th anniversary, showing signs nearly across the board that cost-saving measures and digital expansion are having a positive impact. Revenues for the Bertelsmann Group as a whole increased by 4.5% to €15.8 billion in 2010 and profits jumped from €35 million to …

Book Review: Funeral for a Dog by Thomas Pletzinger (Germany)

In Book Review by Edward Nawotka

By Gwendolyn Dawson Thomas Pletzinger’s imaginative novel, Funeral for a Dog, proceeds on two parallel planes.  One plane is inhabited by the present-day diary entries of German journalist/ethnographer Daniel Mandelkern recording a brief visit to the Italian lakeside home of reclusive children’s book author Dirk Svensson.  The other plane consists of Svensson’s previously-written memoir about his travels through New York …