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 …

Using Text to “Enhance” E-books and Other Insights from the 2011 Leipzig Book Fair

In Europe by Siobhan O'Leary

Germany’s second biggest book fair offers a barometer of what’s obsessing the world’s third largest publishing industry By Siobhan O’Leary LEIPZIG: Students from the HTWK Leipzig [Hochschule für Technik, Wirtschaft und Kultur] emerged before a standing room only crowd at an event titled “rethinking the book” at the Leipzig Book Fair on Thursday afternoon, well-prepared to present the fruits of …

Dryas Donates Proceeds From Travel Book to Japan Relief

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary In an almost prescient move, German publisher Dryas Verlag has spent the last year donating 50 cents from every sale of the book Schattenläufer und Perlenmädchen – Abenteuer Alltag in Japan to the Japanese chapter of Doctors Without Borders to be used in the event of an earthquake. In light of the tragic events of the past week, publisher …

German E-books Accounted for 0.5% Revenue in 2010, Breakthrough Expected in 2011

In German Buch News by Edward Nawotka

By Publishing Perspectives staff Germany’s book market is among the top three in size in the world, though e-books remain only a small percentage of overall sales, accounting for 21.2 million Euros in revenue in 2010, or 0.5% of the total market (excluding academic books and textbooks) and just 5.4% of sales, according to a new joint study between the German …

Germany’s De Gruyter Tests PDA…Patron Driven Acquisition, That Is

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary German academic publisher De Gruyter is teaming up with the Forschungszentrum Jülich to test out an acquisition model that aims to better align library spending with customer demand. With “Patron Driven Acquisition” (i.e. acquisition that is determined by customers), a library borrows or purchases a book only when there is a specific demand for it. According to …

Why Multichannel Bookselling is the Future

In Europe by Amanda DeMarco

Bricks-and-mortar stores give booksellers a “human face,” but in the future most books will be sold online. Making the two sales channels complimentary is key. By Amanda DeMarco BERLIN: Anyone who’s been following German book industry publications over the past nine months or so has witnessed the rising popularity of the term “multichannel book selling.” It’s not a new concept, …

Bhutanese Cuisine, Charity Books Among Winners of 2011 Gourmand Cookbook Awards

In Global Trade Talk by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije Gourmand’s 16th Awards took place last night at Paris’ famed music hall, Les Folies Bergeres, following the opening yesterday of the second Paris Cookbook Fair (from which we’ll have our report on Monday). For over two hours Edouard Cointreau’s ever-growing cookbook awards ceremony paid homage to chefs, publishers, photographers and designers, this year with a penchant for …

Germany’s Non-fiction Book Market

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 Christine Proske Bestseller Lists Reflect the State of the Country In my opinion, the non-fiction bestseller lists are always a reflection of the sensitivities of a people. At the beginning of the 1990s, after …

Price Fixing vs Fixed Prices: Europe’s Emerging E-book Quagmire

In Europe, Resources by Edward Nawotka

On Monday, the European Commission investigated several French publishers for illegal e-book price fixing, this in a country with fixed book prices. Ironic, hypocritical…or merely confusing? By Edward Nawotka Yesterday we learned from a dozen news sources that on March 1 several European publishing houses were “raided” by European Commission officials in search of evidence of price fixing among e-book …