Literary Life on the Internet: Germany’s Best Book Sites

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 Thomas Palzer The success and acceptance of social websites, platforms and online forums is not determined solely by the financial power of the people who run them. What counts are innovative concepts that manage …

How Visible Is Arabic Lit on the International Scene?

In Growth Markets by Guest Contributor

This article is part of a series on publishing in the Middle East which is sponsored by the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair. By Yasmina Jraissati As a literary agent specialized in representing Arabic literature for world translation rights, I am often asked how visible Arabic literature is on the international scene. This question most of the time translates into: …

How German Booksellers Are Responding to the Digital Challenge

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 Tamara Weise The Internet has changed everything — from the way people use media to their buying habits. For many Germans, finding out more about a book online and also buying it on the …

Deutsche Telekom To Enter the E-book Business

In German Buch News by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson The Financial Times Deutschland reported yesterday that among other new services, Deutsche Telekom will launch an e-book distribution platform in the coming weeks. FTD interviewed Edward Kozel, the Chief Technology and Innovation Officer for Deutsche Telekom. Kozel did not directly comment on an e-book platform, but he did say, “We are speaking with content providers about selling …

Adapted Hist-Fic Huge on German Boob Tube, Tie-ins Take Off Too

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

by Siobhan O’Leary Author and literary critic Elke Heidenreich once wielded enough power to make a book a bestseller in Germany simply by mentioning it on her television show Lesen!. When ZDF cancelled her show in late 2008 amidst controversial debates about its quality, many saw it as a sign that television networks now deemed books too unsexy for prime …

“Translators are the Bottleneck” in Iceland’s Prep for Star Turn at Frankfurt 2011

In Europe by Amanda DeMarco

By Amanda DeMarco You probably never expected to hear this in reference to Icelandic literature: “Translators are the bottleneck.” But as German publishers gear up for Iceland to be the Guest of Honor at the upcoming Frankfurt Book Fair, that’s exactly how Kristof Magnusson describes the situation. Magnusson, a writer whose most recent novel Das war ich nicht was long-listed for …

German Flip-Flopping on Translator Compensation Angers Everyone

In German Buch News by Edward Nawotka

By Siobhan O’Leary A recent ruling by Germany’s Federal Court of Justice has both German translators and publishers up in arms regarding translator compensation. The Bundesgerichtshof has ruled that German translators are now entitled to claim 20% of the net income earned by the author of the original language edition for any ancillary rights sold, including German paperback and audiobook …

Der Facebook-Effekt: Carl Hanser Verlag and DLD Conference Collaborate on Book Series

In German Buch News by Edward Nawotka

By Siobhan O’Leary The seventh annual DLD conference is underway in Munich and one book that is sure to land in the spotlight is the German edition of The Facebook Effect by journalist and author David Kirkpatrick. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TuFkupUn7k Publisher Carl Hanser Verlag has teamed up with DLD Media to publish the German edition of the book (Der Facebook-Effekt), which bears both …

Decamping from Frankfurt: Eichborn Moving to Berlin, Ponders Merger with Aufbau

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Following Suhrkamp’s headling-grabbing move from Frankfurt to Berlin last year, many in the German publishing industry wondered if it was an isolated incident or if other publishers would follow suit. Now Eichborn has announced its intention to join the ranks of publishers headquartered in the German capital — specifically in Aufbau’s future permanent home in Berlin. For …