German Bookstore Chains Growing, But Modestly

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary German bookstore chains are continuing to grow but at a more modest pace than in previous years, given the general decrease in mergers and new store openings. According to the 21st annual report on the largest bookstore chains released by buchreport, market leader Thalia, owned by Douglas AG, increased its lead over the Hugendubel and Weltbild chains …

German Court Stops RapidShare Book Downloads, Threatens Fines and Jail time

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Several of the largest textbook companies in the world, including Bedford, Freeman & Worth; Cengage Learning; Elsevier; the McGraw-Hill Companies; Pearson; and John Wiley & Sons — have won a preliminary injunction in Hamburg, Germany against Swiss-basd filesharing Web site RapidShare, preventing the service from distributing copies of some 148 of the company’s titles. In a report …

Online Dictionary Pons Succeeds with Advertising

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Over the past 18 months, foreign language instructional material publisher Pons has been testing out a new business model for their online dictionary. So far, the results have been positive. Faced with competition from other online language dictionaries like LEO, Pons has turned to advertisers to help finance www.pons.eu. In addition, the site will incorporate more Web …

U of Hong Kong & Springer in Open Access Agreement

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary The University of Hong Kong libraries and Springer have signed an open access agreement that will allow academics who are affiliated with the University to publish their research as open access articles in Springer trade journals. According to the Boersenblatt, the articles will be available in print form through the Springer Open ChoiceTM program following peer reviews …

Building the World’s Biggest Book Club

In English Language by Guest Contributor

By Kathy L. Patrick JEFFERSON, TEXAS: They say everything is bigger in Texas…and it’s true. When I opened Beauty and the Book in January 2000 — the ONLY hair salon/book store in the world — in January 2000, one of the first things I did was start my book club, The Pulpwood Queens of East Texas. We started with six complete strangers …

Lubbe Fighting Lost Symbol Piracy

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary German publisher Lübbe is taking a hardline approach to piracy, particularly with regards to the audiobook version of Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol (Das verlorene Symbol). The Waldorf Chancery in Munich — a staff of attorneys specializing in copyright law — has been asked to send out warnings to individuals who illegally download the audiobook from filesharing …

Berlin Library Assembles Rare Jewish Texts

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Berlin’s national library is assembling a new collection of rare Hebrew and Yiddish texts published by Jewish Holocaust survivors in Displaced Person Camps between 1945 and 1950. Approximately 400 titles were published in the DP camps, around 200 of which are in the library’s possession. According to the Boersenblatt, a majority of the religious texts published were …

German Smartphone Sales to Nearly Double in 2010

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Mobile Internet use is growing in leaps and bounds in Germany thanks to new devices on the market and lower monthly rates, reports the Boersenblatt. Unit sales for smartphones are expected to grow by 47% in 2010, to 8.2 million units (with sales in euros likely to grow 33%, to 1.5 billion euros), based on the tech …

No Surprise: Apple Users Most Likely to Buy iPads

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary One thousand German Internet users were asked by the market research institute Yougovpsychonomics if they plan to buy an iPad this year. As reported in the Boersenblatt, 20% of them answered “yes,” with 4% saying they would definitely purchase one and 16% saying it was very probable. The interest was greatest among people who already use Apple …

German, UK Book Sales Drop in January

In Global Trade Talk by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary and Edward Nawotka Book sales in Germany dropped much like the temperature in January, coming in 7.8% lower than the same month last year. The results, compiled by the Deutsche Industrie- und Handelskammertag and reported in Buchreport, were attributed to a number of factors. First off, January 2010 was one shopping day shorter than January 2009 (which …