Massive Global Release Planned for Funke

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Fans of Cornelia Funke, author of the international bestsellers The Thief Lord and Inkheart, will be happy to know that her new novel Reckless is set to go on sale on September 14th. As reported in the Boersenblatt, the total number of hardcover copies printed is expected to surpass the one million mark. The book will also be released …

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Txtr E-Reader Delayed

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary You’ll have to wait a little longer to get your hands on the much anticipated txtr e-reader. The Berlin-based company wrote on its blog that problems arose in the mass production of the device that had not surfaced in smaller samples, and distribution will be delayed until the issue — which affected the device’s wireless component — …

Publishing Expats: Working in France, Germany, Estonia and Ireland

In Europe by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Some do it for love. Others for adventure. Many just want a simple change of pace. Moving abroad has its clear advantages and can be rife with challenges, but in the past decade, a number of Americans in publishing have been unable to resist the siren song of the expat lifestyle and have moved to Europe — …

Lübbe Experiments with Exclusive Follett E-book Sale

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Americans aren’t the only ones experimenting with e-book marketing and publication schedules. German publisher Lübbe gave book chain Weltbild exclusive rights to sell the e-book version of Ken Follett’s Die Tore der Welt (The Pillars of the Earth) for three weeks, starting December 28. According to Buchreport, Lübbe wanted to see if the promotion would help boost paperback sales …

German Minister Threatens Legal Action to Fight Google

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary German Federal Minister of Justice Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger recently spoke out against Google in an interview with Der Spiegel, and her criticism was not limited to Google Books. She stated that its services like Google Earth and Google Street View should undergo a legal review and that Google should be much more transparent in its approach to gathering …

Wagenbach Verlag Wins Kurt Wolff Prize

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary This year’s The €26,000 Kurt Wolff Prize has been awarded to Klaus Wagenbach, founder and publisher of the Berlin-based Wagenbach Verlag. The award is granted each year by the Kurt Wolff Foundation to an independent publisher or publishing house. Wagenbach was honored for his decades of service to independent publishing and his dedication to preserving literary quality …

Should Governments Try to Out-Google Google Books?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka A number of European countries, including Germany (as discussed in today’s lead article), France, and Spain have launched national book digitization projects. But the question remains, should book digitization projects should be taken on by public institutions or left in the hands of private enterprise? Or is there a hybrid model, such as Harvard University’s co-operation with …

Germany Challenges Google Books at Its Own Game

In Europe by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary BERLIN: Nowhere has there been more hand ringing about the Google Books project than in Europe. In Germany, the issue even attracted the attention of Chancellor Angela Merkel, who expressed her displeasure with the Google Book settlement prior to the opening of the Frankfurt Book Fair last October. In the intervening months, changes to the settlement have …

Google Editions Coming to Germany in Early 2010

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Google Editions will launch in Germany in the first half of 2010, says Annabella Weisl, Google Book Search Manager for Germany, in an interview with Borsenblatt. She says Google has 9,000 participating publishers and 600,000 titles in Europe, many of which are German. In addition, a supplementary agreement for German publishers who want to participate in the Google …

Half of Bookstore Purchases are Impromptu

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Those who buy books online shop differently from those who go to the bookstore, according to a survey conducted by Germany’s GfK market research group and reported in the Boersenblatt. For one thing, 70% of book orders placed on Amazon.de are planned ahead of time. Impulse buys are much more common in brick and mortar stores. GfK …