Laurenz Bolliger to Join Dumont Buchverlag

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Starting July 1st, Laurenz Bolliger will be heading up the international fiction program for Dumont Buchverlag. Bolliger was most recently at Suhrkamp. Prior to that, he was editor-in-chief of the paperback division of Berlin Verlag, focused on acquiring international fiction. Dumont’s international authors include John Cheever, Michel Houellebecq and Haruki Murakami.

Bookrix Self-pub Site Goes Mobile

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary BookRix.de — a free social media community of authors, readers and publishers that allows authors to self-publish their work online — has now launched a mobile site (mobile.bookrix.de) featuring more than 25,000 e-books available for free download. The books are available in EPUB format, searchable by keyword and broken down into 55 categories, ranging from novels to …

Germans Lag Behind in Social Networking

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary A survey of 1,700 PR and press professionals conducted by “news aktuell und Faktenkontor”, a subsidiary of the dpa, as reported in the Borsenblatt, reveals that only a third of German companies have developed a specific social media strategy and only one-tenth of them actually put their money where their Tweets are (i.e. budget additional funds for …

WePad Becomes WeTab, Delayed to September

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary The tablet-formerly-known-as-WePad is facing a few challenges in the run-up to its launch. Firstly, Neofonie, the Berlin-based creator of the iPad rival has just announced that the launch of the WeTab will be pushed back three months to September. Pre-ordering will continue via amazon.de. As Buchreport points out, the WeTab is not the first much-hyped device to …

Free Book Giveaway: One More Story by Ingo Schulze

In What's the Buzz by Helen Gregg

By Helen Gregg This month, the German Book Office NY is giving away 10 copies of our Book of the Month, One More Story by Ingo Schulze, a collection of short stories. New Year’s Eve 1999, Berlin. At a party to kick off the twenty-first century, Frank Reichert meets Julia, his lost love. Since their separation in the fall of …

Newspaper Tests Pirate Bay Founder’s Micro Payment System

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By Siobhan O’Leary German newspaper die Tageszeitung (die TAZ for short) is testing out a new online social micro payment model started by Swede Peter Sunde, co-founder of The Pirate Bay. To this point, die TAZ has financed its online edition with ads, but now readers can voluntarily pay for content using a service called Flattr. How does it work? …

Argon Fails to Raise Euros for Cory Doctorow Audiobook

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary As we reported last month, German audiobook publisher Argon recently launched an experiment to see if it could raise 9,000 euros in three weeks to finance an unabridged audiobook of Cory Doctorow’s book Little Brother that would be available for free online under a Creative Commons license. Well, it didn’t go so well. The publisher was only …

One Week Away, Interest in German iPad on the Rise

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Just over a week before the launch of the iPad in Germany, a survey conducted by Forsa on behalf of German mobile company The Phone House revealed that nearly a quarter of those surveyed who had already heard of the iPad expressed interest in purchasing the device. As reported in the Boersenblatt, a vast majority of them …