Tell Us Translators, Are You Underpaid?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Our lead article today discusses how a translator sued a German publishing group for paying her 15 Euros per page to translate two novels from English into German, a sum she felt was too low. As a consequence, the German Federal Court of Justice ruled that translators are now entitled to claim a percentage of the proceeds …

Translators say, “Show Me the Monnaie

In Europe by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary BERLIN: Thousands of translators across Europe and the rest of the world spend their days and nights scanning their dictionaries and thesauruses for le mot juste, making their living working on everything from novels to air conditioner repair manuals. And while translators, particularly of literary texts, are ultimately tasked with the responsibility of matching the precision and …

German Publishing M&A Activity Down in 09

In German Buch News by Edward Nawotka

By Siobhan O’Leary There were only 38 mergers and acquisitions in the German publishing and media industries in 2009, as compared with 66 in 2008, according to the consulting firm Bartholomäus & Cie and as reported in Buchreport. The acquisition of bol.com from the Holtzbrinck Group by Dutch equity investor Cyrte Investments was, according to B&C, the largest deal in the …

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Börsenverein Welcomes iPad, txtr Readies App

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Though Apple’s iPad may not be available in Europe for months, the Börsenverein des deutschen Buchhandels (German Publishers and Booksellers Association) has nonetheless released a statement about it, pointing out that they are pleased to see another device on the market that will make the mobile reading of e-books more attractive.  The Börsenverein also applauded Apple for …

Consider the Customer and Other Lessons from the DLD Conference

In Europe by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Consumer-oriented innovation, online content strategy and digital brand management were at the center of many discussions and panels during the Digital Life Design Conference (DLD), which ended on Tuesday in Munich, Germany. DLD was started six years ago by Hubert Burda Media, one of Germany’s largest magazine publishers, as an invitation-only “platform for progression” and a meeting …

Google’s Chief Legal Officer on China at DLD Day 2

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Day 2 at the Digital Life Design conference in Munich, Germany included a lineup of C-level stars from media and technology companies like MySpace, Amazon, Demand Media, and Google. David Drummond, Google’s Chief Legal Officer, answered questions from Burda Media CEO Paul Bernhard Kallen, Jeff Jarvis and the audience about China and transparency. Panelist also discussed marketing …

Amazon.de Guilty of Flouting Fixed Price Laws

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary In the David vs. Goliath-esque battle between Buchhandlung Schopf in northern Germany and Amazon, the little guy has come out on top.  As we reported last month, the bookstore took Amazon to court for allegedly flouting Germany’s fixed book price laws. According to the Buchreport the Hamburg regional court has ruled against Amazon, stating that it must …

The State of the Digital Economy at DLD Conference

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson This Sunday through Tuesday, the Digital Life Design conference is taking place in Munich, Germany. Run by Hubert Burda Media (one of Germany’s largest magazine and broadcast publishers), the conference this year will explore “the state of the digital economy.” Speakers come from all sectors of digital media and technology, including Jeff Jarvis and Amazon CTO Werner …

Booksellers to Shed Clothes to Save Jobs

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Fewer Germans are landing training jobs at bookstores, says the German Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training. As reported in buchreport, just 578 people completed apprenticeships in bookselling in 2009, that’s some 26.6% fewer than in 2008.  This may not come as a huge surprise given that both the Hugendubel and Mayersche book chains announced last …

Tech Offers Opportunities for Travel Publishers

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Don’t feel like schlepping both your travel guide and your digital camera on your next vacation? You may not have to in the very near future if Samsung’s new WB650 touchscreen camera with GPS and built-in map is any indication. The Boersenblatt suggests that it might not be a bad idea for travel guide publishers to collaborate …