How Much Do You Tip in Frankfurt?

In Frankfurt Tips by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson A taxi driver in Munich once told me that Americans give the best tips out of any nationality. He was of course willing to accept those bigger tips, but what is polite and how much are you really supposed to give? Taxis Taxi drivers in Germany are accustomed to relatively small tips. Anywhere between 50 cents and …

Need Some Souvenirs from Frankfurt?

In Frankfurt Tips by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Here are two of my favorite stores to find gifts in Frankfurt (they are tried-and-true crowd pleasers): Marimekko Store Marimekko is a Finnish textile and clothing design company. Their patterns are bold and colorful. These patterns inspire the design for Marimekko’s range of kitchen and household items, as well as bags and clothing. The Frankfurt store sells …

Bertelsmann Expose Stirs Controversy in Germany

In Global Trade Talk by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary A book published last week by Campus Verlag is causing quite a fuss at Bertelsmann headquarters in Gütersloh. Bertelsmannrepublik Deutschland is a critical look at the close personal ties between Bertelsmann AG, the corporation, and the Bertelsmann Stiftung, or foundation. The author, Thomas Schuler, particularly calls into question the foundation’s non-profit status and the substantial tax breaks …

How To Book a Train Ticket in Germany

In Frankfurt Tips by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Staying outside the city of Frankfurt during the book fair this year? Planning to travel around Germany before or after the fair? German trains are a great and easy option for regional, national, and international travel. Both commuters and vacationers use the train system extensively. Trains are safe and efficient, despite occasional delays. Here is our quick …

Fallen Angels Take Berlin

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

by Siobhan O’Leary To promote the newly released German edition of Lauren Kate’s New York Times bestselling novel Fallen (Engelsnacht in German) — a book about a teenager who falls for a fallen angel — German publisher and Random House division cbt Verlag set an unusual marketing team on the loose in Berlin last week. Five teens were professionally made …

Media Control Releases German E-book Bestseller List

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary International market research firm Media Control has released its first German bestseller list for e-books. The most downloaded titles for July 2010 were: Andreas Franz: Letale Dosis (Droemer) [Lethal Dose] Tommy Jaud: Hummeldumm (S. Fischer) [Bumble Dumb] Kate Morton: Der verborgene Garten (Diana Verlag) [The Hidden Garden] Stieg Larsson: Vergebung (Heyne) [The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ …

Books on Financial Crisis Dominate German Bestseller Lists

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Though Germany has generally maintained its financial health during the global economic crisis (at least in comparison to the US and some other parts of Europe), books dealing with the global financial crisis are still dominating business book bestseller lists in Germany. According to Buchreport, eight of the current top 15 business books deal with the crisis …

German Indie Publishers Celebrate and Promote at Fifth Annual Gathering

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary On Saturday, German-language independent publishers and their fans gathered together at the beautiful Literarisches Colloquium villa in Berlin for the fifth year in a row to hear readings by some of the most respected voices in German independent publishing. The event drew an impressive crowd of literature enthusiasts. Hosted by the Literarisches Colloquium Berlin (LCB), the event …

Bertelsmann and Holtzbrinck Team for E-book Distribution in Germany

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary German media giants Bertelsmann and Holtzbrinck are teaming up to create an online direct to consumer e-book distribution platform focused on German-language e-books from their own programs, as well as from third parties. According to The Bookseller, the partners have not yet announced a launch date but have submitted paperwork to the European Commission in Brussels for …

World Cup Takes 23% Bite Out of German Book Sales

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary As Team Germany gears up for its make-or-break match with Ghana, Buchreport has released disappointing sales figures for last Friday, when Germany played (and was defeated by) Serbia. Book sales were down a whopping 23% over the same day last year, though the same dramatic effect has not been felt on the days when Germany hasn’t played. …