German Chain Thalia On Track for A Billion Euros in Sales

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By Siobhan O’Leary Worldwide revenues for Germany’s largest book chain Thalia have increased by 9.3% to a total of 498 million euros for the first half of 2010. (However, in a pure apples to apples comparison taking new store openings into account, that increase drops to only +2%). Parent company The Douglas Group reports that Thalia is on target to …

Publisher Vends Books Via Old Cigarette Machines

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By Siobhan O’Leary Hamburg-based publisher Automatenverlag is hoping that locals won’t be able to kick the habit of buying books on the go once they start. The publisher has refurbished and repurposed old cigarette automats for the purpose of selling books, focusing on the neighborhood surrounding the University of Hamburg. The books — all original texts by Hamburg authors, ranging …

Publishing Paradox: Germany’s Random House Audio Starts Print Imprint

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By Siobhan O’Leary Plenty of trade publishing groups have launched their own audio divisions, but now, turning the tables, Random House Audio in Germany is starting its own printed book line. According to the Boersenblatt, the new imprint, Tag & Nacht (Day & Night) will release its first three titles in September and will focus on “modern, intelligent entertainment” (both …

Pre-order Your WePad on Amazon.de

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By Siobhan O’Leary The Financial Times Deutschland reports that Germany’s WePad is now available online for pre-order exclusively via Amazon.de — at least until the official launch of the device, which is still scheduled for August. The agreement was confirmed both by Amazon and Berlin-based WePad creator Neofonie. There are plans for the device to be available in stores after …

Win a Virtual Gold Medal for Learning English

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By Siobhan O’Leary Foreign language dictionary publisher Langenscheidt is testing out the social media waters by offering a new free Facebook language course application. Those who sign up for the Englisch in 5 Minuten app will receive new lessons every two days which can be downloaded as PDFs and also include an audio component. The reward for finishing? A virtual …

Saramago Dumps German Publisher Over Disputed Blog

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By Siobhan O’Leary Portuguese Nobel Prize winner and international bestseller José Saramago, who has been published in German by Rowohlt Verlag to this point, is moving houses to Hoffmann und Campe. In a statement to the Boersenblatt, Rowohlt spokeswoman Regina Steinicke revealed that the split resulted from a disagreement over the publication of Saramago’s blog in printed form under Rowohlt …

Amazon.de Remains Germany’s Top Online Retailer

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By Siobhan O’Leary A survey of the 1,000 largest German online retailers conducted by the EHI Retail Institute reveals that the ten largest are responsible 25% of overall online sales Germany and the top 100 are responsible for two-thirds of sales. In comparison, according to buchreport’s recent analysis of the 50 largest German book retailers, the top 10 brick and …

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E-booksellers Ciando, txtr Add Publishers, Titles

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By Siobhan O’Leary German e-book retailer ciando has sealed deals with publishers Droemer Knaur, Fischer, Kiepenheuer & Witsch and Rowohlt to make 1,300 of their fiction and non-fiction e-book titles available on both of its platforms: www.ciando.com and www.bookson.de. As reported in a press release from ciando, the books will all be available in EPUB format. The new partnerships will allow ciando to build upon the …

Many Germans Absent from LBF

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By Siobhan O’Leary Like much of the rest of the world, many German publishers headed to the London Book Fair were stopped in their tracks by the wrath of Eyjafjallajökull. According to the Boersenblatt, representatives of S. Fischer, Tessloff, KiWi and Rowohlt were among those who did not make it to the Fair. Suhrkamp staff were also grounded and at …

Germany’s WePad to Rival iPad

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By Siobhan O’Leary Hot on the heels of the release of Apple’s iPad, Berlin-based firm Neofonie has introduced its own tablet PC, aptly called the WePad. According to BuchMarkt, the “We” is meant to represent the openness of the product and of the company to partnerships with technology and media companies. The WePad is a joint venture of Neofonie and …