Biggest E-Book Deal in Germany, Ever

In German Buch News by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka According to an announcement from Springer: “The German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB) and the German National Library of Medicine (ZB MED) have signed an extensive and ground-breaking agreement for access to Springer eBooks on SpringerLink. The agreement represents the largest eBook deal ever to have been signed in Germany, and is, in fact, a …

Seiler’s Die Zeitwagge Fan Fav at Leipzig Book Fair

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Online voting for the Leipzig Book Fair Prize has ended and Suhrkamp’s Die Zeitwaage (The Timing Machine) by Lutz Seiler is the crowd favorite with 38% of the vote (read through the book here). Readers had the opportunity to vote for their favorite nominee in the fiction category on the official website of the prize, as well …

International iPad Coming in April

In What's the Buzz by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Though the wireless, non-3G version of the iPad is scheduled for release on April 3rd in the US, Apple has announced that it will be released in Germany at the end of April. As reported in the Boersenblatt, the German iBookStore will be open for business this year (though no specific date was provided) and the prices …

Libri.Connect brings E-books to Bricks-and-Mortar Stores

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary German wholesaler Libri has come up with a solution for purchasing e-books in traditional brick-and-mortar bookstores. With the Libri.Digital model, customers can search for and order a title in-store using Libri.Connect software specifically created for this purpose. They can then purchase the e-book directly at the register and receive a download link via e-mail. According to buchreport, …

German Book Sales down 7.5% without last year’s Meyer sales

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary German book sales did not leave much room for optimism in February, coming in 7.5% under last year’s results. This follows a slow start in January and demonstrates just how powerful a role the Stephenie Meyer bump played in boosting sales last year. According to buchreport, if sales of the two most successful Meyer titles in 2009 …

The Mistake on Page 1,032: On Translating Infinite Jest into German

In Digital by Amanda DeMarco

By Amanda DeMarco “The limits of my language are the limits of my world,” Ulrich Blumenbach quotes Wittgenstein as saying in a Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung article to describe the challenges and inducements of the six years he spent translating David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest (Unendlicher Spass) into German — something he did without input from the author, who refused to speak to …

Author Liao Yiwu Under House Arrest in China

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Chinese novelist and poet Liao Yiwu expected to participate in the LitCologne festival in Germany, which takes place March 10-20, but he has instead been placed under house arrest. Liao, whose work is banned in China, had already boarded the plane in Chengdu on Monday when he was escorted off by authorities. BuchMarkt reported that although Liao …

New Spanish Books…in German

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary The Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade (ICEX) is teaming up with the Spanish Publishers Association to make books from Spain and Latin America more accessible to a German audience with the new online platform New Spanish Books (www.newspanishbooks.de). In addition to reaching out to a consumers, the goal of the platform is also to promote the translation …

German Bookstore Chains Growing, But Modestly

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary German bookstore chains are continuing to grow but at a more modest pace than in previous years, given the general decrease in mergers and new store openings. According to the 21st annual report on the largest bookstore chains released by buchreport, market leader Thalia, owned by Douglas AG, increased its lead over the Hugendubel and Weltbild chains …

German Court Stops RapidShare Book Downloads, Threatens Fines and Jail time

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Several of the largest textbook companies in the world, including Bedford, Freeman & Worth; Cengage Learning; Elsevier; the McGraw-Hill Companies; Pearson; and John Wiley & Sons — have won a preliminary injunction in Hamburg, Germany against Swiss-basd filesharing Web site RapidShare, preventing the service from distributing copies of some 148 of the company’s titles. In a report …