Swiss to Reinstate Fixed Book Prices

In Europe by Amanda DeMarco

*+-The debate over fixed book pricing remains a complicated and volatile one in Europe. By Amanda DeMarco On March 18 the Swiss parliament approved a fixed price system for books in German-speaking Switzerland, both for online and in-store sales as of next year. The debate over fixed book pricing is a complicated and volatile one in Europe. Various degrees of …

Using Text to “Enhance” E-books and Other Insights from the 2011 Leipzig Book Fair

In Europe by Siobhan O'Leary

*+-Germany’s second biggest book fair offers a barometer of what’s obsessing the world’s third largest publishing industry By Siobhan O’Leary LEIPZIG: Students from the HTWK Leipzig [Hochschule für Technik, Wirtschaft und Kultur] emerged before a standing room only crowd at an event titled “rethinking the book” at the Leipzig Book Fair on Thursday afternoon, well-prepared to present the fruits of …

Google Books auf Deutsch

In Digital by Guest Contributor

*+-Interview by Nicholas Gary Yesterday’s news about Hachette Livre’s deal with Google to scan and sell 40 to 50,000 out-of-print books came as something of a surprise to many. Could the same thing happen in Germany? Annabella Weiss, the manager for Google Books for Germany, Austria and Switzerland, won’t say. But she did speak with Nicholas Gary of Actualitté, about what …

Indie Swiss Pubs Promote Books on Juice Bottle Labels

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

*+-By Siobhan O’Leary An association of independent Swiss publishers known as Swips is juicing up its marketing activities on behalf of its members. Literally. Founded three years ago, the organization is now teaming up with organic smoothie producer Traktor to launch an unconventional new campaign giving its 22 member publishers the opportunity to feature poems, book excerpts or very short …

Swiss Publisher Spurns ISBNs, Opts for Direct to Consumer

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

*+-By Siobhan O’Leary When independent Swiss publisher Urs Engeler lost the financial support of his patron last year, he opted to divest himself of the traditional structures of publishing, rather than close up shop. As he recently told the Boersenblatt in an interview, staying in business meant anything but business as usual. Founded in 1995, his eponymous publishing house focuses …