German Buch News: Are Printed Maps a Thing of the Past?

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By Siobhan O’Leary


German publishers may soon realize that the printed map is a thing of the past. According to Buchreport’s latest figures, sales of printed maps declined 21% in mid-2008 and have dropped another 4.6% since this time last year. With more readers turning to the Internet for travel information and more travelers carrying around navigation systems in their pockets, travel publishers are going to have to consider innovative ways to get people to return to paper. For starters, maybe they can create a self-folding version?

BuchMarkt reports that e-book provider will now be giving its customers the option of reading e-books as online documents, without requiring a download. CEO Dr. Werner-Christian Guggemos says that Ciando wants to offer its users — particularly those who don’t always have their e-reader handy — a choice between download and online reading.

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Siobhan O'Leary

Siobhan O’Leary is a literary agent, translator and writer based in Berlin. She previously worked in the Foreign Rights department of the Crown Publishing Group (Random House) and at the publishing consulting firm Market Partners International.