By Siobhan O’Leary
On the heels of Chris Anderson’s much-tweeted-about interview in Der Spiegel, Buchreport interviewed Franziska Schiebe, the online representative of Anderson’s German publisher, Campus Verlag. Schiebe announced that Campus has moved up publication of Anderson’s Free to September (from Spring 2010) to take advantage of the buzz that has erupted in the wake of the 300,000 free downloads of the unabridged e-book in the US. Campus will publish an e-book version, but that will not be available for free download, and the hardcover edition will be sold for a hefty €39.90.
Several new book-related iPhone apps are featured in BuchMarkt, including the newPolyglott Travel Guides, which are currently available for Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne, London, Madrid, Munich, Paris, Rome, Venice and Vienna, with additional destinations planned. Each guide includes a Langenscheidt language manual augmented with audio, and can also plan their trip with a function called “My Tour.” The add-ons boost the price to €4.99 in the App Store, which is slightly higher than its competitors.
Swiss publisher Kein & Aber is teaming up with Buchkatalog.de to launch another app for the iPhone at the end of August called BUCHRADAR, which will allow people to find bookstores in their area.