German Buch News: E-book Prices; Suhrkamp’s American Editor

In German Buch News, News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary

Webster Younce, now of Suhrkamp Verlag

Webster Younce, now of Suhrkamp Verlag

The launch of B&N’s e-book store has sparked renewed debate about e-book pricing in Germany.  Head of Libreka Ronald Schild told buchreport that the price debate will really get started at the end of the year, when German publishers are expected to release far more bestsellers as e-books. German e-books are typically priced around the same as the print edition. What will it mean when the English-language equivalent is being sold for a quarter of the price on Amazon?” wonders buchreport, which calls on publishers to devise daring new pricing strategies.

As reported in the New York Observer and Publishers Lunch, Suhrkamp Verlag, which is moving from Frankfurt to Berlin at the end of the year, has hired Holt Senior Editor Webster Younce to acquire English language books. Prior to working at Holt, Younce was an editor at a variety of publishing houses, including Houghton Mifflin, Random House, and Picador USA.

The “Library of Burned Books” has now found a permanent home at the library of the University of Augsburg, says Borsenblatt.  Assembled by Georg P. Salzmann over 30 years, it includes around 12,000 volumes of works by authors whose books were destroyed during the infamous book burning on May 10, 1933 or were banned during the Nazi era.

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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.