German Buch News: No E-book for Dan Brown; Der Club Opens to Non-members

In German Buch News, News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary


Despite the announcement in the US that Doubleday will release an e-book edition of Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol simultaneously with their hardcover edition, Buchreport notes that Brown’s German publisher Lübbe has no plans to release an e-book version of the German translation. However,  Lübbe Audio will be releasing an abridged audio edition for the same price as the print edition — 26 euros.

Though nothing has yet been announced, it is all but official that Club Bertelsmann is developing a new model which would allow non-members to buy their licensed editions in select Club Bertelsmann stores in Germany. A trial period is expected begin at the end of October and will be limited to three branches, says BuchMarkt. Non-members will only be able to purchase books for the full price of the original hardcover edition, while members get the reduced club member rate.

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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.