German Buch News: Book Sales Down in August; Pubs Flock to Berlin

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By Siobhan O’Leary

Book sales for the month of August showed a slight decline over the same period last year, according to Buchreport. Sales at German retail bookshops declined by 1.9% this year over August 2008 despite the traditional back-to-school boost that August brings. However, sales for the first eight months of the year are still up 1.6% over last year.

Add another name to the list of publishers relocating to Berlin. Aufbau Verlag’s majority shareholder Matthias Koch has acquired an interest in Heidelberg publisher Edition Braus, which will change its name to Edition Braus Berlin Heidelberg GmbH, according to Buchreport. Braus, which specializes in art, photography and lifestyle books, will still have a presence in Heidelberg but move its headquarters to the Kreuzberg section of Berlin in February 2011 — the same building into which Aufbau relocated earlier this year.

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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.