German Buch News: Amazon Tops Ranking of Germany’s Online Stores; Court Rules for More Pay for Translators

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary

The German E-Commerce Center Handel (ECC) — a research and consulting firm focused on e-commerce — has released the results of its ECC Shopmonitor “image ranking” survey of online shops in Germany. As reported in the Boersenblatt, Amazon landed in the top position. The ECC asked 1,000 people representative of internet users to rate online shops on a five-point scale ranging from very good to very bad. Tchibo was next in line and Weltbild came in at number five. For the full results click here.

The German high court ruled on Wednesday that literary translators will now be entitled to claim a percentage of the proceeds of books that sell more than 5,000 copies. Translators will be continue to receive a guaranteed fee — an advance of sorts — and when a title sells more than 5,000 copies, the translator will be entitled to 0.8% net receipts for hardcover books sold and 0.4% for paperbacks sold. The ruling came about after a translator sued a German publishing group after being paid 15 Euros per page to translate two novels from English into German, a fee she felt was inadequate.

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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.