German Buch News: Dissident Ai Weiwei to Miss Frankfrurt; Looking at

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary

The Süddeutsche Zeitung reports that Chinese dissident artist and architect Ai Weiwei has decided not to attend the Frankfurt Book Fair for health reasons. Ai has been recovering in a Munich hospital from surgery to treat a brain injury which has been attributed to a beating he received in August from state police in Sichuan while reporting about the deaths of schoolchildren during last year’s earthquake. The SZ adds that it is unknown whether Ai was pressured in any way by the Chinese government to make his decision, but the newspaper stated that his “scars are healing relatively slowly.”

Buchreport continues its series on the most important web startups in Germany, this time focusing on, which provides information about art and cultural travel destinations in Germany and Europe. Founded in August, the site features audio guides (some free, some for a fee), photos, and art guides both for adults and children. The content is all linked to a map and can be researched by location. Users can even upload their own stories, photos, reviews and travel tips. Pausanio’s business model relies on selling audio guides, advertising, and deriving additional income from affiliate programs with publishers and Amazon.

About the Author

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.