What’s the Buzz: Merkel Concerned About Online Copyright; Schmidt Wins German Book Prize

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka

On the eve of the opening of the Frankfurt Book Fair, German Chancellor Angela Merkel made it clear that she’s uncomfortable with the proposed Google Book Settlement. Speaking in her weekly video podcast, she expressed excitement about attending the Fair, while adding that “The German government has a clear position: copyrights have to be protected on the internet.” She said there were “considerable dangers” to copyright as it is handled by online companies. It’s likely we can expect more further elaboration from her on the topic when she takes part in the official opening ceremony of the Fair later today.

Kathrin Schmidt won the 2009 German Book Prize for her novel Du stirbst nicht (You’re Not Going to Die) upsetting the favorite, recent Nobel Prize winner Herta Mueller, who was also shortlisted for the award. Schmitt’s book describes the life of a woman recovering from a coma as she slowly regains her ability to communicate and move on her own. As the winner she’ll receive €25,000, while each runner up takes home €2,500. An English language excerpt from the novel, as well as excerpts from all the shortlisted novels, can be read here.

About the Author

Edward Nawotka

A widely published critic and essayist, Edward Nawotka serves as a speaker, educator and consultant for institutions and businesses involved in the global publishing and content industries. He was also editor-in-chief of Publishing Perspectives since the launch of the publication in 2009 until January 2016.