German Buch News: Ciando/Claudio Team-up; Online X-mas Shoppers Growing; More Google Settlement Reaction

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary

E-book provider ciando and online audio book retailer are joining forces to offer a broader portfolio to their customers, reports BuchMarkt. ciando’s database of e-books now consists of 35,000 titles from 450 publishers, which will now also be available on In exchange, Claudio’s 10,000 audio books from 250 publishers will now also be available in mp3 format at

According to the German IT association Bitkom and Forsa, 20% of all Germans over the age of 14 will buy their gifts online this holiday season—that’s a third more than last year and a total of 14.3 million people, according to the Boersenblatt. Age was a key differential, with one third of those surveyed between the ages of 18 and 44 and only 3% of those over the age of 60 planning to buy their gifts online. In addition, 23% of men planned to buy their gifts online, as opposed to 18% of women.

Buchreport has compiled a vast range of reactions to the revised Google Settlement from prominent figures in the German publishing industry. Joerg Pfuhl, CEO of Random House Germany, for example, points out that further negotiation is necessary, given that Google is not subject to restrictions regarding the scanning of German-language titles in the US. Imre Török, head of the Federation of German Authors, describes the revisions as a decisive victory, despite certain unresolved questions regarding “orphan” works. On the other hand, Konstantin Wegner of the law firm SKW Schwarz states that, although all of the negative aspects of the original settlement are now off the table, so, too, are all of the opportunities.

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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.