German Buch News: Holiday Book Sales Top ’08; Editor to Document Six Months Offline

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary

Book sales for the second Saturday of the official holiday shopping season in Germany were up 2.9% over the same day last year, reports the Borsenblatt. The bestselling title was once again Das Verlorene Symbol (The Lost Symbol) by Dan Brown, with Manfred Lütz’s title Irre – Wir behandeln die Falschen (Insane – We’re Treating the Wrong People) taking over the second spot. Frank Schätzing’s Limit remained in third place.

Stuttgart-based publisher Klett-Cotta has agreed to publish the diary of Alex Rühle, an editor at the Süddeutsche Zeitung, who will spend the next six months “offline” and record the experience. The author offered the project to Klett-Cotta shortly before the Frankfurt Book Fair, according to BuchMarkt, and he has now been Internet- and cell phone-free for just about a week. Klett-Cotta has reverted to corresponding with the author via fax and handwritten notes.

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.