German Buch News: Sales up 14.7%, Online up 30%; Springer Goes POD for Paperbacks; Humann of Carlsen Verlag is Publisher of the Year

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary and Edward Nawotka

Sales in the book trade were up 14.7 percent on the first Saturday of the official holiday shopping season in Germany compared to the same day last year, reports the Borsenblatt. Online booksellers announced an increase of up to 30%. Market research firm Media Control GfK International provided the figures to the Börsenblatt and cited Dan Brown’s Das Verlorene Symbol (The Lost Symbol) as the top-selling title on that day. Diana Gabaldon’s Echo der Hoffnung (An Echo in the Bone) and Frank Schätzing’s Limit followed in second and third place respectively.

In a press release late on Monday, Springer Science+Business Media (Springer) has signed an agreement with CreateSpace, part of Amazon.com’s group of companies, which will make Springer’s paperback book catalog, front, mid- and backlist, available via print-on-demand (POD).

Syed Hasan, Springer’s President of Sales for the Americas said, “Springer, as the largest book publisher in the STM sector, has played an innovative role in the development of STM e-books, and this shift to an inventory-free distribution model using print-on-demand is the next logical step for the future of book publishing.  The convenience for our customers and the obvious economic advantages made this an easy decision to make.”

Klaus Humann, who has been the head of Hamburg-based children’s and YA publisher Carlsen Verlag since 1997, has been named Publisher of the Year by BuchMarkt. Carlsen is the publisher of both the Harry Potter and Twilight series.

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.