Distribution Notes: Bookwire Signs Bonnier’s German Publishers; Frankfurt and IPDA Debut Forum

In News by Porter Anderson

Germany-based Bookwire announces a major new client in ebook distribution, and Frankfurt Book Fair partners with a distribution association on a new networking event.

John Ruhrmann. Image: Bookwire

By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson

Major and Local Ebook Channels
Frankfurt-based digital services provider Bookwire has added the German publisher Bonnier Verlag to its client list and is now responsible for international distribution and marketing of more than 7,000 ebook titles from the company’s catalogs.

In a statement to the press, Bookwire announces, “The collaboration takes in all relevant shops outside the European Union and more than 7,000 ebook titles from the five Bonnier German publishers Piper, Ullstein, Ars Edition, Thienemann-Esslinger, and Carlsen Verlag.

Distribution channels utilized by Bookwire in this new association include Amazon, Apple, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble, as well as such leading country-specific venues as Tagus Books, Wook, Gardners, Bajalibros, Perú eBooks, Siglo del Hombre and Hipertexto.

In a prepared statement, Bookwire managing director John Ruhrmann is quoted, saying, “The cooperation with Bonnier publishers reinforces our alignment to international business in the distributing and marketing ebooks, combined with deeply rooted local expertise.

“Knowledge about local market conditions in individual countries, especially those outside the EU, is essential for successfully positioning catalogs on the market and increasing their market share. That’s exactly what our teams in Latin America and Brazil are for. Constant monitoring of success by Bookwire Analytics Services, both in distribution and in marketing, is another benefit that we can offer our clients.”

Publishing Perspectives‘ interview with Bookwire GmbH’s founder Jens Klingelhöfer is here.

New at Frankfurt: International Publishing Distribution Forum

The Frankfurt Book Fair is partnering with the International Publishing Distribution Association (IPDA) to offer the first International Publishing Distribution Forum at the Buchmesse this year during the fair, October 11-15.

“The Forum will give international distributors and publishers the chance to connect and open new business channels,” reads promotional material on the event.

The forum is a B2B networking event, set to take place at the business lounge and stage of the Hot Spot Publishing Services in Halle 4.0 J25 on Thursday, October October at 5:30 p.m.

The program is recommended particularly publishing players looking to expand their networks and open new commercial opportunities.

IPDA is an international organization of companies and associations in the field of distribution. Its range goes beyond book distribution to include companies working in distribution of magazines and newspapers, and in print and digital formats.

The organization is based in Madrid, and José Manuel Anta, managing director, says that the event will include a keynote commentary and introductory remarks, leading to the chance for participants to meet and explore business possibilities at the international level.

Registration information for the free event is here.

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Porter Anderson

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Porter Anderson has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson was for more than a decade a senior producer and anchor with CNN.com, CNN International, and CNN USA. As an arts critic (Fellow, National Critics Institute), he was with The Village Voice, the Dallas Times Herald, and the Tampa Tribune, now the Tampa Bay Times. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman.