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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.

German Buch News: Inflation Boosts Sales Stats

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By Siobhan O’Leary The average price of  a book in Germany is up 27 cents to €11.55 — a 2.4% increase over last year. According to buchreport, this — and not an increase in demand — accounts for the 2.3% increase in sales for the first seven months of 2009 compared to the same period last year. According to a …

German Buch News: Amazon’s New 500 Euro Fine

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By Siobhan O’Leary Amazon.de has announced that as of August 24th, it will be charging German publishers a penalty of 500 Euros for any form of non-compliance with the terms of its Vendor Manual and operational policies, particularly regarding shipping instructions. One unnamed publisher from a well-known house complained to BuchMarkt that publishers should not have to pay for simple, …

German Buch News: Langenscheidt Goes POD for Tech Dictionaries

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By Siobhan O’Leary Effective immediately, Langenscheidt will be printing three of its biggest English-German technical dictionaries on demand. According to buchreport, the content of the PoD versions will be based on the annually updated electronic versions of the Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Electronics, and Technology and Applied Sciences dictionaries. Prices will range from 119 and 169 Euros — …

German Buch News: Operation Parasite Publishing

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By Siobhan O’Leary Under the unflattering headline “Operation Parasite Publishing,” the FAZ reports on the reaction to a Google Book Search roundtable held recently in Munich. The article describes the library project as a mere accessory to Google’s “gigantic offensive” to steamroll the entire book trade and become the biggest bookseller in the world.”Things change, situations change,” said Annabella Weisl, the Google …

German Buch News: Campus Crashes Anderson; New iApps

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By Siobhan O’Leary On the heels of Chris Anderson’s much-tweeted-about interview in Der Spiegel, Buchreport interviewed Franziska Schiebe, the online representative of Anderson’s German publisher, Campus Verlag. Schiebe announced that Campus has moved up publication of Anderson’s Free to September (from Spring 2010) to take advantage of the buzz that has erupted in the wake of the 300,000 free downloads of the …

German Buch News: Parliamentary Support for Google

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By Siobhan O’Leary The Research Services group of the German Parliament is now weighing in on the pros and cons of Open Access and Google Book Search.  As reported in Boersenblatt, the group has issued a 19-page letter stating that opposition to the concept of Open Access is nearly impossible to comprehend. The report praises the transparency of Google’s compensation …

German Buch News: Books are #3 in Online Shopping Popularity

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By Siobhan O’Leary A recent survey conducted by Bitkom (the German Association for Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media), published in the Boersenblatt, reveals that books are the third most popular products purchased online. Plane and train tickets were first, while concert tickets came in second. According to Bitkom, 35% of those surveyed have purchased a book online. Music landed …

German Buch News: Why Free isn’t Frei

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By Siobhan O’Leary The Handelsblatt blog calls the idea of “free” online content a myth, or better still, an easy excuse. The post describes time as the scarcest of our resources and that consumers pay for their seemingly free content by offering up what little time they have. What if all newspapers, magazines, etc., were to protect their content behind …

German Buch News: E-book Prices; Suhrkamp’s American Editor

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By Siobhan O’Leary The launch of B&N’s e-book store has sparked renewed debate about e-book pricing in Germany.  Head of Libreka Ronald Schild told buchreport that the price debate will really get started at the end of the year, when German publishers are expected to release far more bestsellers as e-books. German e-books are typically priced around the same as …

German Buch News: More on Amazon v. Orwell; Bookface.de

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By Siobhan O’Leary The German trades are full of talk about the Amazon Orwell deletion. Among the most notable is the short opinion piece by Boersenblatt editor Holger Heimann which compared the deletion to a bookseller sneaking into someone apartment to reclaim books that have already been purchased. “Disaster is inevitable. A precedent has been set,” he wrote. Buchreport.de highlights …