German Buch News: Bertelsmann Pay Cuts, Twitter Usage Up

In Feature Articles by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Executives at Bertelsmann’s Gutersloh headquarters were recently hit with diminished bonuses (as much as 50% lower in some cases) and salary cuts. Now, the pay cuts are affecting other employees at Gutersloh, says Buchmarkt. They will not be seeing the 2.5% pay scale increase that was planned for this month, and employees being paid over and above the …

German Buch News: Sales Up Slightly, “Psychological DRM”

In Feature Articles, German Buch News, News by Siobhan O'Leary

by Siobhan O’Leary Despite the worldwide financial crisis, the German book market continues to remain relatively stable, says Buchreport. The Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels (German Publishers & Booksellers Association) has calculated a 1.4% increase in sales for the first five months of 2009. Of course, the book industry should approach this news with cautious optimism: In 2008, the German book …

Spain’s Big Three to Form New Digital Distributor

In Feature Articles by Emily Williams

By Emily Williams MADRID & BARCELONA: Spain has not been on the leading edge of the digital revolution up to this point. Now, after years of observing how the market has developed in other countries, the biggest publishing groups in Spain have decided the moment has come to take a big step forward – and they will do it together. …

German Buch News: “The Readers” premiers, Ebooks for iPhones

In Feature Articles by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Today Publishing Perspectives begins a new daily column that aggregates the best publishing and book news from Germany. Enjoy, and look for similar columns coming from other countries in coming weeks. Following the contentious firing of Elke Heidenreich – who wielded Oprah-like authority over book sales with her program, Lesen, – German TV network ZDF has launched a new series …

Dear Readers

In Feature Articles by Hannah Johnson

We are always looking for ways to improve Publishing Perspectives so that your reading experience is the best it can be. Enjoy our latest new features, and let us know what you think! Friday editorials: Last week, we ran our first editorial piece about an ongoing debate in Germany between literati and digerati. We will continue to run editorial pieces …

How the Tokyo Book Fair Helps Rights Seekers

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka “Japanese publishers don’t have a lot of experience selling rights, so we did what we could to make it easier,” said Eiko Han, spokesperson for the Tokyo International Book Fair, which opens tomorrow and runs through Sunday. “We’ve made it so exhibitors and visitors can put their rights information online. Businesses can search and, if they are …

Macmillan’s Caribbean Dream

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka PORT-OF-SPAIN, TRINIDAD: “I visited a library in Cedros on the southern most part of our island,” said writer and editor Joanne Gail Johnson,”from the outside it looked like an old hut, one with all the filigreed carving on the eaves. You stand there and you can see the sea through the palm trees. It looks almost dilapidated. …

UK’s Myebook Attracts DJs, Gamers, South Americans

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka CHESHIRE, UK: User generated e-book sites are extremely popular in Asia, where widespread access to cheap broadband connections as well as cutting edge telephone and computer hardware have made them the preferred self-publishing platform for writers. The rest of the world is now picking up on the trend, with new sites launching seemingly every week. Myebook.com is …

Weekly Recap: Salinger’s Law, China’s Internet Boycott, Ghana’s New Sleuth, Training CEOs

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka This week at Publishing Perspectives we were hot on the trail of a number of developing stories; including J.D. Salinger’s lawsuit against his nemesis Fredrik Colting and artist Ai Weiwei’s call to boycott the internet in protest of China’s Green Dam computer filtering software (It worked! – see Bonus Material below). We also offered Ghanaian-American novelist Kwei …