Top US/UK Trade Talk: Frank McCourt’s Passing; Amazon’s Deletions

In Feature Articles, Global Trade Talk, News by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Though it’s not strictly trade news, many have noted the passing of bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning Irish-American memoirist Frank McCourt, who died from cancer on Sunday afternoon. He was 78. Frank, may a properly pulled pint be waiting for you when you arrive at St. Peter’s Gate. Trade news on both side of the Atlantic has focuses …

German Buch News: G+J’s Buchholz joins B’mann’s Exec Board

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

By Siobhan O’Leary Boersenblatt reports that Gruner + Jahr CEO Bernd Buchholz has been named to Bertelsmann’s Executive Board. He will continue as CEO of G+J and will receive no additional compensation for this new role. After a short stint in politics, Buchholz worked for G+J in various capacities starting in the late 1990s and has been CEO since the …

Why Publishing Cannot Be Saved (As It Is)

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Editorial by Richard Eoin Nash The book business is a tiny industry perched atop a massive hobby. But rather than celebrate and serve the hobbyists, we expect them to shell out ever more money for the books we keep throwing at them (a half million English-language books in 2008 in the U.S.). Cutting back might work for individual companies, but …

Top US/UK Trade Talk: McGraw-Hill Shrinks; Managers Buy Borders UK

In Feature Articles, Global Trade Talk, News by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka McGraw-Hill Education has re-organized it’s elhi division and laid off 335 people (after eliminating 445 people last year), reports Publishers Weekly. The wider McGraw-Hill company is eliminating another 210  positions throughout the firm. Publishers Lunch also focused on the lay-offs, noting: “The company’s announcement, however, simply focuses on ‘creating  achievement-focused preK-12 education group to help students develop …

German Buch News: Merkel Commits to Frankfurt, Schwarze Becomes a Chevalier

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By Siobhan O’Leary The Boersenblatt reports that Chancellor Angela Merkel is planning to attend the opening of this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair on October 13th.  It is still unclear which political figures will represent Guest of Honor China at the fair, but what is clear is that the opportunity for political and cultural discourse will be a priority. Longtime Aufbau …

Despite Down Economy, Remainders Still a Great Way to Make Money

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka KNOXVILLE, TN: “For a long time the remainder market wasn’t considered a legitimate part of the book trade,” says Larry May.  May, who runs The Spring Book Show and the Great American Bargain Book Show, remainder book trade fairs held in Atlanta and Boston respectively, believes that perception has finally turned around. “Maybe it’s the economy, but …

Publisher Witnessed Assassination During Tehran Protests

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By Chip Rossetti TEHRAN: Amid the post-election turmoil and public protests that have roiled Iran over the last several weeks, one of the most poignant (and potent) symbols for the opposition has been Neda Agha-Soltan, the young woman shot by a government sniper in the midst of the Tehran crowds on June 20. A short, shaky video of her death …

German Buch News: Bertelsmann Pay Cuts, Twitter Usage Up

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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 …

Canada’s Suite101 Writers Profit, Expanding to France, Spain

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by Craig Morgan Teicher VANCOUVER, B.C.: “I sometimes see us more like a service to writers than just a publication. We want to make them successful,” said Peter Berger, the German CEO of Suite101, a company whose online magazine features articles on, well, just about everything — from choosing the best fly-fishing vest to doing PR for a small business during a …