German Buch News: No E-book for Dan Brown; Der Club Opens to Non-members

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By Siobhan O’Leary Despite the announcement in the US that Doubleday will release an e-book edition of Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol simultaneously with their hardcover edition, Buchreport notes that Brown’s German publisher Lübbe has no plans to release an e-book version of the German translation. However,  Lübbe Audio will be releasing an abridged audio edition for the same price as the …

German Buch News: Hosseini Tops 2.5 mil., New €35,000 Translation Prize

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By Siobhan O’Leary Following Berlin Verlag’s May release of the paperback edition of A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini’s books have now sold more than 2.5 million books in the German-speaking world. Even Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier gave the book a little boost when he recommended A Thousand Splendid Suns during a German Bundestag debate. He also lists The Kite Runner …

German Buch News: Bookstores Give Classical Music a Boost

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By Siobhan O’Leary Sales of classical music products increased by 23% in the first half of 2009 and it’s booksellers who are partially responsible. According to figures published by the Bundesverband Musikindustrie, and reported in BuchMarkt, classical music generates about 100 million euros in sales in Germany each year, with about 10% of that sold in bookstores. Could this be an …

German Buch News: Berlin’s Students Launch Virtual Bookstore

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By Siobhan O’Leary A new virtual academic bookstore/library has been founded by Berlin students for students. The platform, called PaperC.de, provides free access to academic texts and can be searched by key word, author, title or ISBN. BuchMarkt reports that users can pay extra for certain services, like copying and pasting, printing pages, or marking certain passages. What’s more, it’s all completely …

German Buch News: Monetizing Online Content; Twitter Poetry

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By Siobhan O’Leary Newspaper publishers could learn a thing or two from reference book publishers about getting people to pay for online content, or so says Sandra Schüssel, editor of the Börsenblatt in a recent editorial. Newspaper circulation is decreasing at a rate of 300,000 copies per year in Germany. The solution, according to Schüssel, lies in creating and monetizing …

German Buch News: Book Sales Up 4% in July, Translations Up Too

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By Siobhan O’Leary July was another good month for the German book trade, with sales climbing 4% for book retailers, department stores, and online retailers, according to the August Branchen-Monitor BUCH newsletter, issued monthly by the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels (German Publishers and Booksellers Association). This brought overall sales for the first seven months of 2009 up 2.5% over the …

German Buch News: Thalia Bookstore Sales Up 7.5%

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By Siobhan O’Leary Booksellers in the US and UK may be struggling, but the latest news from Thalia —  Germany’s largest book chain — is actually encouraging. Parent company Douglas AG announced a 7.5% increase in sales for the period from October 2008 to June 2009, for a total of 618.6 million euros, reports buchreport.de. However, a large part of …

German Buch News: DFW’s Infinite Jest hits Germany, Blog Launched

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By Siobhan O’Leary On August 24, the late author David Foster Wallace’s magnum opus Infinite Jest will finally be published in German. The translation itself took Ulrich Blumenbach six years to complete and the book will be printed by Kipeneheuer & Witsch as Unendlicher Spaß. Inspired by www.infinitesummer.org, as US based book club site which has been hosting a discussion …

German Buch News: Free BookRix.de Hits 30,000 Users

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By Siobhan O’Leary Since its introduction last year, BookRix.de — a platform for authors and readers to publish and read free of charge — has added social networking features, added the ability to create audio books, and has made some 10,000 e-books available to read free of charge online. In addition, BookRix now offer over 8,000 e-books for free download …

German Buch News: Heubach’s 100,000 iPhone Downloads

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By Siobhan O’Leary Hamburg-based IT service provider Heubach Media announced that in just six months, 100,000 e-books were downloaded via its mobile apps. Heubach project manager Steffen Kohlhagen told BuchMarkt, “Six-figure downloads demonstrate the high acceptance of e-books on the iPhone.” Online book and media portal Buch.de announced positive results for the first half of the year, said Boersenblatt. Sales …