German Buch News: New Alternatives for German Digitization; Buch.de’s Sales Up

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Projects to digitize library collections, like Europeana, have found new life after the Google Book Settlement, but the debate has continued in Europe about the status of “orphan works”—books that are not yet in the public domain but whose rights holder cannot be determined. Though those books are currently not allowed to be digitized, Buchreport writes that the …

German Buch News: Looking at Lübbe’s Staff Translators; Holidays May Add Up to 25% of Total Sales; Introducing Tandoku

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By Siobhan O’Leary German publisher Lübbe has had translators on staff since 2007, and Buchreport features an interview with Klaus Kluge, Lübbe’s Sales & Marketing Director, about the merits of having in-house translators. Kluge finds that the stability is a plus, both for the publisher and the translators, who themselves have the security of a guaranteed income, as well as …

What’s the Buzz: Germany’s Publishing Widows; Why Asian Crime Isn’t Popular; Larsson’s Partner offered $3 Million

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Siobhan O’Leary and Edward Nawotka Though most of Germany’s largest media companies were founded by men, the tagespiegel points out how many of these companies have since been taken over by the younger wives of said founders. Instead of “publishers”, they are “publishers’ widows”, though they wield as much power as their husbands did. Friede Springer (Axel Springer Verlag) …

What’s the Buzz: One in Five iPhone Apps in Oct Were Books; Publishing Changes Empowers Readers

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson A new study by Flurry released on November 1 says that more book apps than game apps have been developed for the iPhone (as written about in The Bookseller, Christian Science Monitor, Information Week). The study found that “In October, one out of every five new apps launching in the iPhone has been a book.” That books are …

Global Trade Talk: Big Book Awards, US Price Wars, Germany’s Scoyo for Sale

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka and Siobhan O’Leary On Monday, Marie NDiaye won France’s Prix Goncourt for her novel Trois puissantes femmes (Three Strong Women). Meanwhile, this past Sunday, Nam Le was awarded Australia’s richest prize for fiction, the AUS $100,000 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Fiction for his short story collection, The Boat. The non-fiction prize, which also carries a AUS $100,000 …

German Buch News: Vodafone Plans Open E-book Platform; Suhrkamp Sells Archive

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By Siobhan O’Leary Mobile service provider Vodafone is planning to launch an open content platform for e-readers next year. Werben & Verkaufen magazine reports that the new platform will be introduced at the CeBit convention in March 2010.  Several publishers, including Axel Springer, have already signed a letter of intent to make their content available on the platform and the …

Global Trade Talk: Macmillan Pushes for Lower E-book Royalties; Bookstore Numbers Down in Germany, US

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka and Siobhan O’Leary Publishers Marketplace broke the news earlier today of a new contract being pushed out by Macmillian to agents in the United States that asserts the company will only offer a 20% royalty rate for e-books, down from the typical 25% and would be applicable to “all exploitation of the content of the book in …

German Buch News: Virtual Author Readings Gain Popularity, Advertising Volume is Up (Just)

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Virtual author readings are becoming a more common occurrence in Germany. The Tagesspiegel writes that publishers such as Berlin’s Galiani Verlag are creating bigger and better events that take place even if their authors cannot attend them or are unable or unwilling to attend. One of Galiani’s latest books, Nichts als die Welt (Nothing But the World) …