German Buch News: Online Ads Hit €4bn; DK’s München E-book

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary The Online-Vermarkterkreis (OVK) [Association for Online Marketers] predicts that the online advertising market in Germany will increase by 10% in 2009 to more than four billion Euros. As reported in the Boersenblatt, the OVK estimates that the percentage of the total advertising market devoted to Internet advertising will climb by 2%, to 16.6% — in third place …

Global Trade Talk: Sony’s E-Reader Hits Prime Time; Lost Symbol Sells 2 Million; Bologna Back to Four Days

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By Edward Nawotka Sony has launched a flashy new television ad campaign to promote its new e-reader in the US. The prime time spots features a trio of celebrities — comedienne Amy Sedaris, Super Bowl MVP Peyton Manning, singer Justin Timberlake — and a guy named Howard who we’re told is “aspeed reader” — sitting on a spinning dais plugging …

German Buch News: Libri, KNV End Distribution Agreement; Salt is Cookbook of the Year

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By Siobhan O’Leary German book wholesalers Libri and KNV are ending their year-long experiment in combined distribution on December 31st. According to Buchreport, the fact that the two wholesalers had very different systems and procedures prevented them from realizing the cost savings they’d anticipated. In addition, certain regions lacked infrastructure for distribution leading to further problems. LitVideo and Lübbe are working …

What’s the Buzz: Recommending E-Bundles; UK E-Textbook Adoption, Twitter Dating

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By Hannah Johnson Computerworld’s Mike Elgin writes that further hardware innovations are not what consumers or the publishing industry needs to develop the ebook market. Instead, Elgin wants more “bundled” books that include digital, print and audio versions, ebook releases prior to the print version, and ebooks that come with a built-in social network. The comments to the post are …

German Buch News: Online Book Buyers Up; Thalia/Spiegel Writing Contest

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By Siobhan O’Leary The Arbeitsgemeinschaft Online Forschung (AGOF) [Working Group for Online Media Research] — a coalition of the leading online marketers in Germany — has released its latest figures on Internet use in Germany. According to the Boersenblatt, this year the percentage of shoppers who bought books online increased from 36.8% to 38.5%. In addition, 56.3% of the 103,370 people polled had searched …

Global Trade Talk: Changes Coming for the Google Settlement?; Free Sci-Fi from Hachette

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By Edward Nawotka On Friday, the Department of Justice (DoJ) filed a brief recommending that the Google Book Settlement should be rejected by the court as it does not meet copyright and anti-trust laws. “Department officials urged the settlement parties to head back to the table,” reports Publishers Weekly. “‘A properly structured settlement agreement in this case offers the potential for …

German Buch News: Uyghurs at FBF, Are Books Recession Proof?

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By Siobhan O’Leary Die Welt reports that one of China’s daily newspapers, Huanjiu Shibao (Global Times), is sending a message to the organizers of the Frankfurt Book Fair telling them there will be consequences if Rebiya Kadeer, the President of the World Uyghur Congress, attends the Fair as planned. The article also reportedly states that China was not only snubbed …

Global Trade Talk: Bookseller Retail Awards; Hachette’s POD Facility; Aussie Book Imports

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By Hannah Johnson At The Bookseller Retail Awards last night, almost all of the major retailers nominated for an award walked away with one. At the start of the ceremony, Bookseller editor-in-chief Niell Denny’s announced that the Retail Awards would merge with the British Bookseller Awards in 2010. A highlight among the presenters was Peter Usborne, who presented the award …