Global Trade Talk: The Fight for Bologna’s Fourth Day, LBF Highlights Russia in 2011

In Global Trade Talk, News by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka The Bologna Children’s Book Fair may be forced to reinstate its fourth day following protests from international publishers, reports The Bookseller. Fair organizers decided to shorten the event from four days to three without consulting exhibitors, or without a reduction of fees. Numerous publishers have refused to pay deposits for next year exhibits until the fourth day …

German Buch News: International Lit Prize Shortlist; Youths Spurn Bookselling

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By Siobhan O’Leary Berlin’s Haus der Kulturen der Welt has announced the shortlist for its first ever “International Literature Prize”, which will be awarded on September 30th, BuchMarkt reports. The list includes works that have been translated into German from English, Persian, and Spanish and includes Daniel Alarcón’s Lost City Radio (originally published by HarperCollins US), DeNiro’s Game by Rawi Hage (published by Anansi …

What’s the Buzz: Flaws in Google Book Search, Dan Brown Videos, China’s Bestsellers

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By Hannah Johnson Adding to the pervasive anti-Google rhetoric, Geoffrey Nunberg wrote in the Chronicle of Higher Education about the failings of Google’s Book Search, particularly with regards to metadata. He said, “the book search’s metadata are a train wreck: a mishmash wrapped in a muddle wrapped in a mess.” (via @ColumbiaUP) As Dan Brown hysteria mounts, one UK publisher …

German Buch News: IBM’s E-Readiness Rankings; Falks Travel iPhone Apps

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By Siobhan O’Leary In IBM’s latest “e-readiness” rankings, measuring the quality and effectiveness of information and communication technology in the world’s largest economies, Germany has landed at number 17 — three spots lower than last year, reports BuchMarkt. However, when it comes to the specific categories of innovation and e-business development, Germany ranks among the leaders. Denmark, Sweden and the …

Global Trade Talk: Europeans Balk at Untranslated Google Settlement

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By Siobhan O’Leary and Ed Nawotka The Börsenverein, along with numerous other European publishers, associations and international publishers, has put together a statement of objections against the Google Settlement. Buchreport.de summarizes the statement, which notes that the complicated 334-page Settlement was never made available in foreign languages for foreign class members to review. The objecting parties also point out that …

German Buch News: Lettra Expands Audience by 10 Million, Spiegel’s New Travel Site

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By Siobhan O’Leary Starting in October, Lettra, the online video portal devoted to books and authors, will have a much wider reach — 10 million users wider, in fact. Lettra’s video offerings will be integrated into the OMS Video Network, which provides local and national video content to the online versions of German daily newspapers. Borsenblatt has the scuttlebutt. Spiegel …

German Buch News: Bertelsmann’s Disappointing Half Year Results

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By Siobhan O’Leary Despite recent corporate-wide measures taken to reduce costs and increase efficiency, Bertelsmann is still struggling through this difficult economic year. The Boersenblatt reports that sales for the media giant declined in the first six months of 2009 from 7.7 billion to 7.2 billion euros, as operating EBIT (earnings before interest and tax) sank by nearly a third to …

Top US/UK Trade Talk: Will the UK Get Cheap Ebooks?; Munro Nixes Giller Prize

In Global Trade Talk, News by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Sony’s general manager for content and services development, Richard Palk, said that the UK would likely have to follow suit with US pricing of ebooks as the devices become more widespread in the UK. The Bookseller reports that publishers and booksellers are divided on the issue, with publishers setting prices as the same as hardcovers and while …

German Buch News: 65,000 Ebooks Sold in Germany So Far in 09

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By Siobhan O’Leary What’s in a number? The GfK (Gesellschaft für Konsumforschung), a market research and consumer insight agency, recently announced that 65,000 e-books were sold in Germany in the first half of 2009. Boersenblatt editor Michael Roesler-Graichen analyzes the significance of this figure, stating that most industry insiders are agnostic as to whether this should be seen as a …