Internet, Critics Motivate Book Buyers in Germany

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary What draws customers into bookstores in Germany and how well informed are they about what they will find there? Cologne-based agency Die Gefährten recently attempted to answer these questions by surveying 400 book-buying customers from the bookstores Mayersche and Stern Verlag in Düsseldorf and Hugendubel in Munich. According to the survey, the results of which were published …

Paris Celebrates North African Authors

In Global Trade Talk by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije The 16th edition of Maghreb des Livres, a book festival celebrating authors from North Africa or relating to the region, is being held this weekend auspiciously at the three-year old Museum of the History of Immigration in Paris.  Algeria is the country of honor this year and literary cafés will be held to discuss authors such as …

Jerry Pinkney and his family’s book dynasty

In Children's, What's the Buzz by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox In USA Today, Bob Minzesheimer writes a lovely piece about Jerry Pinkney who recently won the Caldecott Medal for his book The Lion & The Mouse.  As the first individual African-American to win the Caldecott Medal, Pinkney is an inspiration to other African-American writers and illustrators…even the ones in his family. His wife, children, and their spouses …

Amazon Wants You to Touch Their Kindle

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Not willing to concede the “gee-whiz-that’s-awesome” PR to Apple, the news has leaked that Amazon has bought Touchco — a six-person start-up that was working to develop touch sensitive overlays for handheld electronic devices. In its coverage, the New York Times interviewed Colin Sebastian, an analyst at Lazard Capital, who said the move “would suggest Amazon is …

Chefkoch Gaining on YouTube, Facebook (in Germany)

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

Siobhan O’Leary Nielsen has released a list of the most popular social media networks in Germany and, for the first time ever, the site, focused on food and cooking, has made it into the top ten (with 4.9 million users in December 2009). As reported in the Boersenblatt, Germany was the only country surveyed to have a top ten site …

German Book Office Fiction Rights List – Fall 2009

In German Buch News by Hannah Johnson

This season’s list includes a bestselling titles from independent and large publishers in Germany, as well as a German Book Prize winner. Download the rights list PDF for further information about each title, including synopses and rights contacts. Twice a year, the German Book Office New York (GBO) presents its Rights Lists of adult fiction titles to North American publishers, …

What is the best way to learn a language?

In Global Trade Talk by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox In today’s story, Siobhan O’Leary writes about the role of translators in international publishing.  As publishing goes global and learning other languages are necessary for conducting business, it begs the question…what is the best way to learn a language? Write in and tell me what has worked best for you.

Review: Shadow Tag by Louise Erdrich

In Book Review by Gwendolyn Dawson

By Gwendolyn Dawson This bleak novel tracks the slow destruction of a marriage and, ultimately, a family. Irene, a failed historian, and her husband Gil, an artist who’s grown famous off of his revealing portraits of Irene, are the parents of three precocious children, including a math genius and a budding artist. While the love between Irene and Gil is …

Dueling Translations Sparks Bizarre Post

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

At the Three Percent blog, Open Letter Books publisher Chad Post writes about the simultaneous publication of two new translations of Ilf & Petrov’s novel The Golden Calf — one published by Open Letter and the other, titled The Little Golden Calf and published by Russian Life magazine. (Yes, that Russian Life — the former propaganda organ of the USSR). …

Amazon May “Capitulate” to Macmillan’s Demands

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka The battle may already be over in the burgeoning saga of Amazon v. Macmillan (standing in for the rest of the publishing world) which saw Amazon stop sales of Macmillan titles after the publisher told Amazon it wanted to change it’s terms of business, moving to an agency model. On Sunday Amazon posted a letter to its …