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

In Global Trade Talk by Siobhan O'Leary

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 …

Bolano 101: A Review of The Skating Rink by Roberto Bolano

In Book Review by Dennis Abrams

By Dennis Abrams Since the first appearance in translation of By Night in Chile in 2003, English language readers have been treated to a near constant stream of short stories, novels, and even poetry from the late Chilean-born writer Roberto Bolano.  He is that rarest of creatures: an author who has received widespread critical acclaim, as well as earning him …

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) …

German Buch News: HMH Expanding to Germany; New Beijing Outpost for German Pubs

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is planning to expand overseas, and in particular into Germany, which it has dubbed “the most important market”, according to Buchreport. Once the company explores the German market further, including the specifics of the German schoolbook market and public school system, it will be seeking publishing and distribution partners. The publisher will focus on …

Global Trade Talk: PEN Prioritizes Indigenous Language Preservation; Club Bertelsmann Becomes Zeilenreich; Amazon International Profits Up

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka and Siobhan O’Leary Last Wednesday, London-based International PEN elected Canadian writer John Ralston Saul as the organization’s new director, replacing Czech writer Jirí Grušá who has held the position for the last six years. In an interview with CBC Radio, Saul said that in addition to PEN’s traditional role of fighting for freedom of expression, he would try …

Global Trade Talk: Sweden’s Publit Aims for POD; Interview with Tin Drum Translator; Danish Retailer Won’t Stock Symbol

In Global Trade Talk by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Is this the birth of a booming Swedish e-book market? The epub blog reported that a Swedish company called Publit has challenged itself with making all of Sweden’s out-of-print books (or böker, the Swedish word for books) available to readers using Print on Demand. “Considering that 95% of all Swedish books ever in existence are now out …

German Buch News: DVAs Hot Madonna

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary The debut novel by German author Rolf Bauerdick garnered quite a bit of attention among international publishers at the Frankfurt Book Fair, according to BuchMarkt. Publisher DVA reports that his book “Wie die Madonna auf den Mond kam” (Madonna on the Moon) has now been sold in eight countries, including the US (Knopf) and UK (Atlantic), France, …

Global Trade Talk: Frankfurt Survey on E-book Pricing; BN’s Nook; Dan Brown Sales in Germany

In Feature Articles, Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Siobhan O’Leary and Edward Nawotka At the Frankfurt Book Fair, Buchreport asked several agents and publishers for their thoughts on e-book pricing. Joachim Jessen of the Schlück Agency noted that “e-book prices in Germany are too high”, while New York agent Andrew Wylie said that publishers should not bend to the expectations of the public or the trade. While …