Global Trade Talk: Russia Over-Publishes, 1M Cool-er Sales, Brazil Book Fair Begins

In Global Trade Talk, News by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Publishing Trends reports that the Russian publishers are struggling, not only because of the economy, but also from the effects of over-publishing. Coping with bookstore returns and warehousing the unsold inventory, distributors are having trouble paying publishers, which financially impacts agents and authors as well. The growth of foreign investments in Russia’s publishing sector could mean a …

German Buch News: Arabic Lit at Berlin Festival; Google Database Jumble

In German Buch News, News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary While the German media has primarily been focused on Saturday’s China Symposium in Frankfurt, Berlin’s biggest bookworms have been abuzz about the 9th International Literature Festival Berlin. The 12-day event kicked off last week with a rousing speech by Arundhati Roy and will feature nearly 300 events with 220 authors from more than 50 countries, according to …

German Buch News: Dissidents Barred from International Symposium on China

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By Siobhan O’Leary The international symposium “China and the World – Perceptions and Realities,” scheduled for this weekend in Frankfurt has been overshadowed by a controversy involving the cancelled participation of Chinese dissident writers. As reported in most of the German dailies, including Die Zeit and the Süddeutsche Zeitung, authors Dai Qing (the 68-year-old who is one of China’s leading investigative and environmental journalists) and Bei Ling …

What’s The Buzz: Most Pirated Books, UK Needs the Kindle, Quartet Press Shutters

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By Hannah Johnson The best of the blogosphere and social media… The Independent brings us a list of the top 10 pirated ebooks that were downloaded from BitTorrent, a popular, free file-sharing platform. Apart from Twilight by Stephanie Meyer, the books on this list are mostly about sex and self-improvement. Publishers working in these genres, take note: The Complete Illustrated …

German Buch News: Panel on the Google Settlement; Kids Book Prices Up 12%

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By Siobhan O’Leary You can’t browse through the German trade publications without reading story after story about the European statement objecting to the Google Settlement. Today, BuchReport features a round-up of an IFA panel discussion on the subject, which included Börsenverein chief executive Alexander Skipis, Berlin-based Google lobbyist Annette Kroeber-Riel, Dieter Gorny of the Bundesverband Musikindustrie (the German Music Industry …

Global Trade Talk: James Patterson Inks Deal for 17 Books; EC on Digital Copyright

In Global Trade Talk, News by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Well, we know one writer who won’t be out of work for awhile: mystery and thriller writer James Patterson has just signed a 17-book deal with his US publisher Little, Brown. “The deal includes 11 adult titles, to be published in hardcover by Little, Brown and Company and in paperback by Grand Central Publishing, and six titles …

German Buch News: Small Pubs on Facebook; Interactive Kid’s Books

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By Siobhan O’Leary German publishers are setting up their own Facebook fan pages in increasing numbers, but size doesn’t seem to matter when it comes to attracting the most fans on the world’s largest social network. According to BuchMarkt, small independent publishers have the most success in attracting followers. The first through third ranks are held by Echtzeit Verlag, Residenz …