German Buch News: Why Free isn’t Frei

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By Siobhan O’Leary The Handelsblatt blog calls the idea of “free” online content a myth, or better still, an easy excuse. The post describes time as the scarcest of our resources and that consumers pay for their seemingly free content by offering up what little time they have. What if all newspapers, magazines, etc., were to protect their content behind …

Top US/UK Trade Talk: Comic-Con, Random vs. UK Agents

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By Edward Nawotka San Diego Comic-Con International dominated the blogs and the Web over the weekend. We’ll have a report out in a few days. In the meantime it’s worthwhile checking out PW’s coverage, where Calvin Reid noted that the first day of the show was “strangely subdued, despite being packed with fans,” and “the biggest announcements focused on digital …

German Buch News: E-book Prices; Suhrkamp’s American Editor

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By Siobhan O’Leary The launch of B&N’s e-book store has sparked renewed debate about e-book pricing in Germany.  Head of Libreka Ronald Schild told buchreport that the price debate will really get started at the end of the year, when German publishers are expected to release far more bestsellers as e-books. German e-books are typically priced around the same as …

German Buch News: More on Amazon v. Orwell; Bookface.de

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By Siobhan O’Leary The German trades are full of talk about the Amazon Orwell deletion. Among the most notable is the short opinion piece by Boersenblatt editor Holger Heimann which compared the deletion to a bookseller sneaking into someone apartment to reclaim books that have already been purchased. “Disaster is inevitable. A precedent has been set,” he wrote. Buchreport.de highlights …

Top US/UK Trade Talk: B&N E-reader to Use GSM; U of M’s 400,000 POD Titles

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By Edward Nawotka Plastic Logic’s forthcoming e-reader for Barnes & Noble make headlines on both sides of the Atlantic for the revelation that it will incorporate both Wi-Fi and 3G GSM wireless ability, something that would allow it to roam globally. The Bookseller notes that although the company originated in Cambridge, England, it has not yet announced a UK partner. …

German Buch News: Are Printed Maps a Thing of the Past?

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By Siobhan O’Leary German publishers may soon realize that the printed map is a thing of the past. According to Buchreport’s latest figures, sales of printed maps declined 21% in mid-2008 and have dropped another 4.6% since this time last year. With more readers turning to the Internet for travel information and more travelers carrying around navigation systems in their …

German Buch News: Call for Book Ratings, Mobile Manga

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By Siobhan O’Leary As first reported in Der Spiegel, SPD (Social Democratic Party) politician Sebastian Edathy is calling for the formation of a voluntary rating system for the book trade, similar to what exists in the film industry, to identify writings that glorify Nazism or right-wing extremist titles and prevent them from being disseminated, reported Borsenblatt. BuchMarkt follows up on …