German Buch News: Fewer Bookstores in 2009; Bing Meets with Europeans, Too; New Moon Mania

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Just as the total number of bookstores in Germany was approaching the 1,000 mark, there has been a decrease of 3% in the number of stores in the past year, to 945 stores, according to Buchreport’s 9th annual “Filialatlas” study. The drop is partly the result of several chains closing outlets, including Weltbild and Wohlthat, and the …

Global Trade Talk: Global Reactions to the Revised Google Book Settlement Range from Praise to Resentment

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Siobhan O’Leary and Ed Nawotka The revised Google Settlement has sparked a number of reactions, but notably, the strongest have been from Europe. Publishers Weekly explains that the revisions limit the settlement “to books that were either registered with the U.S. Copyright Office or published in the U.K., Australia or Canada,” thus limiting the agreement to the “four countries which …

Global Trade Talk: Fixed Pricing Could Be an Obstacle for International Kindle; How to Write a Great Novel

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Siobhan O’Leary and Edward Nawotka Though Amazon’s Kindle is now available in 200 countries, including Germany, many are asking what good it is if only English-language titles are available for the device. According to the Boersenblatt, negotiations are underway with publishers in Europe, but no German publisher has signed an e-book contract with Amazon at this point. Questions remain …

German Buch News: October Sales Up 6.4%; Bertelsmann’s Cost-Cutting Works

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Branchen-Monitor BUCH reports that October book sales in bookstores, supermarkets and online channels were up 6.4% (bringing cumulative sales for the first ten months of the year up by 3.2%). Audiobooks experienced significant growth (+9.3%), with paperback sales improving by 8.4% over October 2008. Sales of fiction increased by a substantial 24.4% over October 2008, thanks primarily to the new titles by …

German Buch News: New Alternatives for German Digitization; Buch.de’s Sales Up

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Projects to digitize library collections, like Europeana, have found new life after the Google Book Settlement, but the debate has continued in Europe about the status of “orphan works”—books that are not yet in the public domain but whose rights holder cannot be determined. Though those books are currently not allowed to be digitized, Buchreport writes that the …

German Buch News: Looking at Lübbe’s Staff Translators; Holidays May Add Up to 25% of Total Sales; Introducing Tandoku

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary German publisher Lübbe has had translators on staff since 2007, and Buchreport features an interview with Klaus Kluge, Lübbe’s Sales & Marketing Director, about the merits of having in-house translators. Kluge finds that the stability is a plus, both for the publisher and the translators, who themselves have the security of a guaranteed income, as well as …

What’s the Buzz: Germany’s Publishing Widows; Why Asian Crime Isn’t Popular; Larsson’s Partner offered $3 Million

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

By Siobhan O’Leary and Edward Nawotka Though most of Germany’s largest media companies were founded by men, the tagespiegel points out how many of these companies have since been taken over by the younger wives of said founders. Instead of “publishers”, they are “publishers’ widows”, though they wield as much power as their husbands did. Friede Springer (Axel Springer Verlag) …

What’s the Buzz: One in Five iPhone Apps in Oct Were Books; Publishing Changes Empowers Readers

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson A new study by Flurry released on November 1 says that more book apps than game apps have been developed for the iPhone (as written about in The Bookseller, Christian Science Monitor, Information Week). The study found that “In October, one out of every five new apps launching in the iPhone has been a book.” That books are …