German Buch News: dtv Adds Hardcover Children’s Titles; Stones Sent to Commemorate Fall of the Wall

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By Siobhan O’Leary According to Buchreport, dtv, the only German publisher focused exclusively on publishing paperbacks, will be expanding its list in summer 2010 to include an eight-title hardcover line in its dtv junior program. In the past year, dtv published ten hardcovers in its non-fiction program—the first time it had deviated from its paperback-only strategy. The new program will …

Global Trade Talk: US Online Price War; EC to Fast Track Digitization Talks; German Sales Up

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By Edward Nawotka and Siobhan O’Leary Mass market retailer Target has joined a worrisome US book price war that started last Thursday and has already reduced the price of some hot new books to a mere $8.99 per copy. As the Associated Press explains, the price cuts began when “Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said its Web site, walmart.com, would charge just $10, …

Aussie’s Take Two of Germany’s Top Children’s Prizes

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By Tim Coronel Australian authors Shaun Tan and Marcus Zusak have been announced as winners in two of the major categories at the Deutsche Jugendliteraturpreis, Germany’s most prestigious awards for children’s and YA books. [Pictured: the display of Shaun Tan’s books at the Frankfurt Book Fair by his German publisher Carlsen] The awards ceremony, held on Friday night as part …

What’s the Buzz: Merkel Concerned About Online Copyright; Schmidt Wins German Book Prize

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By Edward Nawotka On the eve of the opening of the Frankfurt Book Fair, German Chancellor Angela Merkel made it clear that she’s uncomfortable with the proposed Google Book Settlement. Speaking in her weekly video podcast, she expressed excitement about attending the Fair, while adding that “The German government has a clear position: copyrights have to be protected on the …

German Buch News: Holtzbrinck Launches Ebooks; Wolff Gets an Apology from US

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By Siobhan O’Leary The Holtzbrinck Group, including the publishers Droemer Knaur, Fischer, Kiepenheuer & Witsch and Rowohlt, has announced that it will enter the e-book market — starting with around 800 titles (with plans to reach 1500 titles by the end of the year). According to the Boersenblatt, Holtzbrinck has thus far concluded agreements with Internet book retailer Buecher.de and …

German Buch News: Müller Gets a Reprint, Free Ebook Distribution

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By Siobhan O’Leary The wait will soon be over for those who have like me been trying to get their hands on one of Nobel Prize Winner Herta Müller’s sold-out titles this week. S. Fischer, Müller’s paperback publisher, has ordered reprints of the paperback editions of a number of her titles, including her latest, Atemschaukel (Everything I Own I Carry …

German Buch News: Müller and Her Publisher on Winning the Nobel

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By Siobhan O’Leary Herta Müller has already been published in 25 languages, including English, Spanish, Swedish, Danish and French, and that number is sure to grow (and grow quickly) now that she has been awarded this year’s Nobel Prize for Literature. Praised by the Nobel judges for depicting the “landscape of the dispossessed” with “the concentration of poetry and the frankness of …

What’s the Buzz: Time to Start Talk of the Amazon Book Settlement

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By Siobhan O’Leary and Edward Nawotka It’s finally here! Following months of speculation, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos has announced that Amazon will start shipping the Kindle outside of the USA. The GSM-enabled e-readers will be available in hundreds of other countries starting on October 19th, reports the Boersenblatt. (and virtually every other news outlet). The advertised price is $279, and  which …