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Börsenverein Welcomes iPad, txtr Readies App

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Though Apple’s iPad may not be available in Europe for months, the Börsenverein des deutschen Buchhandels (German Publishers and Booksellers Association) has nonetheless released a statement about it, pointing out that they are pleased to see another device on the market that will make the mobile reading of e-books more attractive.  The Börsenverein also applauded Apple for …

Mendelsohn’s Memoir Melee

In News by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox Much like many other New Yorker subscribers, I am one week behind in my reading.  Hence, I’ve just come across Daniel Mendelsohn’s piece, “But Enough About Me”, about the popularity of memoirs (though does not mention a memoir of the same name by a writer friend of mine, Jancee Dunn).  In the piece, he discusses in …

Memories of the Future by Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky

In Book Review by Gwendolyn Dawson

Memories of the Future by Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky, translated from the Russian by Joanne Turnbull Reviewed by Gwendolyn Dawson This collection of seven loosely interconnected short stories, by turns whimsical and menacing, examines Soviet Moscow in the 1920s. In these stories Krzhizhanovsky primarily focuses on the lives of displaced intellectuals — those who, after World War I and the Russian Revolution …

Google’s Chief Legal Officer on China at DLD Day 2

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Day 2 at the Digital Life Design conference in Munich, Germany included a lineup of C-level stars from media and technology companies like MySpace, Amazon, Demand Media, and Google. David Drummond, Google’s Chief Legal Officer, answered questions from Burda Media CEO Paul Bernhard Kallen, Jeff Jarvis and the audience about China and transparency. Panelist also discussed marketing …

Amazon.de Guilty of Flouting Fixed Price Laws

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary In the David vs. Goliath-esque battle between Buchhandlung Schopf in northern Germany and Amazon, the little guy has come out on top.  As we reported last month, the bookstore took Amazon to court for allegedly flouting Germany’s fixed book price laws. According to the Buchreport the Hamburg regional court has ruled against Amazon, stating that it must …

The State of the Digital Economy at DLD Conference

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson This Sunday through Tuesday, the Digital Life Design conference is taking place in Munich, Germany. Run by Hubert Burda Media (one of Germany’s largest magazine and broadcast publishers), the conference this year will explore “the state of the digital economy.” Speakers come from all sectors of digital media and technology, including Jeff Jarvis and Amazon CTO Werner …

Booksellers to Shed Clothes to Save Jobs

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Fewer Germans are landing training jobs at bookstores, says the German Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training. As reported in buchreport, just 578 people completed apprenticeships in bookselling in 2009, that’s some 26.6% fewer than in 2008.  This may not come as a huge surprise given that both the Hugendubel and Mayersche book chains announced last …

Tech Offers Opportunities for Travel Publishers

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Don’t feel like schlepping both your travel guide and your digital camera on your next vacation? You may not have to in the very near future if Samsung’s new WB650 touchscreen camera with GPS and built-in map is any indication. The Boersenblatt suggests that it might not be a bad idea for travel guide publishers to collaborate …

Book Review: Why Poetry Matters Beyond Mere Money

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

Why Poetry Matters by Jay Parini Reviewed by Mark Garcia-Prats In the opening line of his book, Why Poetry Matters, Jay Parini concedes, “Poetry doesn’t matter to most people.”  That comes as no surprise to anyone aware of poetry’s relevance (or lack there of) in popular culture. Contrary to popular belief (especially among poets), poetry is not “under attack,” writes Parini, …

Oh, To Be in Rajasthan Today

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka The Jaipur Literature Festival starts today and looks to have a stellar line-up of authors, ranging from local celebrities such as Shobhaa De and Chetan Bhagat, to international starts like Alexander McCall Smith and Roberto Calasso. The event, now it its fifth year was co-founded by Indian writer Namita Gokhale and British travel writer William Dalrymple, and is …