German Buch News: Read a Mystery and Learn German, Amazon.de Breaks Embargo on Raunacht

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By Siobhan O’Leary Read a murder mystery and learn some German in the process. That’s the idea behind Cornelsen Verlag’s latest iPhone and iPod Touch app, produced in collaboration with textunes, for the book Liebe bis in den Tod (Love Unto Death). According to BuchMarkt, the app is part text and part audio book. It features interactive exercises, definitions, and …

Global Trade Talk: Early UK Holiday Discounting; Would Salinger Appear in Court?

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By Edward Nawotka In the US, retailers may have put their Halloween costumes on sale, but in the UK, at least one major retailer is already discounting hot holiday books. The Bookseller cites the £9.99 r.r.p. for Jamie Oliver’s new book, Jamie’s America, which Waterstone’s is currently offering both online and off in the UK. At £9.99, that’s “62% off …

German Buch News: Indie Award “Hotlist” Criticized as Not Inclusive Enough

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By Siobhan O’Leary The decision by a band of independent German publishers to launch their own book “Hotlist” as an alternative to the German Book Awards (see our coverage here) has been met with quite a bit of criticism in the trades. For starters, the Boersenblatt reports that the Kurt Wolff Stiftung (KWS) — a prominent foundation that supports the …

Global Trade Talk: The Fight for Bologna’s Fourth Day, LBF Highlights Russia in 2011

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By Edward Nawotka The Bologna Children’s Book Fair may be forced to reinstate its fourth day following protests from international publishers, reports The Bookseller. Fair organizers decided to shorten the event from four days to three without consulting exhibitors, or without a reduction of fees. Numerous publishers have refused to pay deposits for next year exhibits until the fourth day …

German Buch News: International Lit Prize Shortlist; Youths Spurn Bookselling

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By Siobhan O’Leary Berlin’s Haus der Kulturen der Welt has announced the shortlist for its first ever “International Literature Prize”, which will be awarded on September 30th, BuchMarkt reports. The list includes works that have been translated into German from English, Persian, and Spanish and includes Daniel Alarcón’s Lost City Radio (originally published by HarperCollins US), DeNiro’s Game by Rawi Hage (published by Anansi …

What’s the Buzz: Flaws in Google Book Search, Dan Brown Videos, China’s Bestsellers

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By Hannah Johnson Adding to the pervasive anti-Google rhetoric, Geoffrey Nunberg wrote in the Chronicle of Higher Education about the failings of Google’s Book Search, particularly with regards to metadata. He said, “the book search’s metadata are a train wreck: a mishmash wrapped in a muddle wrapped in a mess.” (via @ColumbiaUP) As Dan Brown hysteria mounts, one UK publisher …

German Buch News: IBM’s E-Readiness Rankings; Falks Travel iPhone Apps

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By Siobhan O’Leary In IBM’s latest “e-readiness” rankings, measuring the quality and effectiveness of information and communication technology in the world’s largest economies, Germany has landed at number 17 — three spots lower than last year, reports BuchMarkt. However, when it comes to the specific categories of innovation and e-business development, Germany ranks among the leaders. Denmark, Sweden and the …

Global Trade Talk: Europeans Balk at Untranslated Google Settlement

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By Siobhan O’Leary and Ed Nawotka The Börsenverein, along with numerous other European publishers, associations and international publishers, has put together a statement of objections against the Google Settlement. Buchreport.de summarizes the statement, which notes that the complicated 334-page Settlement was never made available in foreign languages for foreign class members to review. The objecting parties also point out that …

German Buch News: Lettra Expands Audience by 10 Million, Spiegel’s New Travel Site

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By Siobhan O’Leary Starting in October, Lettra, the online video portal devoted to books and authors, will have a much wider reach — 10 million users wider, in fact. Lettra’s video offerings will be integrated into the OMS Video Network, which provides local and national video content to the online versions of German daily newspapers. Borsenblatt has the scuttlebutt. Spiegel …