German Buch News: DFW’s Infinite Jest hits Germany, Blog Launched

In German Buch News, News by Edward Nawotka

By Siobhan O’Leary On August 24, the late author David Foster Wallace’s magnum opus Infinite Jest will finally be published in German. The translation itself took Ulrich Blumenbach six years to complete and the book will be printed by Kipeneheuer & Witsch as Unendlicher Spaß. Inspired by www.infinitesummer.org, as US based book club site which has been hosting a discussion …

Top US/UK Trade Talk: Rethinking Contracts; Borders UK at Risk

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By Edward Nawotka At BookBrunch, Preface publisher Trevor Dolby challenges publishers to use the economic crisis as an opportunity to reassess the conventional publishing contract, one he suggests isn’t so different from the credit default swaps that got us into this mess. “Author advances are the original no-doc mortgages. They base their lending decision on nothing more than a feeling …

German Buch News: Free BookRix.de Hits 30,000 Users

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By Siobhan O’Leary Since its introduction last year, BookRix.de — a platform for authors and readers to publish and read free of charge — has added social networking features, added the ability to create audio books, and has made some 10,000 e-books available to read free of charge online. In addition, BookRix now offer over 8,000 e-books for free download …

Top US/UK Trade Talk: HarperCollins, S&S Profits Plunge

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By Edward Nawotka Scary…HarperCollins, saw “profits at the worldwide business collapsed from $160m to $17m,” according to The Bookseller — nearly a 90% drop. Blame was laid on the collapse of distributors Anderson News in the US and Entertainment UK and Woolworths in the UK. Results for the UK publishing division were not broken out of the results, but in …

German Buch News: Heubach’s 100,000 iPhone Downloads

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By Siobhan O’Leary Hamburg-based IT service provider Heubach Media announced that in just six months, 100,000 e-books were downloaded via its mobile apps. Heubach project manager Steffen Kohlhagen told BuchMarkt, “Six-figure downloads demonstrate the high acceptance of e-books on the iPhone.” Online book and media portal Buch.de announced positive results for the first half of the year, said Boersenblatt. Sales …

German Buch News: Inflation Boosts Sales Stats

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By Siobhan O’Leary The average price of  a book in Germany is up 27 cents to €11.55 — a 2.4% increase over last year. According to buchreport, this — and not an increase in demand — accounts for the 2.3% increase in sales for the first seven months of 2009 compared to the same period last year. According to a …

Top US/UK Trade Talk: Twilight Eclipses Harry Potter; Oxford Has Record Profits

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By Edward Nawotka As noted in today’s “Bonus Material” the Twilight juggernaut chugs on, crushing all in its path, including Harry Potter. According to USA Today, Meyer’s series — when compared directly with the first four editions of J.K. Rowling’s wizardry series — has outlasted the Scot on the bestseller list. It will be interesting to see if all the …

German Buch News: Amazon’s New 500 Euro Fine

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By Siobhan O’Leary Amazon.de has announced that as of August 24th, it will be charging German publishers a penalty of 500 Euros for any form of non-compliance with the terms of its Vendor Manual and operational policies, particularly regarding shipping instructions. One unnamed publisher from a well-known house complained to BuchMarkt that publishers should not have to pay for simple, …

What’s the Buzz: Trade Pubs Have it Harder, Lost at the Hong Kong Book Fair

In News, What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson The best of social media and the blogosphere… Publishing industry consultant Mike Shatzkin of the Idea Logical company blogged about how the digital transition is different for trade publishers vs. other types of publishers.  It’s a preview of a larger project he promises to reveal in the next couple weeks that will enumerate exactly why trade publishers, …