German Buch News: Holiday Book Sales Top ’08; Editor to Document Six Months Offline

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Book sales for the second Saturday of the official holiday shopping season in Germany were up 2.9% over the same day last year, reports the Borsenblatt. The bestselling title was once again Das Verlorene Symbol (The Lost Symbol) by Dan Brown, with Manfred Lütz’s title Irre – Wir behandeln die Falschen (Insane – We’re Treating the Wrong …

What’s the Buzz: Working with Netbook Makers; LeWeb Starts Tomorrow; Mediabistro Launches E-book Newsletter

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson On Teleread, David Rothman poses an interesting question: Should publishers form relationships with netbook makers like Hewlett-Packard? Rothman believes that more consumers will be trying out e-books in the coming year on netbooks, not dedicated e-readers. Year-to-date sales of netbooks have grown by 264%, and if prices continue to drop, publishers might want to consider ways they …

Global Trade Talk: Digital Mag Newsstand to Launch Next Week; Nook Gets Mixed Reviews; B&T and Blackwell Swap Companies

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Magazine publishers News Corp., Time Inc., Condé Nast, Hearst and Meredith, are forming a consortium and funding a project to create “a reading application, a ‘robust’ publishing platform, a digital storefront for consumers and a new line-up of ‘immersive advertising opportunities,’” says the Financial Times. The project will launch next week, says The Guardian. Though products, such …

German Buch News: Germans Buying More English-language Books; Reduced VAT for Books Challenged

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Berlin Verlag, and its British parent company Bloomsbury, have distributed Bloomsbury’s English-language titles in Germany, Austria and Switzerland since 2005. The books are distributed via Berlin Verlag’s distributor Prolit. This week, Prolit will also begin distributing the popular science titles of Bloomsbury’s subsidiary A&C Black. As reported in Buchreport, part of the reason for this expansion is the news that …

German Buch News: Buecher’s Sales Up 15%; 2009 is Biggest Year Yet for Downloads; Holiday Sales Stat Correction

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary The head of online retailer buecher.de, Gerd Robertz, discussed November’s double-digit growth in online sales with Buchreport, adding that his own site has seen a sales bump of 15% for the year as a whole.  He also reports that monthly e-book sales for the company are in the five figure range. Germans have spent more money than …

Global Trade Talk, Spain: Proposed Piracy Law Draws Proests; Tusquets’ Prize for Emerging Writers; Marcial Pons and Gadir Honored by Government

In Global Trade Talk by Emily Williams

By Emily Williams The Spanish Ministry of Culture approved a new law that would allow the ministry to order the closure without judicial review of websites suspected of piracy. The move follows three years of fruitless negotiations between content creators and internet service providers, and is designed to target not individual internet users but the peer to peer (P2P) sites that …

German Buch News: Sales up 14.7%, Online up 30%; Springer Goes POD for Paperbacks; Humann of Carlsen Verlag is Publisher of the Year

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary and Edward Nawotka Sales in the book trade were up 14.7 percent on the first Saturday of the official holiday shopping season in Germany compared to the same day last year, reports the Borsenblatt. Online booksellers announced an increase of up to 30%. Market research firm Media Control GfK International provided the figures to the Börsenblatt and …

German Book Office Fiction Rights List – Spring 2009

In German Buch News by Hannah Johnson

Twice a year, the German Book Office New York (GBO) presents its Rights Lists of adult fiction titles to North American publishers, providing editors the opportunity to read about new German-language titles that are appropriate for the American market. In addition, the GBO’s Web site features identical titles with expanded contact information and links to German publisher’s websites. Translation Funding …

Global Trade Talk: Borders UK Closing; Moody’s Twitter Story, Germany’s iPhone App Association

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka and Siobhan O’Leary Black Friday had a different ring in the UK, where The Independent is reporting that the closing of Borders UK’s 45 stores may account for as many as 1,150 job losses.  The Bookseller states that the going-out-of-business sales at the stores will begin tomorrow. Meanwhile, in The Observer, Rachel Cooke says that she doesn’t …