Global Trade Talk: PEN Prioritizes Indigenous Language Preservation; Club Bertelsmann Becomes Zeilenreich; Amazon International Profits Up

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka and Siobhan O’Leary Last Wednesday, London-based International PEN elected Canadian writer John Ralston Saul as the organization’s new director, replacing Czech writer Jirí Grušá who has held the position for the last six years. In an interview with CBC Radio, Saul said that in addition to PEN’s traditional role of fighting for freedom of expression, he would try …

Global Trade Talk: Sweden’s Publit Aims for POD; Interview with Tin Drum Translator; Danish Retailer Won’t Stock Symbol

In Global Trade Talk by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Is this the birth of a booming Swedish e-book market? The epub blog reported that a Swedish company called Publit has challenged itself with making all of Sweden’s out-of-print books (or böker, the Swedish word for books) available to readers using Print on Demand. “Considering that 95% of all Swedish books ever in existence are now out …

German Buch News: DVAs Hot Madonna

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary The debut novel by German author Rolf Bauerdick garnered quite a bit of attention among international publishers at the Frankfurt Book Fair, according to BuchMarkt. Publisher DVA reports that his book “Wie die Madonna auf den Mond kam” (Madonna on the Moon) has now been sold in eight countries, including the US (Knopf) and UK (Atlantic), France, …

Global Trade Talk: Frankfurt Survey on E-book Pricing; BN’s Nook; Dan Brown Sales in Germany

In Feature Articles, Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Siobhan O’Leary and Edward Nawotka At the Frankfurt Book Fair, Buchreport asked several agents and publishers for their thoughts on e-book pricing. Joachim Jessen of the Schlück Agency noted that “e-book prices in Germany are too high”, while New York agent Andrew Wylie said that publishers should not bend to the expectations of the public or the trade. While …

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

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

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

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

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

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

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

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

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 …