German Buch News: New Frankfurt Statement; New Wireless eReader

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By Siobhan O’Leary The Boersenblatt, Buchreport and BuchMarkt picked up another statement from Juergen Boos about the Guest of Honour China controversy, which was released online yesterday. In it, Boos reiterates that the Book Fair does not compromise on freedom of expression. He gives examples of several regime-critical figures from China who attend this year’s Fair, including Chinese Nobel Prize …

Global Trade Talk: Dan Brown, What Else?

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By Hannah Johnson The Bookseller reports that in the UK, Waterstone’s will open two hours early to sell the only 200 signed copies of Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol shipped to the UK. Waterstone’s is also staging a stunt at their London store by having World Champion Speed Reader Anne Jones become the first person in the UK (besides employees …

Global Trade Talk: Russia Over-Publishes, 1M Cool-er Sales, Brazil Book Fair Begins

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By Hannah Johnson Publishing Trends reports that the Russian publishers are struggling, not only because of the economy, but also from the effects of over-publishing. Coping with bookstore returns and warehousing the unsold inventory, distributors are having trouble paying publishers, which financially impacts agents and authors as well. The growth of foreign investments in Russia’s publishing sector could mean a …

German Buch News: Arabic Lit at Berlin Festival; Google Database Jumble

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By Siobhan O’Leary While the German media has primarily been focused on Saturday’s China Symposium in Frankfurt, Berlin’s biggest bookworms have been abuzz about the 9th International Literature Festival Berlin. The 12-day event kicked off last week with a rousing speech by Arundhati Roy and will feature nearly 300 events with 220 authors from more than 50 countries, according to …

German Buch News: Dissidents Barred from International Symposium on China

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By Siobhan O’Leary The international symposium “China and the World – Perceptions and Realities,” scheduled for this weekend in Frankfurt has been overshadowed by a controversy involving the cancelled participation of Chinese dissident writers. As reported in most of the German dailies, including Die Zeit and the Süddeutsche Zeitung, authors Dai Qing (the 68-year-old who is one of China’s leading investigative and environmental journalists) and Bei Ling …

What’s The Buzz: Most Pirated Books, UK Needs the Kindle, Quartet Press Shutters

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By Hannah Johnson The best of the blogosphere and social media… The Independent brings us a list of the top 10 pirated ebooks that were downloaded from BitTorrent, a popular, free file-sharing platform. Apart from Twilight by Stephanie Meyer, the books on this list are mostly about sex and self-improvement. Publishers working in these genres, take note: The Complete Illustrated …

German Buch News: Panel on the Google Settlement; Kids Book Prices Up 12%

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By Siobhan O’Leary You can’t browse through the German trade publications without reading story after story about the European statement objecting to the Google Settlement. Today, BuchReport features a round-up of an IFA panel discussion on the subject, which included Börsenverein chief executive Alexander Skipis, Berlin-based Google lobbyist Annette Kroeber-Riel, Dieter Gorny of the Bundesverband Musikindustrie (the German Music Industry …