Top US/UK Trade Talk: Bookstore Sales Up for First Time in 09

In Global Trade Talk, News by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka “For the first time this year, bookstore sales rose in June, increasing 3.4% compared to June 2008, to $1.10 billion,” but “for the first six months of 2009 were down 2.7% compared to the first half of 2008, with sales falling to $7.41 billion,” reports Publishers Weekly. Sony has announced it will convert its e-bookstore to the ePub format …

German Buch News: Monetizing Online Content; Twitter Poetry

In German Buch News, News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Newspaper publishers could learn a thing or two from reference book publishers about getting people to pay for online content, or so says Sandra Schüssel, editor of the Börsenblatt in a recent editorial. Newspaper circulation is decreasing at a rate of 300,000 copies per year in Germany. The solution, according to Schüssel, lies in creating and monetizing …

What’s the Buzz: Hold that Tweet or You Might Get Fired

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By Hannah Johnson The best of the blogosphere and social media… Does your company have a social media policy? Maybe you should check. While we often rely on social media to build our professional network and discuss issues with customers and colleagues, websites like Twitter and Facebook also offer a tempting forum for airing public complaints and outrage. Mashable.com reports …

German Buch News: Book Sales Up 4% in July, Translations Up Too

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By Siobhan O’Leary July was another good month for the German book trade, with sales climbing 4% for book retailers, department stores, and online retailers, according to the August Branchen-Monitor BUCH newsletter, issued monthly by the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels (German Publishers and Booksellers Association). This brought overall sales for the first seven months of 2009 up 2.5% over the …

Top US/UK Trade Talk: More Google Confusion, Gaming Amazon, B&N Gets Bigger

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By Edward Nawotka Last week William Morris Endeavor (WME) said it was advising its clients to opt out of the Google Settlement because they objected to the seemingly indefinite royalty terms their clients would be bound to accept. This week, the Author’s Guild – one of the organizations leading the initial fight against Google – says that WME is wrong, …

German Buch News: Thalia Bookstore Sales Up 7.5%

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By Siobhan O’Leary Booksellers in the US and UK may be struggling, but the latest news from Thalia —  Germany’s largest book chain — is actually encouraging. Parent company Douglas AG announced a 7.5% increase in sales for the period from October 2008 to June 2009, for a total of 618.6 million euros, reports buchreport.de. However, a large part of …

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 …