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

In German Buch News, News by Siobhan O'Leary

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

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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, …

German Buch News: Langenscheidt Goes POD for Tech Dictionaries

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By Siobhan O’Leary Effective immediately, Langenscheidt will be printing three of its biggest English-German technical dictionaries on demand. According to buchreport, the content of the PoD versions will be based on the annually updated electronic versions of the Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Electronics, and Technology and Applied Sciences dictionaries. Prices will range from 119 and 169 Euros — …

Arabic Publishing News: Iraq to Officially Censor Books

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By Chip Rossetti The Iraqi Ministry of Culture has just taken the unexpected step of launching a program of official censorship of books imported from abroad. The new rule also applies to books published within Iraq, as publishers are required to obtain authorization before printing. Needless to say, this has provoked a hostile reaction from Iraqi publishers and booksellers, calling …

German Buch News: Operation Parasite Publishing

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By Siobhan O’Leary Under the unflattering headline “Operation Parasite Publishing,” the FAZ reports on the reaction to a Google Book Search roundtable held recently in Munich. The article describes the library project as a mere accessory to Google’s “gigantic offensive” to steamroll the entire book trade and become the biggest bookseller in the world.”Things change, situations change,” said Annabella Weisl, the Google …

Top US/UK Trade Talk: PW for Sale, Execs Start Afresh

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By Edward Nawotka In the US, leading publishing trade magazine Publishers Weekly has been up for sale by its parent company Reed Elsevier, which says it is divesting itself of properties not related to its “core businesses” (which apparently still includes high profile movie trade Variety, which will co-exist along with a catalog of construction trade journals). PW is likely …