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 …

German Buch News: Campus Crashes Anderson; New iApps

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By Siobhan O’Leary On the heels of Chris Anderson’s much-tweeted-about interview in Der Spiegel, Buchreport interviewed Franziska Schiebe, the online representative of Anderson’s German publisher, Campus Verlag. Schiebe announced that Campus has moved up publication of Anderson’s Free to September (from Spring 2010) to take advantage of the buzz that has erupted in the wake of the 300,000 free downloads of the …

What’s the Buzz: Twitter Indifference; Anderson’s Anti-news Views

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By Hannah Johnson The latest stories that have everyone atwitter in the social media-o-sphere… Why do we even care about Twitter? According to a Harris Interactive study (via Mashable), 69% of adults have no opinion about Twitter because they don’t know enough about it. A now infamous 15-year-old intern at Morgan Stanley said that “teenagers don’t use Twitter” either. So …

German Buch News: Parliamentary Support for Google

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By Siobhan O’Leary The Research Services group of the German Parliament is now weighing in on the pros and cons of Open Access and Google Book Search.  As reported in Boersenblatt, the group has issued a 19-page letter stating that opposition to the concept of Open Access is nearly impossible to comprehend. The report praises the transparency of Google’s compensation …