Global Trade Talk: Is the Nobel too Eurocentric?; America Gets Film of Dragon Tattoo

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By Edward Nawotka Peter Englund, the new permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy told the Associated Press that the Nobel Prize is too “Eurocentric,” noting that Europeans have won nine out of the last ten awards. The comments come just two days before the announcement, which is expected tomorrow. Could this bode well for Amoz Oz, the frontrunner? After all, …

German Buch News: Dissident Ai Weiwei to Miss Frankfrurt; Looking at Pausanio.de

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By Siobhan O’Leary The Süddeutsche Zeitung reports that Chinese dissident artist and architect Ai Weiwei has decided not to attend the Frankfurt Book Fair for health reasons. Ai has been recovering in a Munich hospital from surgery to treat a brain injury which has been attributed to a beating he received in August from state police in Sichuan while reporting …

What’s The Buzz: Bloggers Must Disclose Freebies; HuffPo Does Books

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By Edward Nawotka Twitter is abuzz with the news that the Federal Trade Commission in the United States has released new rules stating that bloggers who write reviews must now disclose when they’ve received a free product from a company in exchange for promotion. Non-compliance, as Publishers Marketplace points out, can result in as much as an $11,000 fine. Among …

German Buch News: 72% of Germans Don’t Read Bestseller Lists; eBuch Offers DIY Online Bookstores to Members

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By Siobhan O’Leary According to a survey conducted by the Emnid Institute for the Bild am Sonntag newspaper, 72% of Germans don’t look to bestseller lists to help them decide which books to buy. Of the 27% of German’s who do look to bestseller lists for direction, most were women, and 35% of those allow lists to influence their purchases, compared …

Global Trade Talk: NYPL’s 500,000 Books on Demand; China’s Big Media Ambitions; Lost Symbol in Spanish

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By Edward Nawotka On Friday, The New York Public library announced that it is offering half a million of its public domain titles on demand, via digital service provider Kirtas. What’s new about the model is that the library won’t have the book digitized, until a copy has actually been purchased in advance. “ New technology has allowed the Library …

German Buch News: Bertelsmann Founder Mohn Dies; Roth Wins Die Welt Lit Prize

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By Siobhan O’Leary Reinhard Mohn, the post-war founder of German media giant Bertelsmann, has died at the age of 88 (as reported in a press release from the company and covered in BuchReport). Mohn was born in Gütersloh in 1921, the fifth generation of the Bertelsmann/Mohn business family, and took over the reins of his family’s printing and publishing house C. …

What’s the Buzz: Alarcon Wins Berlin Lit Award; Rizzoli Speaks French

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By Edward Nawotka Deutsche Welle reports that Daniel Alarcon has won the inaugural International Literature Award from Berlin’s Haus der Kulturen der Welt (House of World Cultures). He was awarded 25,000-euro ($36,000) for his debut novel “Lost City Radio.” The prize was established to “showcase the works of talented Asian, African and Latin American writers.” Publishers Marketplace notes that in …

German Buch News: Bertelsmann Sheds 20% of Workforce; Arvato adds Digital Services Portal

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By Siobhan O’Leary Big news from Gütersloh this week: the Neue Westfälische reports that Bertelsmann is letting go of 130 of its 692 employees. This comes after several months of targeted cost-cutting measures in the face of losses that hit TV division RTL and Gruner + Jahr’s periodicals (both subsidiaries shrank by 10% in the first half of 2009.) Meanwhile, Buchreport …

Global Trade Talk: Zero Day “Compromise” on Aussie Parallel Import Laws; Stanford Publishing Program Shutters

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By Edward Nawotka The Australian reports that Australian Competition Minister Craig Emerson has suggested a new “compromise” with regard to the proposed changes in parallel importation laws. Instead of eliminating import restrictions and forcing publishers to print an international title within 30 days of overseas release, the new plan would keep the import restriction in place, provided publishers put the …

German Buch News: Libreka’s Free E-books; Wholesalers Expand Offerings

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By Siobhan O’Leary Libreka.de, the online book search database run by the Marketing- und Verlagsservice des Buchhandels, a subsidiary of the German Publishers and Booksellers Association, wants you to know that you can, in fact, get something for nothing. According to the Boersenblatt, they’ve just launched a promotion called “Download Days“, in which a selected ebooks can be downloaded free of …