German Buch News: 65,000 Ebooks Sold in Germany So Far in 09

In German Buch News, News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary What’s in a number? The GfK (Gesellschaft für Konsumforschung), a market research and consumer insight agency, recently announced that 65,000 e-books were sold in Germany in the first half of 2009. Boersenblatt editor Michael Roesler-Graichen analyzes the significance of this figure, stating that most industry insiders are agnostic as to whether this should be seen as a …

German Buch News: Humorous Happiness Guide Tops 800,000 Copies Sold

In German Buch News, News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Rowohlt has taken the unusual step of repackaging the latest book by “medical comedian” Dr. Eckard von Hirschhausen, the happiness guide Glück kommt selten allein…” (Luck rarely comes alone…) as a limited edition of 150,000 copies that includes a diary with quotations from the author, a set of postcards, a CD of the author reading from the …

Bonus Material: Publisher’s Quest for a Test for Bipolar Disorder

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka As well as running Stay Thirsty Press, publisher Dusty Sang has poured his energy into raising money to help find an empirical test for bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder is a particularly tricky illness to diagnose, as it manifests itself in so many different ways. “So far, no such test exists,” says Sang, whose only son died from …

Translation Nation: A State of the Union

In Feature Articles by Chad W. Post

Editorial by Chad W. Post ROCHESTER, NEW YORK: For years, people have speculated that the number of literary works in translation being published in the United States has been in decline. I say “speculate,” because the publishing industry — which is notoriously poor at market research and data gathering — didn’t really keep track of how many translations were being …

German Buch News: Parliamentary Support for Google

In German Buch News, News by Siobhan O'Leary

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 …

Frank McCourt and the Texas Kid: What I Learned About Private Planes, Irish Accents, and Fame

In Feature Articles by Erin L. Cox

By Erin L. Cox Sunday marked the passing of Pulitzer Prize-winning memoirist Frank McCourt.  Best known for his internationally bestselling memoir about his poor, Irish childhood, Angela’s Ashes, Frank was also a beloved New York City schoolteacher, playwright, and a fantastic storyteller. What I worry about is that people will think of Frank only as the poor boy from Limerick, …

Canada’s Suite101 Writers Profit, Expanding to France, Spain

In Guest Contributors & Editorial by Guest Contributor

by Craig Morgan Teicher VANCOUVER, B.C.: “I sometimes see us more like a service to writers than just a publication. We want to make them successful,” said Peter Berger, the German CEO of Suite101, a company whose online magazine features articles on, well, just about everything — from choosing the best fly-fishing vest to doing PR for a small business during a …

Hyperbolic Heidelberg Appeal Distracts from Real Issues in Germany’s Literary Future

In Guest Contributors & Editorial by Guest Contributor

Editorial by Rüdiger Wischenbart Is the glass half empty or half full? At the moment, German publishing circles are absorbed in a very public debate over the digital future, one that threatens to split the literary establishment from the younger generation of “digerati” and “digital natives.” The debate was prompted in March after literature professor Roland Reuss (at left) published …