German Buch News: Online Ads Hit €4bn; DK’s München E-book

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary The Online-Vermarkterkreis (OVK) [Association for Online Marketers] predicts that the online advertising market in Germany will increase by 10% in 2009 to more than four billion Euros. As reported in the Boersenblatt, the OVK estimates that the percentage of the total advertising market devoted to Internet advertising will climb by 2%, to 16.6% — in third place …

German Buch News: Uyghurs at FBF, Are Books Recession Proof?

In German Buch News, News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Die Welt reports that one of China’s daily newspapers, Huanjiu Shibao (Global Times), is sending a message to the organizers of the Frankfurt Book Fair telling them there will be consequences if Rebiya Kadeer, the President of the World Uyghur Congress, attends the Fair as planned. The article also reportedly states that China was not only snubbed …

A Year After the Meltdown, Iceland is Hot

In Feature Articles by Chad W. Post

By Chad W. Post Although Iceland has had some very notable cultural exports — Halldor Laxness, Bjork, and Sigur Ros among them — last fall’s spectacular economic collapse probably brought more attention to this island nation than any other event in its modern history. One year later, the financial sector may still be recovering, but its literary scene is thriving. “Our goal is …

Bonus Material: Interview with Icelandic Publishing Association President

In Discussion by Hannah Johnson

During Chad Post’s visit to Iceland for the Reykjavik International Literary Festival, he interviewed the President of the Icelandic Publishers Association, Kristján B. Jónasson, himself a publisher. In the video, Jónasson offers a great overview of Iceland’s publishing industry, including statistics, current challenges and opportunities. Also discussed is the effect of being Guest of Honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair, …

What’s the Buzz: E-books Offer Hope for Translations; 40 E-readers Expected

In News, What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson The best of the blogosphere and social media… Over at Three Percent, Chad Post of Open Letter Books has written a four-part essay on e-books and translations. But, anyone lucky enough to be attending this week’s Reykjavík International Literary Festival can see him present it in person. Post argues that, because the majority of translations published in the …

What to Expect at the Beijing International Book Fair

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka BEIJING: Trying to take in the totality of Chinese publishing is a lot like sitting down to a Chinese banquet and trying to figure out what to eat first. With thousands of publishers, both state sponsored and independent, putting out some 300,000 titles each year (about the same number as in the US), there’s a lot on the …

Bonus Material: Epicurean Classic Showcases Cooks and their Books

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In the United States, food and wine festivals are becoming more popular every year. The marquee events on the calendar are the Aspen Food and Wine Classic in Colorado and the South Beach Wine & Food Fest in Florida. While those events draw tens of thousands of deep pocketed foodies and celebrity chefs, a more modest event …

By Turning Authors into Speakers, Publishers Profit, Even in Recession

In Feature Articles by Karen Holt

By Karen Holt NEW YORK: US publishers’ in-house speakers bureaus, essentially nonexistent just five years ago, are turning out to be surprisingly recession-resilient — one of the few upbeat notes in this overall gloomy time for the book industry. Publishers are splitting appearance fees of between $5,000 and $20,000 (sometimes more) with their authors, representing a welcome source of found …