The latest book market statistics from Germany show that flat book sales are being generated by fewer overall book buyers. The Börsenverein calls for a focus on potential readers.
The third iteration of Germany’s publishing startup incubator ContentShift features mentoring and a €10,000 prize announced at the Frankfurter Buchmesse. And the first outing for a new YA translation honor will flag the book to American librarians.
The 2018 jury for Germany’s top literary prize includes literary critics, authors, a bookseller, and a former publisher. The winner will be announced on October 8.
Booksellers applaud the decision to exclude sales of ebooks and copyrighted material from the EU’s proposed legislation to curb geo-blocking.
Speakers at the opening press conference of the 2017 Frankfurt Book Fair stressed the importance of book publishing and freedom to publish, as well as the need to focus on tomorrow’s readers.
‘Traditional as well as language-focused and risk-taking narratives’ are on the longlist for this year’s German Book Prize, says jury chair Katja Gasser.
On the European Commission’s geo-blocking regulations for ebooks, the Italian, Greek, French, and European publishing associations issue words of caution.
Stepping up its international expansion with an entry into the US market, Germany’s MVB acquires two ordering services, forming a New York-based subsidiary.
On the way to Europe’s Digital Single Market, booksellers are alarmed by proposed EU legislation on geo-blocking and its potential effects on ebook sales.
Even as German booksellers see online efforts pay off, consumption patterns are weaker, says a new report: ‘A truly distressing drop in customer frequency.”