German Buch News: Hosseini Tops 2.5 mil., New €35,000 Translation Prize

In German Buch News, News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Following Berlin Verlag’s May release of the paperback edition of A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini’s books have now sold more than 2.5 million books in the German-speaking world. Even Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier gave the book a little boost when he recommended A Thousand Splendid Suns during a German Bundestag debate. He also lists The Kite Runner …

German Buch News: Bookstores Give Classical Music a Boost

In German Buch News, News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Sales of classical music products increased by 23% in the first half of 2009 and it’s booksellers who are partially responsible. According to figures published by the Bundesverband Musikindustrie, and reported in BuchMarkt, classical music generates about 100 million euros in sales in Germany each year, with about 10% of that sold in bookstores. Could this be an …

Alaska is Perfect for Reading

In Feature Articles by Gwendolyn Dawson

By Gwen Dawson ANCHORAGE: Before Sarah Palin you betcha’d her way into the cultural consciousness, Alaska was perhaps best known as the setting for the hit television show Northern Exposure. The cliche was that it was a remote, distant and icy land, a place marked not by the works of man but, rather, by his absence. The few people who lived there there …

Bonus Material: The Coolest Bookstore in America

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Every once in awhile you visit a place and think “I could live there.” That happened to me a few years back while vacationing in Alaska when I went to the tiny town of Homer to do some halibut and salmon fishing. Homer is a small city at the end of the Kenai Peninsula, about 225 miles, …

The Bookseller of Baghdad (Part Two)

In Feature Articles by Chip Rossetti

By Chip Rossetti Today Publishing Perspectives concludes its profile of Ibrahim Anas Al-Rajab, director of Baghdad’s legendary Al-Muthanna Library, and one of Iraq’s leading booksellers. Yesterday, Part One focused on the history of the store, from the early 20th century to 1999. Today, we pick up the story at the start of the first Gulf War in 1990 and carry …

Bonus Material: 1,000 Year Old Baghdad Book Market Survives Bombing

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka There’s an old saying in Iraq concerning literature: “In Cairo they write. In Beirut they print. In Baghdad we read.” The intellectual heart of Baghdad has, for much of the past millennium, been Mutanabi Street, where many of the city’s bookstores and most popular cafes are located. The street is named after the first century poet Abul Tayyeb …

German Buch News: Thalia Bookstore Sales Up 7.5%

In German Buch News, News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Booksellers in the US and UK may be struggling, but the latest news from Thalia —  Germany’s largest book chain — is actually encouraging. Parent company Douglas AG announced a 7.5% increase in sales for the period from October 2008 to June 2009, for a total of 618.6 million euros, reports buchreport.de. However, a large part of …

The Bookseller of Baghdad (Part One)

In Feature Articles by Chip Rossetti

By Chip Rossetti Today Publishing Perspectives offers a rare and exclusive profile of Ibrahim Anas Al-Rajab, director of Baghdad’s legendary Al-Muthanna Library, and one of Iraq’s leading booksellers. Part one, published today, focuses on the history of the store, from the early 20th century to 1999, when it mysteriously burnt down. Tomorrow, we continue with Part 2, picking up from …

Bonus Material: How Aussies Find the Best Book Deals

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka While the recent recommendation by the Australian Productivity Commission seeking to lift the ban on parallel importation ultimately threatens to flood the country with cheap US and UK editions of books — the changes won’t take place for three years. At the moment it is still possible to get reasonably priced editions shipped from overseas. The biggest …