‘The cat bites its own tail,’ says the Börsenverein’s legal adviser, in a German court decision on book discounts offered by vendors on Ebay.
The Polish Book Chamber has heard arguments for and against its long-running effort at legislation to established fixed book pricing.
With 107 bookstores worldwide, Kinokuniya’s director of import and distribution, Hiroshi Sogo, gives us his international bookselling insights.
In its annual review of Germany’s entertainment media sector, PriceWaterhouseCooper predicts stable revenue from the German book market through 2020.
The publisher of Poland’s edition of ‘The Black Book of Women,’ related to this week’s protests, Beata Stasińska talks of ‘the inscrutable fate of books.’
International publishing rights agent Stephanie Barrouillet of Tel Aviv describes the effects of a short-lived fixed-price law, just repealed by Israel.
‘Heavy discounting will destroy market order, and idiotic populism will come to reign,’ says Kinokuniya’s Hiroshi Sogo, whose Tokyo base aggressively supports English and other-language work.
Israel has repealed its Law for the Protection of Literature and Writers, which required fixed book prices for 18 months and minimum author royalty rates.
Ahead of Digital Book World 2016, Dr. Jessica Sänger of the German Booksellers and Publishers Association gives some context to discussions about changing copyright laws.
Germany will soon finalize fixed prices for ebooks, but questions remain about how this will affect various sales models and ebook adoption rates.