Germany Challenges Google Books at Its Own Game

In Europe by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary BERLIN: Nowhere has there been more hand ringing about the Google Books project than in Europe. In Germany, the issue even attracted the attention of Chancellor Angela Merkel, who expressed her displeasure with the Google Book settlement prior to the opening of the Frankfurt Book Fair last October. In the intervening months, changes to the settlement have …

Google Editions Coming to Germany in Early 2010

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Google Editions will launch in Germany in the first half of 2010, says Annabella Weisl, Google Book Search Manager for Germany, in an interview with Borsenblatt. She says Google has 9,000 participating publishers and 600,000 titles in Europe, many of which are German. In addition, a supplementary agreement for German publishers who want to participate in the Google …

Half of Bookstore Purchases are Impromptu

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Those who buy books online shop differently from those who go to the bookstore, according to a survey conducted by Germany’s GfK market research group and reported in the Boersenblatt. For one thing, 70% of book orders placed on are planned ahead of time. Impulse buys are much more common in brick and mortar stores. GfK …

Fewer Twentysomething Readers in Germany

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary A study conducted by the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels (the German Publishers and Booksellers Association), revealed the percentage of 20- to 29-year-olds who “read daily” or “more than daily” dropped from 37 to 33%.  The same group, one which grew up using computer technology and the Internet consider themselves as Internet users first and readers second.

November Sales Reversal in Germany

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Book sales in Germany for the month of November were down by 5.3%, according to buchreport, and thus jeopardize cumulative gains made over the course of the year. At the end of eleven months, sales for the year as a whole are up a mere 0.9% over last year. December usually accounts for more than double the …

Two of Five Germans Bought Books Online in ’09

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary The Arbeitsgemeinschaft Online Forschung (AGOF)—the Online Research Study Group—reports that 39.6% of German Internet users have bought books online in the past year. That number is up 2.4% over last year’s results and makes books the most-purchased product online, directly ahead of tickets to events (33.3%) and music (25.2%). As reported in the Boersenblatt, those in the …

After Six Years, Germany’s KiWi Cashes In on Infinite Jest

In Europe by Amanda DeMarco

By Amanda DeMarco COLOGNE: It was “not self-evident” that David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest would enter the German literary world, says Helge Malchow, publisher at Cologne-based Kiepenheuer & Witsch (KiWi). Buchmarkt named Malchow Publisher of the Year in 2005, the same year a Welt Online article called him “the Bismarck of German publishing, its lord and savior.” About 50% of …

German Trendsetters at Klett-Cotta on the Benefits of Being Big

In Feature Articles by Amanda DeMarco

By Amanda DeMarco STUTTGART: Michael Zöllner isn’t sentimental about his days as an independent publisher. He and his partner Tom Kraushaar led Tropen Verlag autonomously until January 2008, when it merged with the larger Stuttgart-based Klett-Cotta Verlag. Tropen, which published 10 to 12 titles per year, became an imprint of Klett-Cotta and the two became CEOs of Klett-Cotta’s list and …

Bonus Material: Indie vs. Corporate Publishing, Is the Choice Still Relevant?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In today’s article about German publishing house Tropen’s transition into the folds of the much larger Klett-Cotta, executive Michael Zöllner stressed that the move was, by-and-large, a positive one. “The element of trust, combined with greater possibilities and safety [as a business] aren’t contradictory with independence, they’re an improved concept of it,” he said. “With Tropen we always …

Global Trade Talk: Global Reactions to the Revised Google Book Settlement Range from Praise to Resentment

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Siobhan O’Leary and Ed Nawotka The revised Google Settlement has sparked a number of reactions, but notably, the strongest have been from Europe. Publishers Weekly explains that the revisions limit the settlement “to books that were either registered with the U.S. Copyright Office or published in the U.K., Australia or Canada,” thus limiting the agreement to the “four countries which …