Free Book Giveaway: One More Story by Ingo Schulze

In What's the Buzz by Helen Gregg

By Helen Gregg This month, the German Book Office NY is giving away 10 copies of our Book of the Month, One More Story by Ingo Schulze, a collection of short stories. New Year’s Eve 1999, Berlin. At a party to kick off the twenty-first century, Frank Reichert meets Julia, his lost love. Since their separation in the fall of …

Newspaper Tests Pirate Bay Founder’s Micro Payment System

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary German newspaper die Tageszeitung (die TAZ for short) is testing out a new online social micro payment model started by Swede Peter Sunde, co-founder of The Pirate Bay. To this point, die TAZ has financed its online edition with ads, but now readers can voluntarily pay for content using a service called Flattr. How does it work? …

Argon Fails to Raise Euros for Cory Doctorow Audiobook

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary As we reported last month, German audiobook publisher Argon recently launched an experiment to see if it could raise 9,000 euros in three weeks to finance an unabridged audiobook of Cory Doctorow’s book Little Brother that would be available for free online under a Creative Commons license. Well, it didn’t go so well. The publisher was only …

One Week Away, Interest in German iPad on the Rise

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Just over a week before the launch of the iPad in Germany, a survey conducted by Forsa on behalf of German mobile company The Phone House revealed that nearly a quarter of those surveyed who had already heard of the iPad expressed interest in purchasing the device. As reported in the Boersenblatt, a vast majority of them …

Germany’s Big Publishers Yet To Sign on with Apple’s iPad

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Germany’s largest publishers have not been as quick to embrace the iPad as their American counterparts. As reported in the Süddeutsche Zeitung, Apple has not signed on any of the largest German book publishers to its iBookstore just three weeks before the launch of the device in Germany (though they had already landed Penguin, Hachette, Macmillan, S&S …

French Publishers Launch E-book Distribution Platform

In Global Trade Talk by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson The Bookseller reported today that France’s largest publishers will launch a joint e-book distribution platform in mid-June, with full operation of the system expected in September of this year. Publishers involved in the venture include Eden Books (Flammarion, Gallimard, La Martiniere/Le Seuil), Eplateforme (Editis, Média Participations, Michelin) and Numilog (Hachette Book Group). Distributor Epagine is also involved. …

German Chain Thalia On Track for A Billion Euros in Sales

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Worldwide revenues for Germany’s largest book chain Thalia have increased by 9.3% to a total of 498 million euros for the first half of 2010. (However, in a pure apples to apples comparison taking new store openings into account, that increase drops to only +2%). Parent company The Douglas Group reports that Thalia is on target to …

Publisher Vends Books Via Old Cigarette Machines

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Hamburg-based publisher Automatenverlag is hoping that locals won’t be able to kick the habit of buying books on the go once they start. The publisher has refurbished and repurposed old cigarette automats for the purpose of selling books, focusing on the neighborhood surrounding the University of Hamburg. The books — all original texts by Hamburg authors, ranging …

Publishing Paradox: Germany’s Random House Audio Starts Print Imprint

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Plenty of trade publishing groups have launched their own audio divisions, but now, turning the tables, Random House Audio in Germany is starting its own printed book line. According to the Boersenblatt, the new imprint, Tag & Nacht (Day & Night) will release its first three titles in September and will focus on “modern, intelligent entertainment” (both …